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Interview: Steven Mackey

By George Grella, Contributor

Whether you call it indie or alt-classical, there's a real, lively, expanding movement to combine rock and pop attitudes and accessibility with the compositional techniques and forms of the classical tradition. Shara Worden singing with an orchestra? St. Vincent writing chamber music? It's happening. There are roots in the minimalism of Steve Reich and others, but the rock element — the direct energy of the music — can be traced back to a particular figure:… more »