Essential: a masterpiece of country-rock music
Like a super-stoned campfire jam with an A-list of Cali hippie-rockers – including Joni Mitchell and most of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and CSNY – this hazy solo project by the altered-consciousness overachiever sounds like it was pretty much made up on the spot.
As one-third of the composer-collective Bang on a Can, David Lang is something of a genial father figure of the indie-classical scene. Talk to any of the world's main players and you're likely to hear them tell you about their life-changing stint in Bang on a Can's summer festival, which has acted as a sort of feeder school and incubator for the group's try-anything mentality. Lang's music has undergone many stylistic shifts over the years: In the 80s, he wrote bristlier stuff, but in the last decade or so, he's shifted quietly into a more pensive register. The Little Match Girl Passion, his 2008 work that won him a Pulitzer, was written for only four voices and some hand bells. This Was Written By Hand, his most recent recording, is a collection of short solo piano works played by the British pianist Andrew Zolinsky. The album holds the same, sustained melancholy mood: thoughtful, searching, elegiac, minimalist. Lang's way with repetitive phrasing doesn't feel like that of minimalists like Glass or Reich's, though.
The one DVD you will both cherish and employ, no matter how or what you paint, David A. Leffel: Painting the Portrait, Lewis in Oil, presents the world renown artist David A. Leffel, in 1991, in his New York studio, after nearly 20 years of teaching at the Art Students League of New York, directly and confidently defining in words and in brush strokes what painting means to him.
Daniel E. Greene, N.A. is a former instructor of painting at the National Academy of Design and the Art Students League of New York. He is the author of "Pastel" that was in print for 25 years and "The Art of Pastel," which were published in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Chinese. In 1969, Mr. Greene was elected to the National Academy of Design.
How do you see color? Which colors work best together? How are colors mixed? Why do colors clash or harmonize? How are convincing skin tones made? What is the secret of warm and cool colors? Of advancing and receding tones? These questions and more will be answered through this instructional DVD. Daniel Greenes unique color techniques can be applied to a wide range of artistic and practical uses. Whether you paint or design do portraits landscapes abstractions or still lifes whether you work in oil pastel acrylic alkyds or watercolors this new approach to understanding color may be helpful to you. Throughtout this DVD Daniel Greene illustrates his points using examples of not only his works but of art from the Old Masters to the Impressionists.