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Sydeman’s work up for discussion

W. Jay Sydeman’s monthly series on modern music works created during the last five decades moves Tuesday to Studio 131 in Grass Valley.

Described by Time magazine as “one of the most talented composers of his generation,” Sydeman will talk about “What The @#%$^*! went on in Modern Music?”

“The ‘modern’ music I am talking about is neither reggae nor hip-hop but flows from quite a different stream – a stream of composers such as Stravinsky, Bartok, Copland, Schoenberg, to name a few,” Sydeman said.

As one of the most published American composers, Sydeman was a major figure in the East Coast 1960s’ avant-garde scene and was formerly Mannes College of Music composition department chairman in New York City. Since 1988, Sydeman has lived in Nevada City.

“The fact is that a great deal went on in the past 50 years in this ‘modern music’ scene and I rode the crest, so there really is a lot of stuff to hear and discuss,” Sydeman noted. “And I do believe that a composer who is marginally articulate and has ‘done it all’ (or at least most of it, whatever ‘it’ is) could demystify and desolemnize a great deal of material in this ‘classical’ realm … modern or otherwise.” Admission is by donation.


Also at Studio 131 is the “Digi Fest X-Posed” multimedia and digital film showings tonight and Oct. 7.

The showings are in conjunction with the studio’s art exhibition, “X-Posed: What turns the sacred profane?”

“Big Fun – A Love Letter,” “My Wife The Amphibian,” “Barbie Makes Friends” and “Profanity Education (A Penn Teller: Humbug Documentary on censorship)” will be among the selections.

Filmmaker Menlo MacFarlane will also perform “Foul Mouthed Boy.”

General admission for the film showings is $10 general and $5 for students and seniors. All presentations begin at 7:30 p.m. Studio 131 is on 131 Richardson St. Call 272-1680 for more information.

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