Musical evenings rarely come as weird and wacky these days as did the October 25 Interpretations concert at Merkin Hall. We had opera without singers, pianists who played no pianos. "What the heck's going on?" and "Is this music?" came floating back like old friends from the '60s. The concert, if concert it was, paired two old friends, New York's Robert Ashley and Italy's Walter Marchetti. Marchetti last made inroads into American consciousness some 20 years ago with a recording on the Italian Cramps label, since which I've heard neither hide nor hair of him. For Ashley, it was clearly two old friends... More >>>