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From Space to Environment, Fluxus to Furniture Music: The Women of Kankyō Ongaku (Part II)

These are just a few of the women who worked at the height of kankyo ongaku. Today, younger artists like Aki Tsuyuko and Midori Hirano carry on the ambient tradition, while their predecessors continue to expand the genre into the 21st century.

Dealing With the Human Condition: Lisa Bella Donna

“All of us have to deal with some sort of human condition,” Bella Donna said. “And what better way to find your way through these internal things in life than through music.”

Maryanne Amacher: Selected Writings and Interviews

The clarity, beauty, and fundamental simplicity—and also utter sincerity—of her ideas and work make her intuitively comprehensible.

Duma and their Doom-Overload Nairobi-Kampala Electro-Metal Maelstrom

The majority of Nairobi metal bands operate within a classic heavy metal perimeter, but Khanja and Karuga are set on heading out so far that they no longer recognize the “rules” of rocking.

Listening In: Leni Stern, High-Flying Bird

Her new release with the group, coming out in June on her label, Leni Stern Recordings (LSR), is called Dance, and it was recorded in NYC in the COVID summer of 2020: “The music has a drama to it. It’s really uplifting, even though the time it was made in was very dark.”


The Brooklyn Rail

MAY 2021

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