David Bowie topped the list of composers and music heavyweights that were on hand to support ASCAP's first "cross genre" showcase titled "Thru the Walls." Sponsored by the ASCAP Foundation, the event took place at the Cutting Room in New York City on Jan. 31 at 7 PM. Reflecting a growing movement in music, where composers and lyricists are promoting much broader definitions than ever before for such terms as "musical theatre," talents such as Martha Mooke, Randolph Hudson, Eve Beglarian, Kathy Supove, Margaret Lancaster, Phile Kline, Ben Neill and Jim Mussen performed a variety of musical and theatrical motifs using electric violins, 5-string violas, "mutant" trumpets, electronic keyboards, ebow guitars and electroacoustic percussion.
Legendary record producer Tony Visconti hosted the showcase and recalled working with Bowie and Brian Eno. While produced on a small scale, the 150 or so who attended the event experienced a showcase that truly defied boundaries and genres. Bowie himself stayed for the entire program and explained that he was leaving ahead of the crowd only to ensure that he was rested for an early call on a PBS documentary about '70s music.
For information on future "Through the Walls" showcases call (212) 621- 6328.
—By Murdoch McBride