2002

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Jan

3

  • Juan García Esquivel (83) dies in Jiutepec, Mexico

4

  • Michael Howard (79) dies in Groombridge, Sussex following a heart attack

10

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s The Shadow of Night for orchestra premiered in Cleveland

11

  • Gene Dinwiddie (65) dies in Los Angeles

12

  • Hoagy Lands (65) dies in Orange, NJ after a fall

13

  • Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones’s musical The Fantasticks closes in New York after a world record run of 17,162 performances from its opening on 3 May 1960

18

  • Jovdat Hajiyev (84) dies in Baku, Azerbaijan

19

  • Aaliyah has the UK number one single for one week with More Than a Woman

20

  • Ivan Karabyts (57) dies in Kiev following a heart attack
  • Unsuk Chin’s Violin Concerto premiered in Berlin

21

  • Peggy Lee (81) dies in Los Angeles of heart failure

22

  • Patrick Nunn’s Phaedra for orchestra premiered in Colchester, Essex
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Aria / Ariadne for soprano and chamber orchestra, text Friedrich Nietzsche, premiered in Cologne

25

  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Ardor for marimba and orchestra premiered in Cardiff

26

  • George Harrison has the UK number one single for one week with My Sweet Lord

31

  • Patrick Nunn’s Sleek Silver Symbols for soprano saxophone, electric guitar, bass guitar and percussion premiered in London

releases

  • Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar (Virgin)
  • Bad Religion – The Process of Belief (Epitaph)
  • Richard Barrett – Vanity (NMC)
  • Bola – Fyuti (Skam)
  • Sunn O))) – 3: Flight of the Behemoth (Southern Lord)
Juan García Esquivel 1918-2002

Juan García Esquivel 1918-2002

Feb

3

  • Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 6 “Plutonian Ode” premiered in New York
  • James MacMillan’s Te Deum for choir and organ premiered in London

9

  • The Chemical Brothers have the UK number one album for one week with Come With Us

10

  • Dave Van Ronk (65) dies in New York of colon cancer

13

  • Waylon Jennings (64) dies in Chandler, AZ of diabetes

14

  • Günter Wand (90) dies in Ulmiz, Switzerland

15

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Veni Creator Spiritus for ensemble premiered in Rochester, NY

16

  • Billy Ward (80) dies in Los Angeles

21

  • Pietro Grossi (84) dies in Florence

23

  • Ja Rule ft. Ashanti have the Billboard number one single for the first of two weeks with Always On Time

24

  • Arthur Lyman (70) dies in Honolulu, HA from thoracic cancer
  • Leo Ornstein (108) dies in Green Bay, WN

25

  • John Adams’s American Berserk for piano premiered in New York

26

  • Oskar Sala (91) dies in Berlin

27

  • Harrison Birtwistle’s Saraband: The King’s Farewell for piano premiered in London
  • The 44th Grammy Awards are held in Los Angeles. U2 win record of the year for Walk On and the soundtrack to the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? wins best album. Other winners include Alicia Keys, Coldplay, Alison Krauss, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Miller, Charlie Haden, Sade, Gladys Knight and Outkast

releases

  • White Stripes -Fell in Love With a Girl (XL)
  • Boards of Canada – Geogaddi (Warp)
  • Chemical Brothers – Come With Us (Freestyle Dust)
  • Vladislav Delay – Naima (Staubgold)
  • Drexciya – Harnessed the Storm (Tresor)
  • Norah Jones – Come Away With Me (Blue Note)
  • Thomas Köner – Daikan (Mille Plateaux)
  • Laub – Filesharing (Kitty Yo)
  • Six Organs of Admittance – Dark Noontide (Holy Mountain)
Norah Jones b.1979

Norah Jones b.1979

Mar

1

  • David Mann (85) dies in New York of pneumonia

6

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Crossing Kings Reach for ensemble premiered in London

9

  • Jennifer Lopez ft. Ja Rule have the Billboard number one single for the first of six weeks with Ain’t It Funny

12

  • Julian Anderson’s Imagin’d Corners for orchestra premiered in Birmingham
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Sphäre nach Studie for sextet premiered in Karlsruhe

