WELCOME TO THE “THREE PIECES” PROJECT!
We ask musicians to talk about three most favorite pieces of music of their choice (any author, any genre, any time period).
Three most favorite, most influential, most memorable – whatever! – pieces of music. They choose (and tell us why), we listen. We make video, edit it, and make them available to everyone here, at threepieces.org.
We know that these people love music – otherwise they wouldn’t be involved with it. We also know that they understand music differently from us, non-musicians – because music is both their life and their profession. So we ask them to share their understanding of music and their love for music with us.
It’s a tough call for a musician to choose three pieces of music out of millions and millions of those. But it’s also a joy to share one’s love for music with other people who love it.
With love for music,
Vlad Oboronko and Alexander Cheparukhin
One of the most famous progressive rock musicians in the world, Tony Levin (electric bass, Chapman stick, upright bass, synthesizer) talks about his two most favorite pieces of music: Igor Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and Sleepytime Gorilla Museum’s Sleep is Wrong. In his third “piece”, Tony Levin pays tribute to his friend and colleague, guitarist Hugh McCracken
DJ Spooky aka Paul D. Miller and That Subliminal Kid, composer, musician, turntablist, media artist, producer, author, philosopher discusses his three most favorite pieces of music: John Cage’s Imaginary Landscape #4, Duke Ellington’s A Tone Poem Parallel to Harlem, and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry’s Blackboard Jungle Dub.
London-based David Jones, one of the most influential UK producers of live jazz, international, and new music, owner of Serious production agency, chooses his three most favorite pieces of music: 1957 Benjamin Britten’s opera Noye’s Fludde, Brian Eno’s song I’ll Come Running, and Clint Mansell’s composition Death is the Road to Awe (Kronos Quartet performance)
WNYC’s renowned host of New Sounds and Soundcheck music programs, John Schaefer, chooses three of his most favorite pieces of music: David Bowie’s Heroes, J.S. Bach’s Chaconne, and Philip Glass’ Knee Play 5 (the conclusion of Einstein on the Beach) .
“Thinking man’s guitar hero,” Gods and Monsters‘ frontman, Captain Beefheart’s guitarist, Jeff Buckley’s co-author and collaborator, Gary Lucas talks about his most favorite music: Skip James’ blues, The Incredible Strings Band’s 5000 Spirits and the Layers of the Onion album and Fleetwood Mac’s Then Play On masterpiece LP
English singer-songwriter, founding member of the legendary progressive rock band Van der Graaf Generator, Peter Hammill chooses three most favorite pieces of music in his life: William Byrd’s Three Masses, Astor Piazzolla’s music, and the Beatles’ Tomorrow Never Knows
“Accordion adventurer,” musician who revolutionized accordion playing and writing, Kimmo Pohjonen talks about his most favorite music: Tanzanian Hukwe Zawose’s album Mateso, Canadian John Oswald’s noise composition VT, and American The Shaggs’ album Philosophy of the World.
Frontman and founder of the internatonally acclaimed Gypsy-punk outfit Gogol Bordello, Zgeka (aka Eugene Hütz aka Zgeka Hutz-Nikolaev) talks about the most formative music of his life and career: 1960s and 70s classic rock, punk and postpunk, Brazilian carnival music.
Monaco-based English guitarist, bandleader, and composer, one of the most famous musicians of the world, John McLaughlin talks about his most favorite music: Miles Davis’ Walkin‘, Beatles’ A Day in A Life, and Take 6’s There is a Quiet Place.
San Francisco-based musician, founder and violinist of the world-famous Kronos Quartet , David Harrington talks about his most favorite music pieces and sounds: George Crumb’s Black Angels, and Schubert’s Quintet in C major, and sounds of Marika Papagika’s singing, Fritz Kreisler’s violin interpretation of Dvorak’s Humoresque, Alim Qasimov’s singing, Tanya Tagaq’s throatsinging
NYC-based musician, frontman of Hazmat Modine, Wade Schuman talks about his three most favorite pieces of music: Otis Redding’s Mary Had a Little Lamb, Richard “Rabbit” Brown’s James Alley Blues, and Abdel Gadir Salim’s Alhagi.
Moscow-based Andrei Makarevich, founding member and frontman of the famous Russian rock band Time Machine (Машина Времени), talks about three songs that shook him when he was 12 years old: The Platters’ 16 Tons, Conjunto Farroupilha’s Que Ter Mulato, and the Beatles’ All Your Loving.
Quebec-based Benoit Bourque, frontman of the famous La Bottine Souriante folk band, talks about the fiddle piece La Rosignol by Jean Carignan (Quebec), Le Seguin’s (Quebec) 1970s version of the traditional Le roi d’à l’envers song, and Sailor Boy by The Bothy Band (Ireland).
NYC-based Russian composer and pianist, Anton Batagov talks about three concerts that impressed him most: Sviatoslav Richter’s recital (Moscow, 1985); British rock band Yes first Moscow’s show in 2001; and John Cage’s last radio appearance (WNYC, New York, July 1992)
Innsbruck (Austria)-based guitarist and composer, member of avant-garde electronica outfit Centrozoon, member of Stick Men trio (with King Crimsonites Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto), Markus Reuter talks about his most favorite music: Mike Oldfield’s Ommadawn album, his own Todmorden 513 composition, and zen funk music of Nik Bartsch’s Ronin (album Holon)
Taipei(Taiwan)-based singer of A Moving Sound art collective, Mia Hsieh talks about her most favorite music: Meredith Monk’s Dolmen Music, Huun Huur Tu’s Orphan’s Lament, and Taiwanese If I Open the Door of My Heart song
Moscow-based composer, philosopher, and theorist of music, Vladimir Martynov talks about music that changed his life: Bach’s Goldberg Variations performed by Glenn Gould in 1957 Moscow; Modern Jazz Quartet’s and Thelonious Monk’s albums; King Crimson’s Red
Brooklyn-based owner of Barbes Records, co-owner of Barbes Club, frontman of one of the coolest New York band’s Chiche Libre, Olivier Conan talks about Mahler’s 1st Symphony, a Spanish Civil War song Los Cuatros Generales, and songs of Willie Melon, “The Beatles of Latin Music”.
THREE PIECES CREATIVE TEAM
Three Pieces is a project in which musicians and people who work with music (producers, music critics, etc.) talk about their three most favorite pieces of music.
This project was day-dreamt up by NYC-based Vlad Oboronko in late 2010 and has run by him since 2011.
From the very beginning, Vlad’s partner in the project has been Moscow-based Alexander (Sasha) Cheparukhin, legendary Russian music promoter, concert and festival producer, general director of GreenWave Music production agency, who has been introducing Three Pieces to world-class musicians so that they take part in the project and was periodically lending money to help get it off the ground. For more info on the project’s creative team click here.