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June 18, 2014 | by Alexandra Gardner

Bora Yoon: The Weight of Magic

Although composers are always constructing new sonic worlds, Bora Yoon is super-charging that idea through her multimedia and site-specific works. She performs using her voice, her violin, an array of...

October 19, 2011 | by Alexandra Gardner

Roger Kleier: Organizing Sound

What would happen if Sun Ra, Link Wray, and Stockhausen made a recording together and had King Tubby do a dub mix of it all? Well, it might sound a...

June 19, 2013 | by Alexandra Gardner

D. J. Sparr: Playing Well With Others

Composer and electric guitarist D. J. Sparr draws energy and inspiration from interacting with other musicians. "That's why I compose," he says, "to get to the point where I can...

July 17, 2013 | by Alexandra Gardner

Paula Matthusen: Attention to Light

The work of composer Paula Matthusen draws attention to the way sound and space interact with one another. Her use of light within performance settings plays an important role in...

November 13, 2013 | by Alexandra Gardner

Jamie Baum: Jazz Diplomacy

For flutist Jamie Baum, the formula for what she calls a "complete musician" consists of three parts: performing, composing, and improvising. In her mind, these three activities combine in an...

December 19, 2013 | by Alexandra Gardner

Paul Rudy: Life Improvisations

Composer Paul Rudy takes to heart the idea that "nature's wisdom follows the path of least resistance." Although he knew this intuitively in his early "pre-composer" days as a self-described...

October 15, 2014 | by Alexandra Gardner

Lainie Fefferman: Strength In Numbers

Lainie Fefferman is very much the opposite of the solitary, Romantic-era figure that many picture when they think of a composer. Describing herself as a "funny, nerdy, energetic person," Fefferman...

February 16, 2011 | by Alexandra Gardner

John Mackey: Striking Up The Band

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April 18, 2012 | by Alexandra Gardner

David Froom: Trusting the Connections

The musical life of composer David Froom is steeped in a sense of community. In the course of our conversation, he referred often to the musical activities of his friends...

May 23, 2012 | by Alexandra Gardner

Cornelius Dufallo: Making It Personal

For composer and violinist Cornelius Dufallo, making music, whether creating his own or performing the work of others, is quite literally a way of life; he considers it a path...

November 14, 2012 | by Alexandra Gardner

Nat Evans: Outward Bound

Over the past two years in cities throughout the U.S., groups of people have been gathering, digital music players in hand and headphones in place, to watch the sun rise...

February 13, 2013 | by Alexandra Gardner

Matthew Burtner: Engaging the Natural World

The music of composer Matthew Burtner is in large part inspired by his childhood experiences of the Alaskan landscape where he grew up. That influence applies not only to the...

March 19, 2014 | by Alexandra Gardner

Joel Puckett: Real Life Inspiration

"Write what you know" is a commonly heard piece for advice for artists, but composer Joel Puckett has taken to heart a slightly different version of this sentiment, which could...

December 15, 2010 | by Alexandra Gardner

Oscar Bettison: Outsider Sounds

Upon first listen to composer Oscar Bettison's music, most striking are the strangely disconcerting yet beguiling sound worlds that are created with relatively standard instrumental forces. For instance,...

October 20, 2011 | by Alexandra Gardner

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As you know, one of the things we do here at NewMusicBox is produce video profiles of composers and musicians. We like to intersperse hunks of conversation with footage from...


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