16

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Das Lesen der Schrift for orchestra premiered in Berlin

19

  • John Patton (66) dies in Montclair, NJ

20

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Linguae Ignis: For Pentecost for instrumental ensemble premiered in Florence

22

  • David Lang’s opera The Difficulty of Crossing a Field for voices and string quartet, lib. Mac Wellman, premiered in San Francisco by the Kronos Quartet

23

  • Eileen Farrell (82) dies in New York
  • The soundtrack to the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? is the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks

24

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Zweites Bratschenkonzert – Über die Linie IV for viola and orchestra premiered in Budapest
  • Howard Shore’s music for Peter Jackson’s film The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring wins the best original score Oscar at the 74th Academy Awards

27

  • Osvaldo Golijov’s Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra premiered in Minneapolis, MN

releases

  • Biffy Clyro – Blackened Sky (Beggar’s Banquet)
  • Do Make Say Think – & Yet & Yet (Constellation)
  • El-P – Cannibal Oxtrumentals (Definitive Jux)
  • Herbaliser – Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ninja Tune)
  • Richmond Fontaine – Winnemucca (El Cortez)
  • The Day the Earth Met Rocket from the Tombs (Glitterhouse)
  • Sam Shalabi – The Trial of St. Orange (Alien8)
  • Songs: Ohia – Didn’t It Rain (Secretly Canadian)
  • Tomasz Stanko Quartet – The Soul of Things (ECM)
  • Streets – Original Pirate Material (Locked On 679)
  • Esbjörn Svensson Trio – Strange Place for Snow (ACT)
  • Woven Hand (Glitterhouse)
Howard Shore b.1946

Howard Shore b.1946

Apr

2

  • Levi Celerio (91) dies in Quezon City, Philippines

3

  • Frank Tovey (45) dies in London following a heart attack

4

  • Richard Danielpour’s Piano concerto no.3 premiered in Washington, DC

5

  • Layne Staley (34) dies in Seattle of a crack cocaine overdose
  • Oliver Knussen’s Violin Concerto premiered in New York

9

  • Thomas Dinger (49) dies in Düsseldorf

15

  • William Reed (91) dies in London

20

  • Ashanti has the Billboard number one single for the first of ten weeks with Foolish and the Billboard number one album for the first of three weeks with Ashanti
  • Richard Danielpour’s In the Arms of the Beloved for violin, cello & orchestra premiered in Germantown, TN

25

  • Lisa Lopes (30) dies in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras

27

  • Hillous Butrum (74) dies in Nashville, TN
  • Oasis have the UK number one single for one week with The Hindu Times

28

  • Henri Dutilleux’s Sur le Même Accord for violin and orchestra premiered in London

releases

  • Doves – There Goes the Fear (Heavenly)
  • Múm – Green Green Grass of Tunnel (Fat Cat)
  • New Order – Here to Stay (London)
  • Plaid – P-Brane (Warp)
  • Pulp – Bad Cover Version (Island)
  • Streets – Let’s Push Things Forward (679)
  • Anti-Pop Consortium – Arrhythmia (Warp)
  • Craig Armstrong – As if to Nothing (Melankolic)
  • Arpanet – Wireless Internet (Source)
  • Derek Bailey – Ballads (Tzadik)
  • Black Dog – Unsavoury Products (Hydrogen Jukebox)
  • Boris – Heavy Rocks (Quattro)
  • Loren Connors – Departing of a Dream (Family Vineyard)
  • Elvis Costello – When I Was Cruel (Island)
  • Dianogah – Millions of Brazillians (Southern)
  • Fly Pan Am – Ceux qui inventent n’ont jamais vécu (Constellation)
  • Hanson Brothers – My Game (Wrong)
  • Philip Jeck – Stoke (Touch)
  • Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch)
Wilco - Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch)

Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch)

May

3

  • Yevgeny Svetlanov (73) dies in Moscow
  • Thea Musgrave’s opera The Mocking-Bird premiered in Boston

