In the new wave of Japanese contemporary music, Akira Nishimura is the front-runner for the "heterophonic concept." Using droning melodic variations, Nishimura creates a spacious kind of zen spikiness that can either calm the soul or mystify the mind.
Nishimura exhibits a particular concern with t
The music of Estonian-born German composer Arvo Part is often labeled with the rather meaningless term Minimalist. His work can be situated within the lineage of Erik Satie, John Cage, and Henryk Gorecki on the one hand, and Philip Glass, Brian Eno, and Laurie Anderson on the other. Part's is a music
Composer, pianist, and avant-garde musician, John Cage was a member of that rare breed of artists who invent their own artistic tradition. Philosophically linked to Dadaism, Futurism, and Zen Buddhism, his music amplified the unpredictable and accidental
possibilities of sound, always provoking cont