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Boston Village Gamelan brings Javanese music to Brandeis

“Welcome to the workshop! You can watch us for 10 minutes, then you have to start playing.”

It was 4 p.m. on Wednesday, and I had an hour before class on a beautiful spring afternoon. On the idealized silver screen, … Read More...

Self-released ‘Evilution’ lacks intelligent design

If you had told me yesterday that I would be writing an article about First Born for this week’s paper, I wouldn’t have argued with you. I wouldn’t have scoffed and I wouldn’t even have said you were crazy.

I … Read More...

These should be the golden years for Yes

After a brief period in the spotlight when Hammond organs were the coolest thing in the world, the band Yes had to endure 30 years of criticism as one of music’s persistent punchlines. In the late ’70s, the punks used … Read More...

BEAMS marathon brings electronic music to campus

Graphic by Leah Lefkowitz/The Hoot

The Leonard Bernstein Festival is once again upon us, and the campus is abuzz with creativity for this four-day celebration of the arts. Perhaps you’re excited for the BTC production of “Dog Sees God” or … Read More...

‘Listen to This’ makes sweet music

While reading a chapter on Johannes Brahms in “Listen to This,” the latest book from music critic and “New Yorker” writer Alex Ross, I realized a key difference between so-called “classical” and “popular” music—namely, that you can’t really write about … Read More...

An improv piece on improv

It’s Wednesday night, it has been a long day and I’ve still got lots to do …

It shouldn’t be this way. There’s a school holiday tomorrow, and I should be looking forward to a night of revelry or relaxation, … Read More...

‘ArchAndroid’ features new talent: Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae’s debut full-length album “The ArchAndroid” begins with the sounds of an orchestra tuning its instruments in a concert hall, an audacious promise of a work epic in scope. Monae isn’t just teasing us with symphonic pretenses; the opening … Read More...

Early Music Ensemble rocks the Renaissance

Two weeks ago, the Brandeis Music Department was catapulted into the 1500s, and it still has yet to return. Following on the heels of the University Chamber Choir’s exploration of Renaissance-era a cappella, the Brandeis Early Music Ensemble presented “Mixed … Read More...

From recent to renaissance: Timeless a cappella

A cappella music is represented by twelve separate student-run groups at Brandeis, but apparently that’s not good enough for the Department of Music. Last Saturday, the Brandeis University Chamber Choir had the sheer audacity to hone in on the a … Read More...

Farewell act: Senior Leonard Bernstein Scholars bid goodbye to Brandeis

GRAPHIC BY Ariel Wittenberg/The Hoo

I walked into Slosberg Music Center last Sunday, and the distant sound of chamber music hit my ears. The doors to the auditorium were shut, and the hall was empty except for the greeters.

Uh-oh.… Read More...

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