6

  • Murray Adaskin (96) dies in Victoria, British Columbia
  • Otis Blackwell (71) dies in Nashville
  • Bjørn Johansen (61) dies in Fredrikstad, Norway
  • John Casken’s Piano Trio premiered in Brighton

7

  • Xavier Montsalvatge (90) dies in Barcelona

9

  • James MacMillan’s Tremunt videntes angeli for choir premiered in Edinburgh
  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Concerto for piano and orchestra “Resurrection” premiered in New York

10

  • Luke Bedford’s Catafalque for piano premiered in London
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s De Assumtione Beatae Mariae Virginis for orchestra premiered in Copenhagen

11

  • Doves have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with The Last Broadcast
  • Hans Zender’s Cabaret Voltaire for voice, winds, strings, piano and percussion premiered in Insel, Austria

14

  • Gerald Barry’s Wiener Blut for large ensemble premiered in Dublin

17

  • Sharon Seeley (62) dies in Los Angeles following a cerebral haemorrhage
  • Little Johnny Taylor (59) dies in Conway, AR
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Canzona per sonare – Über die Linie V for trombone and orchestra premiered in Schwetzingen

21

  • Arvo Pärt’s Salve Regina for choir and organ premiered in Essen

25

  • Luke Bedford’s Man Shoots Strangers from Skyscraper for eight players premiered in Bristol
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’ Economies of Scale for clarinet, violin, cello and piano premiered in Cambridge
  • Siegfried Matthus’s Concerto for Piano: Die Sehnsucht nach der verlorenen Melodie premiered in Dresden
  • Moby has the UK number one album for one week with 18

26

  • Henry Brant’s Ghosts & Gargoyles, a concerto for flute solo with flute orchestra premiered in Toronto

28

  • Jean Berger (92) dies in Aurora, CO of a brain tumour

31

  • Krzysztof Penderecki’s Benedictus for chorus premiered in Toronto

releases

  • Black Keys – The Big Come Up (Alive)
  • Blackalicious – Blazing Arrow (MCA)
  • Breeders – Title TK (4AD)
  • Cul de Sac – Immortality Lessons (Strange Attractors)
  • Doves – The Last Broadcast (Heavenly)
  • El-P – Fantastic Damage (Definitive Jux)
  • The Eminem Show (Aftermath)
  • Kronos Quartet – Nuevo (Nonesuch)
  • Moby – 18 (Mute)
  • Múm – Finally We are No One (Fat Cat)
  • Murcof – Martes (Leaf)
  • Pan American – The River Made No Sound (Kranky)
  • Sagor & Swing – Melodier och Fåglar (Häpna)
  • Tom Waits – Alice (Anti)
  • Tom Waits – Blood Money (Anti)
  • Susumu Yokota – Sound of Sky (Exceptional)
Hans Zender b.1936

Hans Zender b.1936

Jun

1

  • Eminem has the UK number one single for one week with Without Me
  • David Sawer’s Stramm Gedichte for chorus premiered in Bath

5

  • Dee Dee Ramone (49) dies in Los Angeles of a heroin overdose

7

  • Francisco Escudero (89) dies in San Sebastián

8

  • Eminem has the UK number one album for the first of five weeks and the Billboard number one album for the first of six weeks over two runs with The Eminem Show

12

  • Julian Anderson’s Quasi una Passacaglia for piano premiered in London
  • Elliott Carter’s Au Quai for bassoon and viola premiered in London

13

  • Ralph Shapey (81) dies in Chicago

14

  • Moritz Eggert’s opera Dr Booger premiered in Frankfurt. Lib. Andrea Heuser

20

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Mrs. Johnson’s Tunes for descant recorders, treble recorders and piano premiered in Sanday, Orkney

21

  • Matt Dennis (88) dies in Riverside, CA of pneumonia

22

  • Elvis Presley vs JXL have the UK number one single for the first of four weeks with A Little Less Conversation

23

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s String Quartet no.12 premiered in Reggio Emilia

24

  • Philip Glass’s opera Galileo Galilei premiered in Chicago. Lib. Mary Zimmerman
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Six Sanday Tunes for string ensemble premiered in Sanday, Orkney
  • Arvo Pärt’s Beatitudines for chorus and organ premiered in Monza

