by Lukáš Olejník
Called "blazingly ardent and softly haunting" by the New York Times, composer/producer Luna Pearl Woolf has visited the Longy School of Music of Bard College this past Monday February 17, 2014. In nearly two hours lasting lecture she presented her work to the body of students at the department of Music Theory and Composition. Her appearance was a truly remarkable event in the life of the composition department. Leaving apart her musical language, which could be characterized as fresh or pleasing and yet with a strong identity expressed by moderately avant-garde tastes and interest in unusual but approachable sounds, one had to be entirely impressed by the clarity of her artistic vision which does include many components beyond the creation/composition of music itself and is perfectly thought through. With the lightness of her own, Luna Pearl Woolf demonstrates that effective solutions of the hard situation of a music composer in our contemporary society do not have to be excessively complicated. One finds himself easily developing a sympathy for a composer who does not overtly exaggerate an importance of technology and overdone marketing strategies in presentation of their music, yet using it with a great success and elegance. What is the recipe we are all looking for then? Perhaps just being a well balanced person with healthy judgement?
Luna Pearl Woolf's profile can be found on the following web page: