In our afternoon reading: interviews with George Saunders and Melissa Broder, musical recommendations from His Name Is Alive, and more.
Morning Bites: Megan Giddings, Literary Seattle, His Name Is Alive, Melissa Broder’s Latest, and More
In our morning reading: thoughts on books by Megan Giddings and Melissa Broder, exploring His Name Is Alive’s archives, and more.
Erik Hall isn’t 18 musicians, but you could be forgiven for thinking that he is. He’s recorded music as a solo artist and with the group In Tall Buildings; before that, he also had stints in His Name Is Alive and NOMO. For his new album, he opted for a particularly ambitious maneuver: recording Steve Reich’s Music For 18 Musicians. The ensuing record is both a loving version of a minimalist classic and a work that shows the impressive flexibility within Reich’s composition. I talked with Hall about the making of this album and his own musical journey over the years.