The indomitable Flux Quartet, who gave the first complete performance of Morton Feldman’s gigantic Second Quartet in 1999, repeat the feat at Espace Louis Vuitton in Tokyo on Aug. 8…. ICE will give the American première of Liza Lim’s How Forests Think at Mostly Mozart on Aug. 14. Pauline Oliveros’s Earth Ears and Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s Aequilibria are also on the program…. A hitherto unreleased Julius Eastman work, Joy Boy, is available from Frozen Reeds. More Eastman online: a ferocious Crazy Nigger from Monday Evening Concerts last January … Anne Midgette, in The Washington Post, made a good stab at creating a list of leading female composers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The list has inevitably proved controversial — Chaya Czernowin, Liza Lim, Rebecca Saunders, Isabel Mundry, and Éliane Radigue are a few of the significant names omitted — but the difficulty of the exercise only shows how stupid it is that female composers still struggle for exposure in many places…. I’ve been sampling the BBC Proms on Radio 3, whose audio stream is greatly improved in quality. An Esa-Pekka Salonen / Philharmonia Prom with Adams’s Naive and Sentimental Music and Marianne Crebassa singing Ravel’s Shéhérazade is totally superb…. The Rest/Noise ensemble, whose name I was pleased to inspire, is touring Michael Gordon’s Timber this fall.
Geoffrey Smith picks some highlights from the career of saxophonist Johnny Hodges
Appetite For Destruction Guns N’ Roses debut album went to No.1 in the US, after spending 57 weeks on the chart and selling over 5 million copies. Singles from the album, Sweet Child O Mine, Welcome to the Jungle and Paradise City were all US top 10 hits. Worldwide sales now stand in excess of 28 million and the album is the best-selling debut album of all-time in the US, beating Boston’s debut album Boston, which has gone 17x platinum.