Robbie Lee is an artist who thrives on collaboration. Among his recent partners: Guitarist Mary Halvorson, who won a 2019 MacArthur “Genius Grant,” and composer Lea Bertucci, whose album Resonant Field, named a top Jazz album of 2019 by the New York Times, featured Lee on flute.
In the following exchange, which took place over several months via a shared Google document, the multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer weighs in on David Bowie, his love of duos, NYC’s experimental music scene of the 1990s, and what it means to be a contemporary composer most comfortable in that liminal space between genres.
In our afternoon reading: reviews of novels by Kristen Arnett and Johannes Anyuru, an interview with Ibram X. Kendi, and more.
We’ll be off for the holiday tomorrow. Normal posting will resume on Friday.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on Kaaron Warren’s new book, an excerpt from Elizabeth Hand’s latest novel, and more.
In our morning reading: an interview with Rob Hart, great New Jersey bookstores, and more.
In our morning reading: thoughts on the music of Low, news of a new book by Samuel Ligon, and much more.
In our weekend reading: new writing by Ben Marcus and Lee Rourke, thoughts on the music of Mary Halvorson, and more.
In our afternoon reading: thoughts on books by Daniel Gumbiner and Michael J. Seidlinger, an interview with Mary Halvorson, and more.