Author: Greg Sandow
Greg Sandow spent many years as a pop and classical music critic, and now is a composer and specialist in the future of classical music. He blogs on that subject, gives talks on it in the U.S. and abroad, works as a consultant to individuals and groups and teaches about it on the Graduate Faculty at Juilliard.
Mike Block was a POP Pick a year ago, so there’s no need to say much about him now – except that he’s a multi-genre cellist, Silk Road Ensemble player, the ideal 21st century musician (says Yo-Yo Ma) and the inventor of the Block Strap, which allows a cellist to roam free – or dance! – while playing, with the cello strapped to his or her chest.
The classical canon may inspire us, but does it also limit our creativity? Greg Sandow looks to the visual art world for ideas on how to balance the rich past of classical music with its promising future.