French-born composer Edgar Varese blows minds with the raucous premiere in NYC’s Steinway Hall of a piece for 37 percussion instruments called Ionisation.
He’d moved to NYC’s Greenwich Village in 1915 with $32 in his pocket.
Some other better-known works include Hyperprism (1924) , Deserts (1954) and Poeme Electronique (1958, Brussels) — a taped work requiring hundreds of speakers. MP3: PE recording
Frank Zappa cites Ionisation as the source of his musical career.
Rapper, songwriter dancer actress Missy Elliott releases single Get Ur Freak On (US#7,UK#4).
Her third studio album Miss E… So Addictive is released May 15. It includes One Minute Man (US#15,UK#10) and international club hit 4 My People (NL#2,UK#5).
In the years since she’s won many awards including 5 Grammies.