NPR

Songs We Love: Peter Zummo, 'Song II: Left; On The Beat—Variations'

Discovered from 1984 rehearsal tapes, the downtown New York mainstay offers a gorgeous and loose piece of music with his quartet, featuring Arthur Russell on amplified cello.
Peter Zummo's Frame Loop is out now. Source: Kristopher Johnson

File this one under: "when genre walls collapse, the fusions are wonderful." Among the sidenotes to dance-music archivists' interest in the minimalist sounds of New York's 1970s and '80s downtown cult figures such as and Julius Eastman, is how it's brought the work of their colleagues, contemporaries and collaborators to light.

You're reading a preview, sign up to read more.

More from NPR

NPR2 min read
Ensemble Signal Plays Jonny Greenwood: Tiny Desk Concert
Watch members of the New York-based group give the world premiere video performances of two recent pieces by Radiohead guitarist and composer Jonny Greenwood.
NPR2 min read
Robert Smith Pledges To Pay Off Student Loans For Morehouse College's Class Of 2019
The billionaire founder of investment firm Vista Equity Partners made the surprise announcement in front of roughly 400 students while delivering the college's commencement address on Sunday.
NPR1 min read
A Conversation With Jonny Greenwood, On Chaos And The Element Of Surprise
Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood talks about his classical music featured on NPR Music's Tiny Desk, his love for the recorder and his composer heroes such as Steve Reich and Krzysztof Penderecki.