Tuesday, February 28, 2012

NYTimes.com: 'Tania León...fused the barbarous perplexity of early Stravinsky with Gershwin-esque swagger'

[Tania León]

The New York Times
February 28, 2012
Music Review
Tune-In Music Festival Salutes Philip Glass
Published: February 28, 2012 
In classical music, a landmark birthday for a composer of note is nearly always celebrated with a concert (more likely, concerts) stuffed full of significant works. Philip Glass, true to his status as an idiosyncratic maverick, adopted a different approach in helping to program the second annual Tune-In Music Festival, which ran from Thursday through Sunday at the Park Avenue Armory.”

“If reedy organ samples and insistent, repetitive rhythms suggested an inheritance from Mr. Glass, concision and a holistic integration of digital media indicated Mr. Muhly’s divergent path. And Tania León, playing piano alongside Samuel Torres, a percussionist, fused the barbarous perplexity of early Stravinsky with Gershwin-esque swagger and the salsa master Eddie Palmieri’s reckless brio in an original piece dedicated to Mr. Glass.” [The website of the Afro-Cuban composer and conductor Tania León (b.1943) is http://www.tanialeon.com/; she is also profiled at AfriClassical.com]

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