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Mark Swed

Mark Swed has been the classical music critic of the Los Angeles Times since 1996. Before that, he was a music critic for the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and the Wall Street Journal and has written extensively for international publications. Swed is the author of the book-length text to the best-selling iPad app, “The Orchestra,” and is a former editor of the Musical Quarterly. He was a finalist for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in criticism.
Critic's Notebook: An L.A. Phil festival with Bird, beer, Moby, Hancock and new music galore

A reflection on all the L.A. Phil frenzy over the recent L.A. Fest commissions.

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REDCAT gets into the Fluxus groove with Reidemeister Move, a microtonal contrabass and tuba duo playing long, low tones meant to get under the skin, muscles and into the nervous system take their body/mind altering cues from La Monte Young, also a major figure in the LA Phil’s upcoming Fluxus Fest.

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