26

  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s A Glass of Shiraz for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano and marimba premiered in Kirkwall

27

  • John Entwistle (57) dies in Paradise, NV of a cocaine overdose

28

  • (to 30th) The 2002 Glastonbury Festival is held at Worthy Farm, Somerset featuring Faithless, The White Stripes, Rod Stewart, Roger Waters, Isaac Hayes, Spiritualized, Air, Belle and Sebastian and Elbow

29

  • Rosemary Clooney (74) dies in Los Angeles of lung cancer
  • Nelly has the Billboard number one single for the first of seven weeks with Hot in Here

releases

  • Misha Alperin – Night (ECM)
  • Astrobotnia – Part 1 (Rephlex)
  • Jon Balke & the Magnetic North Orchestra – Kyanos (ECM)
  • Biosphere – Shenzhou (Touch)
  • David Bowie – Heathen (Columbia)
  • Cinematic Orchestra – Every Day (Ninja Tune)
  • Deerhoof – Reveille (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Dom & Roland – Back for the Future (Moving Shadow)
  • Fingathing – Superhero Music (Grand Central)
  • Guided By Voices – Universal Truths and Cycles (Matador)
  • Information – Biomekano (Rune Grammofon)
  • Mr Lif – Emergency Rations (Definitive Jux)
  • Piano Magic – Writers Without Homes (4AD)
  • Max Richter – Memoryhouse (Late Junction)
  • Rothko – A Continual Search for Origins (Too Pure)
  • Ruisort – Acapulco Now (Certificate 18)
  • DJ Shadow – The Private Press (Island)
  • Speedy J – Loudboxer (Novamute)
  • Sonic Youth – Murray Street (DGC)
  • Paul Westerberg – Stereo / Mono (Vagrant)
Misha Alperin - Night (ECM)

Misha Alperin – Night (ECM)

Jul

2

  • Earle Brown (75) dies in Rye, NY of cancer
  • Jean-Yves Daniel-Lesur (93) dies in Paris

11

  • Rosco Gordon (74) dies in New York following a heart attack

13

  • Oasis have the UK number one album for one week with Heathen Chemistry

17

  • Otis Leavill (65) dies in Chicago following a heart attack

19

  • Alan Lomax (87) dies in Sarasota, FL

20

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers have the UK number one album for the first of five weeks over two runs with By The Way

21

  • Gus Dudgeon (59) dies in a car crash near Reading, Berkshire

23

  • Idrees Sulieman (78) dies in St Petersburg, FL of bladder cancer
  • David Sawer’s Piano Concerto premiered in London

releases

  • LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge (DFA)
  • Streets – Weak Become Heroes (679)
  • Astrobotnia – Part 3 (Rephlex)
  • Solomon Burke – Don’t Give Up on Me (Fat Possum)
  • Fennesz, O’Rourke & Rehberg – The Return of Fenn O’Berg (Mego)
  • Flaming Lips – Yoshimi vs the Pink Robots (Warner Bros)
  • Jello – Voile (Peacefrog)
  • Layo & Bushwacka! – Nightworks (XL)
  • Robert Plant – Dreamland (Mercury)
  • Polar – Out of the Blue (Certificate 18)
  • 16 Horsepower – Folklore (Glitterhouse)
The Streets aka Mike Skinner b.1978

The Streets aka Mike Skinner b.1978

Aug

2

  • Joe Allison (77) dies in Nashville of respiratory failure

10

  • David Matthews’s Winter Remembered op.86 for viola and strings premiered in Deal, Kent
  • Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Lachen Verlernt [Laughing Unlearned], chaconne for violin premiered in La Jolla, CA
  • Bruce Springsteen has the UK number one album for one week with The Rising

16

  • Valentin Silvestrov’s Symphony No.6 premiered in Berlin

17

  • Hans Werner Henze’s Symphony no.10 premiered in Lucerne
  • Nelly ft. Kelly Rowland have the Billboard number one single for the first of ten weeks over two runs with Dilemma
  • Bruce Springsteen has the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks with The Rising

