Posts Tagged ‘Dagmar Krause’

Chris Cutler talks about Dagmar Krause

Saturday, April 3rd, 2004

The Wire, the UK magazine that covers “new music”, meaning avant-garde stuff of various colors, is fairly hit-or-miss for prog fans. The magazine is fairly condescending to anything resembling conventional prog, and most of its coverage will appeal only to avant-prog and RIO types. That said, for those people, the latest issue is a gem. There’s a pretty good feature-length article on Art Bears - as well as one on György Ligeti - that makes the issue worth its price.

The Art Bears article, as well as the review of The Art Box in the Soundcheck section, make the case that Winter Songs is the group’s crowing achievement, a sentiment that doesn’t seem to be shared by most RIO folks. The article is particularly notable, though, in that it includes sentiments from Dagmar Krause, whose voice was conspicuously absent from the booklet to The Art Box. Also interesting are Chris Cutler’s thoughts on Krause:

“‘I don’t write simple or obvious words,’ he admits, ‘they are not easy to sing. Dagmar had the amazing ability to make them make sense, to make them sound obvious. She sings from the inside and her accent helps to lift words out of their slots and give them a slightly resonant displacement. No one else could have done what Dagmar did on those LPs. I’m still amazed by her.’”

Also of interest to prog types in this issue are reviews of new albums from Einstürzende Neubauten, Absolute Zero, and the Satoko Fujii Quartet (Fujii’s band with Tatsuya Yoshida), as well as the Amon Düül II live DVD, Plays Phallus Dei.

Teaching high schoolers about the avant-garde

Wednesday, August 6th, 2003

So I’m bouncing between jobs at the moment - starting what will be my full-time job for the next two years next week - which is why updates have been sporadic this summer. I spent six weeks in June and July at the Governor’s School of North Carolina, teaching social sciences and Area III (”self and society”), which I also did two years ago. The neat thing about Governor’s School is that since all the concepts and ideas taught are twentieth-century, all the music that the orchestra and choral music students perform is contemporary stuff. This year some of the highlights for me were Pärt, Glass, Schönberg, and Penderecki. The Planets was also on the curriculum, to my surprise - I’m getting damn sick of “Jupiter”.

So the result is that lately I’ve been on a RIO kick (before and during Governor’s School I was on a free jazz, particularly Coltrane, kick). Current listening is In Praise of Learning - I really need to get me some more stuff with Dagmar Krause. I’m convinced that the only reason she has such a reputation as a “difficult” singer is because of “War” - really, aside from that song she’s not all that weird, at least not on this album.