Whether shooting rock ‘n’ roll legends or herself, or rounding up images made by other artists, Lynn Goldsmith brings an element of fun to photography. Summer Fun, which opens at the Lynn Goldsmith Gallery in Basalt with a reception Monday, July 10, delivers all kinds of enjoyment. Foremost is the rock photography, but with a twist: Goldsmith’s latest works are Rock and Roll Mosaics, which use some 2,000 shots of various rock idols – Springsteen, Mick and Keith – to weave multifaceted portraits. Joining the mosaics are more traditional images of Dylan, Lennon and Johnny Cash, taken by some of the most noted music photographers. The In the Looking Glass series features humorous, often gorgeous self-portraits of a less prominent singer, but a major artist – Goldsmith herself, who recorded under the name Will Powers for Island Records. A final form of fun are John Lund’s comical animal portraits.
After five years of silence from Built to Spill, fans probably gave up hopes for a re-emergence. The Boise-based outfit had been more a project than a band, with only one member, singer-guitarist Doug Martsch, appearing on all seven Built to Spill albums. When Martsch did reappear, with 2002’s “Now You Know,” it was as under his own name. Seems Martsch was just biding his time. In mid-2004, he reassembled yet another version of the group, using a trio of Built to Spill veterans. The hiatus was well spent; the new CD, “You in Reverse,” is as much a reinvention as it is a continuation, as Martsch and company fall into a comfortable, folkish indie-rock. Fans of Martsch’s guitar explosions – which would easily get the Neil Young stamp of approval – won’t be disappointed, though. Built to Spill makes its Aspen debut Wednesday, July 12. Opening is Brett Netson, a former member of Built to Spill (not to be confused with current Built to Spiller, Brett Nelson).
Dmitri Shostakovich, who was born 100 years ago, is up for examination and celebration at this summer’s Aspen Music Festival. The composer, who was alternately celebrated and denounced by Soviet authorities, is a primary focus of this week’s Forbidden Music: Suppressed Voices mini-festival. The Emerson String Quartet plays an all-Shostakovich special event Tuesday, July 11, in Harris Hall (where they recorded their complete Shostakovich cycle, winner of two Grammy Awards in 2000). The Emerson fit another of the composer’s quartets into their Thursday, July 13, concert. The married couple of Emerson cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han perform a Shostakovich sonata in their Saturday, July 15, special event. And both Chamber Music concerts this week (Monday, July 10, and Saturday, July 15) include his works. The composer gets a further look later this summer in the mini-festival Shostakovich and Britten: A Musical Friendship, which looks at an artistic admiration that managed to jump the Iron Curtain.
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