24

  • Chris Columbus (100) dies in New Jersey

31

  • Lionel Hampton (93) dies in New York of heart failure

releases

  • Autechre – Gantz Graf EP (Warp)
  • Flaming Lips – Do You Realize? (Warner Bros)
  • White Stripes – Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (XL)
  • Alias – The Other Side of the Looking Glass (Anticon)
  • Natacha Atlas & Marc Eagleton Project – Foretold in the Language of Dreams (Mantra)
  • Bright Eyes – Lifted (Saddle Creek)
  • Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head (Parlophone)
  • Comets on Fire – Field Recordings From the Sun (Ba Da Bing!)
  • Dälek – From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots (Ipecac)
  • Interpol – Turn On the Bright Lights (Matador)
  • Jaga Jazzist – The Stix (Smalltown Supersound)
  • Mekons – Oooh! (Quarterstick)
  • Beth Orton – Daybreaker (Heavenly)
  • Peshay – Fuzion (Cubik)
  • Primal Scream – Evil Heat (Columbia)
  • Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf (Interscope)
  • Radian – Rec.Extern (Thrill Jockey)
  • RJD2 – Deadringer (Definitive Jux)
  • Sage Francis – Personal Journals (Anticon)
  • Sleater-Kinney – One Beat (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Bruce Springsteen – The Rising (Columbia)
  • Yo La Tengo – The Sounds of the Sounds of Science (Matador)
Interpol - Turn On the Bright Lights (Matador)

Interpol – Turn On the Bright Lights (Matador)

Sep

3

  • James Stinson (32) dies in Newman, GA of heart failure

4

  • Vlado Perlemuter (98) dies in Paris

6

  • Bobby Clancy (75) dies in Carrick-on-Suir, Tipperary of pulmonary fibrosis

7

  • Erma Franklin (64) dies in Detroit following a heart attack
  • Coldplay have the UK number one album for the first of two weeks with A Rush of Blood to the Head
  • Simon Rattle makes his debut as principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Scorched for jazz trio and orchestra premiered in Frankfurt

14

  • Paul “Hucklebuck” Williams (87) dies in New York
  • Pierre Boulez’s Dérive 2 for eleven instruments premiered in Lucerne
  • The Dixie Chicks have the Billboard number one album for the first of three weeks with Home
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Verwandlung 1 for orchestra premiered in Frankfurt

15

  • Valentin Silvestrov’s Elegy for string orchestra premiered in Kiev

17

  • Dodo Marmarosa (76) dies in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s The Torn Fields for baritone and large ensemble premiered in Berlin

19

  • John Adams’s On the Transmigration of Souls for orchestra, chorus, children’s choir and pre-recorded tape premiered in New York

21

  • Peter Kowald (58) dies in New York following a heart attack
  • Gavin Bryars’s Double Bass Concerto premiered in Glasgow
  • Philip Glass’s Concerto for harpsichord and chamber orchestra premiered in Seattle

24

  • Tim Rose (62) dies in London following a heart attack sustained during a bowel operation

28

  • Paul Weller has the UK number one album for one week with Illumination

29

  • Mickey Newbury (62) dies in Springfield, OR of pulmonary fibrosis

releases

  • Underworld – Two Months Off (JBO)
  • Barry Adamson – The King of Nothing Hill (Mute)
  • Beck – Sea Change (Geffen)
  • Blame – Into the Void (Good Looking)
  • Steve Earle – Jerusalem (Artemis)
  • Peter Gabriel – Up (Virgin)
  • Robert Hood – Point Blank (Peacefrog)
  • Iron + Wine – The Creek Drank the Cradle (Sub Pop)
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson – Englaborn (Touch)
  • Lucky Pierre – Hypnogogia (Melodic)
  • Mr Lif – I Phantom (Definitive Jux)
  • Nas – The Lost Tapes (Ill Will)
  • Nightmares on Wax – Mind Elevation (Warp)
  • Oyster Band – Rise Above (Plane)
  • Porcupine Tree – In Absentia (Lava)
  • Mark Rae – Rae Road (Grand Central)
  • Underworld – A Hundred Days Off (JBO)
  • Susumu Yokota – The Boy and the Tree (Leaf)
Jóhann Jóhannsson b.1969

