Marc Mellits is a composer in his 40s who is just starting to gain wider recognition for a growing catalogue of works written for the Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can and the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, among other groups. His music frequently pulsates with the rock and funk sounds of his '70s childhood, as well as the techniques of minimalism, without relying on them entirely. With titles that suggest Frank Zappa, Mellits's miniatures are catchy and appealing, with frantic bits of Saturday morning cartoon music. “Fruity Pebbles,” for conventional piano trio, quotes both Rachmaninoff and the “Brady Bunch” theme. The group Real Quiet — pianist Andrew Russo, cellist Felix Fan, and percussionist David Cossin — plays Mellits'witty pieces with assuredness.
By Brian Wise on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Many adventurous composers draw from classic rock, but thirtysomething composer and violinist Daniel Bernard Roumain frequently takes hip-hop as a point of departure. His is an eclectic language that's built on a bro...
By John Schaefer on 05.10.07 in Reviews
Andrew Russo has done some imaginative programming — check out his album of pop/rock covers Mixtape, for example. That's a necessity if a classical pianist is going to stand out in a crowded field, and perhaps...
By Justin Davidson on 01.16.15 in Features
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By Justin Davidson on 12.02.14 in Features
Justin Davidson examines the way recent solo cello albums by Alisa Weilerstein, Jeffrey Ziegler and Maya Beiser reinvent that wordless, eloquent voice.