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April 11, 2005 // UPDATED 1:53 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Holly Day
Holly Day

Maximum minimalist

You would practically have to have been living in a bubble not have been exposed to Philip Glass's music at some point in your life. Aside from snippets being used on TV shows and commercials over the past 30 years, Glass's music has appeared in films ranging from serious films like Errol Morris' "The Thin Blue Line," "A Brief History of Time" and "The Fog of War" to cheesy horror flicks like "Candyman" and "Candyman II."

Last time the legendary minimalist composer was here in town, he performed with Kronos Quartet at Northrop Auditorium as accompaniment to the classic film, "Dracula." While that was certainly a treat, this time around he's going to be on the stage as a solo pianist - which is, hands-down, the most amazing way to see him perform.

He'll be performing selections from his latest recording, "Etudes for Piano, Vol. I, nos. 1-10," a collection of solo piano works written over the past 10-plus years.

- Su, April 17, 11 a.m.
Walker Art Center, 725 Vineland Pl.
Call for ticket prices.
375-7622, www.walkerart.org.

Still cool

(John) Medeski, (Billy) Martin and (Chris) Wood single-handedly made jazz a cool thing for the kids to listen to again with their fantastic self-released debut, 1992's "Notes from the Underground." Definitely from the school of free jazz headed by the likes of John Lurie, John Zorn and Bob Moses, the trio melds technical perfection with wildly original avant-garde improvisation, tying it up with an acid house groove that has proven to be popular with jazz fans aged 8 to 80.

- Su, April 17, 8 p.m.
7th Street Entry, 701 1st Ave.
$23. 338-8388, www.first-avenue.com.