JB & MTT- Where Now Is

By 2008.06.27 tags: , . Comment»

James BrownSF Symphony conductor Michael Tilson Thomas interviews James Brown about composition, performance, and timing:

From intro about JB’s music—
MTT: “We were all amazed by the level of energy, the attacks, the precision, the syncopation, the wonderful empty spaces.”

From interview—
MTT: “Being a conductor means you’re trying to get a lot of people to agree where Now is.”
JB: “NOW is right!”
MTT: “And boy do you do that.”

From APM’s series, The MTT FIles: “We Were Playing Boulez, But We Were Listening To James Brown.”

via The Kitchen Sisters.

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