It’s spring break and I’m spending it “in the Matrix” exploring the blogosphere, adding to my blogs with mania-like intensity, and catching up on reading I’ve been wanting to do. In the hopes of getting some constructive criticism and interaction for my improvisation book blog, I emailed everyone listed in the International Society for Improvised Music online directory. (Now there’s a way to spend a Sunday afternoon!) And already it is starting to work–while no one has posted an online comment, I’ve received a number of interesting email messages.
In the midst of all this, I came across the article Resuscitating Art Music by John Steinmetz, a freelance bassonist in L.A. (at least when the article was written). It’s fascinating, offering a rather different take on a subject being extensively addressed by Greg Sandow in his online book in progress. Very worthwhile reading.