Jóhann Jóhannsson b.1969

Oct

2

  • Richard Barrett’s Blattwerk for cello and electronics premiered in Strasbourg
  • Michael Nyman’s Dance of the Engines for orchestra premiered in Berlin

3

  • Gavin Bryars’s Lauda (con Sordino) for cello or viola, piano and optional electric guitar premiered in Nottingham
  • David Lang’s How to Pray for cello, piano, organ, electric guitar and drums premiered in Nottingham

5

  • Luciano Berio’s E si fussi pisci for chorus premiered in Siena
  • David Matthews’s Concerto in Azzurro op.87 for cello and orchestra premiered in Cheltenham

10

  • James MacMillan’s O bone Jesu for choir premiered in London

11

  • Johannes Maria Staud’s Polygon for piano and orchestra premiered in Vienna

12

  • Ray Conniff (85) dies in Escondido, CA

17

  • Derek Bell (66) dies in Phoenix, AZ following a heart attack
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra premiered in Washington, DC

18

  • Godfrey Reggio’s film Naqoyqatsi with music by Philip Glass opens

19

  • Mehli Mehta (94) dies in Santa Monica, CA
  • David Lang’s The So-Called Laws of Nature for percussion quartet & Increase for large amplified ensemble premiered in New York

22

  • Tan Dun’s opera Tea: A Mirror of Soul, lib. Tan Dun and Xu Ying, premiered in Tokyo
  • Johannes Maria Staud’s Configurations/Reflet for eight players premiered in Berlin

23

  • Adolph Green (87) dies in New York
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s Naxos Quartet no.1 for string quartet premiered in London
  • Henryk Górecki’s Quasi una fantasia op.78 for string orchestra  premiered in Madrid

25

  • Richard Harris (72) dies in London of Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Blick auf Kolchis for ensemble premiered in Basel

27

  • Tom Dowd (77) dies in Miami of emphysema
  • Kalevi Aho’s Sonata for Two Accordions premiered in Helsinki

29

  • Patrick Nunn’s Maqamat for flute premiered in London

30

  • Rudolf Brucci (85) dies in Novi Sad, Croatia
  • DJ Jam Master Jay (37) shot dead in a recording studio in Queens, New York

31

  • Yuri Ahronovitch (70) dies in Cologne

releases

  • Tori Amos – A Sorta Fairytale (Epic)
  • Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It in People (Paper Bag)
  • Deadly Avenger – Deep Red (Illicit)
  • Delgados – Hate (Mantra)
  • Keith Fullerton-Whitman – Playthroughs (Kranky)
  • Philip Glass – Naqoyqatsi (Sony)
  • David Gray – A New Day at Midnight (EastWest)
  • Hanged Up – Kicker in Tow (Constellation)
  • Harmonic 33 – Extraordinary People (Alphabet Zoo)
  • Kim Hiorthøy – Melke (Smalltown Supersound)
  • Jurassic 5 – Power in Numbers (Interscope)
  • DJ Krush – The Message in Depth (Sony)
  • Lemon Jelly – Lost Horizons (XL)
  • Libertines – Up the Bracket (Rough Trade)
  • Low – Trust (Rough Trade)
  • Metro Area (Source)
  • Mono – One Step More and You Die (Music Mine)
  • Pilote – Kingfood (Certificate 18)
  • Public Enemy – Revolverlution (Slamjamz)
  • Saint Etienne – Finisterre (Mantra)
  • Do You Know Squarepusher? (Warp)
  • Tarwater – Dwellers on the Threshold (Kitty Yo)
  • Amon Tobin – Out from out Where (Ninja Tune)
  • Venetian Snares – Winter in the Belly of a Snake (Planet Mu)
Mono

Mono

Nov

2

  • Foo Fighters have the UK number one album for one week with One by One

3

  • Lonnie Donegan (71) dies in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire following a heart attack
  • David Lang’s How to Pray for orchestra premiered in New York

