All the Rage

Bob Ostertag became an early success in New York City's collaborative improvisation scene, leading him in the late 70s to use sampling, tape manipulation and electric custom-made instruments. By the 80's, a politically-minded Ostertag moved to El Salvador to participate in the turbulent revolutions and counter-revolutions of South America but returned to the musical world with Sooner or Later, a piece summarizing his time abroad. By the 90's, groups like the Kronos Quartet took notice of Ostertag, and they commissioned All the Rage, a piece addressing gay rights issues. We hear this piece tonight along with music by Kosaku Yamada and Bobby McFerrin.

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