Thursday August 02, 2012
Mixtapes: Involuntary Songs with Bill Bragin
Declared “one of the most influential figures in the New York live-music business” by The New York Times, Bill Bragin has had his hands in everything from Central Park SummerStage to Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors festival to the annual globalFEST world music celebration. Formerly the director of the NYC’s iconic Joe’s Pub, Bragin is currently the director of public programming at Lincoln Center, is the music advisor for the TED Conferences and performs as part of the world-music tinged DJ collective GlobeSonic. He also finds time to maintain an active following on Twitter under @activecultures.
Here’s what Bragin has to say about his edition of this week’s Mixtapes, with a playlist that stretches from contemporary classical to world music, no-wave and beyond. An excerpt below:
The post-rock, post-minimalist (post-everything? to use your term) piano of Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, Nico Muhly, The National) undergirding the dramatic crescendos of Irish supergroup The Gloaming; Germany’s Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble’s shifting chamber music arrangements of minimal techno; ETHEL’s driving performance of composer/dj Raz Mesinai’s “La Citadelle”; and new music pioneers Kronos Quartet and Finnish avant-folk accordionist Kimmo Pojnonen filtered thru Samuli Kosimen’s samples –- all these tracks play with repetition, tension and release like an expert dj leading the dance floor to ecstasy.