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Monday, June 27, 2016

Deep Minimalism festival review – exploring the minutiae of sound

St John’s Smith Square, London
A closing programme of compositions by Laurie Spiegel, Éliane Radigue and Edmund Finnis gave some focus to this festival’s slightly slippery concept

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A weekend of concerts sheltering under the umbrella title Deep Minimalism seemed to cry out for further definitions. But like the term “minimalism”, the idea of deep minimalism becomes more slippery and harder to pin down the more, er, deeply you think about. Even if the programmes that the Southbank Centre organised at St John’s Smith Square did throw valuable light on a number of composers whose music doesn’t get the recognition it deserves, they also included works by such composers as John Cage and Galina Ustvolskaya, who wouldn’t figure in most definitions of what minimalism is, whether deep or not.

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by Andrew Clements via Electronic music | The Guardian