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Brett Campbell

Brett Campbell writes about music for The Wall Street Journal, Willamette Week, Oregon Arts Watch, SFCV and many other publications.

Articles by this Author

Feature Article
September 26, 2017

The story of how historical performance musicians and new music performers found each other, and why they’re so suited to each other.

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Feature Article
September 12, 2017

The Philharmonia Baroque premieres a new oratorio inspired by Bach but with a very 21st-century twist.

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Feature Article
May 23, 2017

The anniversary provided the opportunity for enterprising musicians to produce almost unknown scores from the composer’s huge catalog of scores for all kinds of instruments, plus puppets, dancers, and the kitchen sink.

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Upcoming Concert
August 5, 2015

Meet the younger generation of composers invited to this year’s Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

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Upcoming Concert
March 31, 2015

A new opera muses on the age of information technology through one of its defining events.

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Feature Article
March 3, 2015

The composer, who appears with the San Francisco Symphony this week, connects music and visual art in his concerto In Seven Days.

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Feature Article
February 25, 2015

An in-depth discussion with the composer about his distinctive musical style, its evolution, and its ties to his worldview

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Artist Spotlight
September 8, 2014

“Cello goddess” Maya Beiser, prepping for a gig at Yoshi’s, uncovers and exploits new ways of pulling sound from her instrument, whatever the genre being played.

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Feature Article
June 4, 2014

As they get ready to premiere a new sextet, composer/ pianist Jason Moran and the members of the Imani Winds quintet share their vision of a more inclusive music and how to approach new listeners.

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Upcoming Concert
February 26, 2014

Composer Mohammed Fairouz addresses global issues directly through his music, which merges dozens of styles in a borderless world.

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Upcoming Concert
January 22, 2014

On Jan. 23, Sarah Cahill and the Ives String Quartet will play Henry Cowell’s music in two concerts at San Quentin State Prison, where the Menlo Park-born composer was locked up from 1936-1940.

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Feature Article
January 21, 2014

USC’s Thornton School of Music is betting that two hip, young composers can expand their students’ horizons beyond academia and foster more connections with musicians in the City of Angels.

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Feature Article
November 5, 2013

Guitarist Bryce Dessner of the indie rock band The National is also an indie composer for classical ensembles like the Kronos Quartet, a record producer, a collaborator with other artists, and even a little bit of an impresario.

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Feature Article
August 20, 2013

Born in the Bay Area, Classical Revolution is evolving and spreading around the globe.

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Upcoming Concert
July 2, 2013

Takemitsu’s journey from European Modernism back to traditional Japanese aesthetics made him one of the most original and beautiful composers of the 20th century.

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Feature Article
June 11, 2013

The 2013 Ojai Festival conjured by Mark Morris celebrated the music of Lou Harrison, now recognized as one of the greatest 20th-century American composers.

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Feature Article
April 30, 2013

With its Brooklyn Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic celebrates a phenomenon in new music, which is (or will soon be) thriving in your neighborhood, too.

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Upcoming Concert
March 11, 2013

A new wind quintet, City of Tomorrow, aims to challenge the string quartet’s supremacy by bringing to light rarely heard chamber masterpieces, while encouraging the creation of more.

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CD Review
February 8, 2013

The Alarm Will Sound chamber group links up with multitalented composer Derek Bermel for a collaboration that intriguingly breaks down all sorts of walls.

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CD Review
January 4, 2013

Composer Arvo Pärt remains haunted by the Bible’s Adam, and a new CD reflects his probing musical ideas.

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