Busdriver, Henry Flynt, Ecstatic Sunshine, Musket Critic's Choice Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., Sept. 12, 9 p.m. 2008

Violinist and composer Henry Flynt is best known—among the people who’ve heard of him at all, that is—as an art-world gadfly for whom even the Fluxus movement wasn’t radical enough. A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, he studied theoretical math at Harvard but thought of himself primarily as a philosopher. He dropped out in the early 60s and moved to New York, where he pursued his concept of “cognitive nihilism,” protesting cultural imperialism and recording avant-garde “ethnic” music. In the late 60s he briefly subbed for an ailing John Cale in the Velvet Underground, and in the 70s he studied Hindustani vocal music with Pandit Pran Nath. In the mid-80s he quit music to focus on conceptual art and academic science; he’s a prolific writer and has posted much of his output at henryflynt.org. Flynt’s music bears the influence of La Monte Young and Tony Conrad, and though his hillbilly fiddle lends it a startling traditionalist strain, the wild, primally exhilarating sounds he creates are, like theirs, grounded in detailed theory. This extremely rare performance is part of Adventures in Modern Music. —Monica Kendrick

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