Maverick Mixtapes: Alan Pierson

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For Maverick Mixtapes, we asked musicians from different musical backgrounds to curate an hour of music that they deemed best fit the ideal of an "American Maverick." Today's featured musician is Alan Pierson, conductor and musical director of both the new-music ensemble Alarm Will Sound and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.

"John Cage has entirely changed our thinking about what sorts of sounds can be musical and, more generally, about the role of the composer in choosing sounds and assembling then into a composition. Cage invited noise and silence into music, and he developed a vision for composing that was less about expressing the composer's intentions than it was about freeing music from those intentions.

"Meredith Monk was one of the great pioneers who ushered in the boundary-less, genre-defying musical landscape we live in today. She came from outside the classical music world, didn't seem to relate to the established art music canon, and yet was unarguably composing highly original music for voices and instruments. Her career outside of the box has helped to create a world in which boxes no longer seem so important." -Alan Pierson


Meredith Monk - Key
  1) Porch
  2) Understreet
  3) What does it mean?
  4) Vision (Pt. 1)
  5) Vision (Pt. 2)
  6) Do You Be?
  7) Vision (Pt. 3)
  8) Change
  9) Dungeon

John Cage - String Quartet in Four Parts