Big Sur’s Henry Miller Memorial Library heads east to mark the nine years its writerly namesake lived at 992 Driggs in Williamsburg—“The ideal street for a boy, a lover, a maniac, a drunkard”—with a counterintuitively terrific double bill of Philip Glass and Van Dyke Parks (and “friends”). Parks, who claims to have peaked in the ’50s despite producing a brilliant 1968 solo debut, Song Cycle, as well as writing lyrics for Brian Wilson’s Smile, is as ornate a composer as Glass is transparent. They both play piano—the New Yorker deploying signature arpeggios ad infinitum, the Angeleno a sort of combined Rodgers and Hart with merry melodies and wordplay to match. Expect to hear stuff from Song Cycled, Parks’s first album of new material in two... More >>>