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Charlemagne Palestine 

When: Fri., March 20, 7 p.m. 2015
Price: $10-$20
Twentieth century composers tend to have really good stories about the genesis of their craft and their (relatively) big breaks. Brian Eno came up with ambient music in a hospital bed, unable to reach the volume dial. When Morton Subotnick physically repelled the president of Nonesuch Records, thinking he was a prankster, the label emissary interpreted it as hard bargaining and doubled his proposed advanced payment the next day. But Charlemagne Palestine, a minimalist composer who hates the term, tells a great origin story. Raised Jewish, he played the carillon, a bell-like instrument, at the synagogue across from MOMA in the 1960s. In a 2013 interview, he said, “I played two hymns before my cataclysms.” The cataclysms endeared the city’s fertile avant-garde community. The synagogue wanted to fire him, but an unlikely fan, the president of nearby CBS Records, protected his tenure. It initiated the oblique takes on sacred music that he’s dished for decades. Only, sources at The Lab (2948 16th St.), where Palestine performs on Friday, said his show nowadays involves more teddy bears and booze.
— Sam Lefebvre


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