Lou Harrison: A World of Music | Chicago Reader

Lou Harrison: A World of Music

92 minutes 2012

Toward the end of this lively 2011 documentary, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas says of the American composer Lou Harrison, "It's almost awesome to consider someone who could have had such a long career in music and was always out of fashion." Harrison, who died in 2003 at age 85, was guided by deep intellectual curiosity and strong artistic instincts: he was a colleague of the staunch modernist John Cage, but his absorption in the traditional sounds of Asia led him to forge an original approach that seamlessly combined Western ideas with Eastern tonalities and structures. Documentary maker Eva Soltes uses extensive interviews, still photos, and visual art, all threaded through excerpts of Harrison's music, to create a rich linear exposition of the composer's life and career.

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