5

  • Billy Guy (66) dies in Las Vegas of cardio-vascular disease

9

  • Eminem has the Billboard number one single for the first of twelve weeks with Lose Yourself
  • David Gray has the UK number one album for one week with A New Day at Midnight
  • Santana have the Billboard number one album for one week with Shaman

10

  • Rudi Spring’s opera Die Donau und ihr Geist [The Danube and her ghost] premiered in Stuttgart. Lib. Andrea Haupt and Elisabeth Verhoeven

12

  • Wolfgang Rihm’s Interscriptum for piano and string quartet premiered in Vienna

14

  • Mark-Anthony Turnage’s On Opened Ground for viola and orchestra premiered in Cleveland, OH

16

  • The soundtrack to the film 8 Mile is the Billboard number one album for the first of two weeks

21

  • Hadda Brooks (86) dies in Los Angeles following open heart surgery

27

  • Stanley Black (89) dies in London

30

  • Mose Vinson (85) dies in Memphis of diabetes
  • Peter Maxwell Davies’s A Calendar of Kings for four voices premiered in Lincoln, NE
  • Jay-Z has the Billboard number one album for one week with The Blueprint²: The Gift & the Curse

releases

  • Tori Amos – Scarlet’s Walk (Epic)
  • Audioslave (Interscope)
  • Books – Thought for Food (Tomlab)
  • Neko Case – Blacklisted (Matador)
  • Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around (American)
  • Bob Dylan – Bootleg Series Vol.5: Live 1975 (Columbia)
  • 808 State – Outpost Transmission (Circus)
  • Thomas Fehlmann – Visions of Blah (Kompact)
  • Fennesz – Field Recordings 1995-2002 (Touch Tones)
  • Beth Gibbons & Rustin’ Man – Out of Season (Go Beat)
  • Godspeed You Black Emperor – Yanqui UXO (Constellation)
  • George Harrison – Brainwashed (Dark Horse)
  • High Contrast – True Colours (Hospital)
  • Talib Kweli – Quality (Rawkus)
  • Loscil – Submers (Kranky)
  • Opeth – Deliverance (Music for Nations)
  • Out Hud – Street Dad (Kranky)
  • Roots – Phrenology (MCA)
  • Sigur Rós – () (Fat Cat)
  • Thalia Zedek – You’re a Big Girl Now (Acuarella)
Neko Case b.1970

Neko Case b.1970

Dec

1

  • Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Insomnia for orchestra premiered in Tokyo

2

  • Mal Waldron (77) dies in Brussels of cancer

3

  • Elliott Carter’s Retracing for bassoon premiered in New York

5

  • Arvell Shaw (79) dies in Roosevelt, NY

6

  • Leonid Bashmakov’s Panorama for orchestra premiered in Tampere, Finland
  • David Matthews’s Fifteen Fugues op.88 for violin premiered in Munich

9

  • Mary Hansen (36) dies in a cycling accident in London

12

  • Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Symphony No. 4 “Magma” for Solo Percussion and Orchestra premiered in Antwerp

14

  • Zal Yanovsky (58) dies in Kingston, Ontario following a heart attack
  • Eminem has the UK number one single for one week with Lose Yourself

18

  • Brunhilde Sonntag (66) dies in Wuppertal

22

  • Joe Strummer (50) dies in Broomfield, Somerset of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect

24

  • Luciano Chailly (82) dies in Milan
  • Tita Merello (98) dies in Buenos Aires
  • Richard Barrett’s 13 Self Portraits for string quartet premiered in Vienna

releases

  • Björk – It’s In Our Hands (One Little Indian)
  • Knife – Heartbeats (Rabid)
  • Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto – Vrioon (raster-noton)
  • William Basinski – The River (Raster-Noton)
  • Common – Electric Circus (MCA)
  • Ryoji Ikeda – Op (Touch)
  • Ken Ishii – Future in Light (Exceptional)
  • Nas – God’s Son (Ill Will)
  • Scanner – Sound Polaroids (Bip Hop)
  • World’s End Girlfriend – Dream’s End Come True (Midi Creative)
Common aka Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. b.1972

Common aka Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. b.1972

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