The genre-free cross-pollinated music is here — but where are the venues where it can grow?
Revisiting an older post about genre, finding out that Genre in music employs people, creates niche markets and gives us something to talk about.
a special announcement about Ljova and the Kontraband going to WOMEX
Last week, I took part in two events which featured my music, and did not sell out to capacity… But should this count as my own failure?
“What kind of music do you make?” — This is a question that composers and performers get asked all the time, and, if you’re anything like me, the ideal answer is a diversion. “Well — at our last show, everyone was given complimentary ice cream, and everyone lost five pounds just by listening!” That’ll pique some interest. It’s just as dishonest as saying that what I make is a mix of “classical, jazz and world music” — it’s none of those, yet borrows from all.
It was in sixth grade “art” class at Columbia Middle School, that I — a 12-year old scholarship student freshly arrived from Russia with very limited English — and my classmates, were asked to vote on a radio station to listen to during class. Everyone wanted to listen to Z100 — everyone but me.