April 7, 2013
Last night it occurred to me that there’s a new classical music. It’s called rock and roll.
Let me explain: My brother, nephew and I went to see a band called Brit Floyd. As you might imagine from the name, they play the music of Pink Floyd. Led by scholar/guitarist Damian Darlington, Brit Floyd puts to rest once and for all the downscale myth of the “tribute band.”
Enjoying the show, I realized that this was the new classical music experience. These are brilliant musicians, re-creating with incredible fidelity (in every sense of the word) some of the most iconic music of the previous century. How is Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach any different from Damian Darlington playing Floyd? It’s not, really.
I will, however, say that the crowd was quite different from the kind you see at Carnegie Hall. As was the aroma in the arena.