In C 45th Anniversary

When you think of Los Angeles music, what pops to mind? Probably a seedy club on the Sunset Strip or the Hollywood Bowl. L.A.’s music tradition lay in film scores and rock music.

Which is unfortunate. Los Angeles is home to some fantastic music venues, including the world-class Walt Disney Concert Hall. The L.A. Philharmonic has, under the guidance of Esa-Pekka Salonen, has become a top-notch orchestra. And Los Angeles is home to the California E.A.R. Unit, as well as venues such as Echo Curio.

But the most interesting events on the Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl calendar tend to be pop/rock acts or movie-related events. (I am looking forward to the Philip Glass Koyaanisqatsi performance at the Bowl, of course, and John Adams is conducting his own A Flowering Tree at Disney Hall.)

But the number and quality of modern music events in Los Angeles pales in comparison to New York, which is undeniably the center of American modern music.

Only in New York could you put together the all-star lineup performing at tonight’s 45th anniversary performance of In C, which includes Terry Riley, Kronos Quartet, Morton Subotnick, Dennis Russell Davies, and Philip Glass. I’m so very jealous of my friend Ranjit – the crazy instrument maker – who was there.

The rest of us will have to hope that the performance was recorded. I understand that a whiffle bat was involved.

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