Quick hits of live music.
Bonnie Prince Billy
Last year, Will Oldham released the album Lie Down in the Light under the moniker Bonnie “Prince” Billy. The Louisville-based artist has used the name frequently over the past decade, along with names like Palace Music, Palace Songs and occasionally his own name. And over a prolific 15-year career, he’s earned heaps of acclaim. Johnny Cash even recorded one of Oldham’s songs. Here's a live tune from his Bonnie "Prince" Billy album, Beware.
The Pacifica Quartet is the resident quartet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a post that was held for 43 years by the legendary Guarneri Quartet. The Pacifica certainly looks the part of a next-generation ensemble: they have roots in Pakistan, Norway, Japan, Hungary, Iceland and one of the members has played with Bjork. The group won a Grammy for its recording of the daunting music of Elliott Carter this year.
Leif Ove Andsnes
The Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes was all about color in 2009. The French composer Marc-Andre Dalbavie wrote a concerto specifically for him, which makes its effect with a wash of instrument colors. Then there’s the music about color. Mussorgsky’s piano suite “Pictures at an Exhibition” is a work inspired by an exhibit of drawings and watercolors by the artist Victor Hartmann. In November 2009, Pictures Reframed debuted at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, in which Andsnes performed Mussorgsky’s suite accompanied by five hanging panels and a rear video projection by Robin Rhode.