The MATA festival of young composers returns to the Brooklyn Lyceum this week, in its first season under new directors Missy Mazzoli and Chris McIntrye. The concert starts in 1/2 hr or so, but right now, I'm in the Diapason Gallery Lounge listening to an excerpt from Leif Inge's 9 Beet Stretch, watching commuters scurry across 4th Ave against a pink-blue sky. Inge uses electronics to stretch out Beethoven's 9th symphony to a full 24 hours, which is at intervals serene, haunting, and absolutely terrifying.
I bumped into my friend Rich on the way in, and he said this is the kind of music he'd want to have playing in his bedroom at all times. He might want to reconsider that once he hears the chorus kick in.