September 21, 2009

Quotes: What People are Saying about Bonnie Whiting Smith; &, wearing Steve Reich's raincoat

Mrs Smith has a website, & I just saw this section for the first time, What people are saying about Bonnie Whiting Smith:

"You look like a vestal virgin. People will mob the stage."

-Frederic Rzewski, 2006

"When you played that drum solo, it was tight."

-Anonymous 5th grader, Culver Elementary, 2006

"You're a good cop. You are handling this well."

-Steve Reich, after a rehearsal of Music for 18 Musicians, 2008

". . . a cross between Laurie Anderson and Meredith Monk, with a little bit of Karlheinz Stockhausen thrown in for good measure."

-Dr. Charles McGuire, after a performance of percussion and text pieces at the Oberlin Conservatory, 2009.

She also has a section in her photo gallery where she's wearing items of clothing from various composers. I think the project got started when Steve Reich left behind his raincoat (he has a famous early tape loop piece called "It's gonna rain", so you would think he would know to be prepared.) The other photos are with Frederik Rzewski & John Luther Adams, respectively, hatless, Mrs Smith in their hats.

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