Author Archives: Alexandra Gardner

The Self-Promoting Composer, Part 2

As we all know, the internet can be a wonderful, amazing thing for a composer, musician, or artist of any sort. But it can also become your very worst enemy, depending on how you use it. I know that for me it has been incredibly useful, and my career would not be close to where it is without it. It has also taken a few years to figure out how to use it in a way that feels comfortable for me.

Two-Way Streets

Concern about the younger generation’s role in the future of the arts has been an issue during the entire history of arts organizations.

Nothing New (Under the Sun)

By Alexandra Gardner

I am reminded that it is nearly impossible to make anything that isn’t affected by the filters of our personal experience; that somehow reflects our “genealogy of ideas.”

What do you do?

By Alexandra Gardner

The very American question, “So, what do you do?” at least on the East Coast, is usually the first question asked when meeting new people.

Anger is Not the Only Form of Zeal

The title of this post is taken from an eloquent blog post by Matthew Guerrieri, in response to this essay by Justin Davidson about the “New New York School” of composers. In a nutshell, Davidson complains that for all the talent evident in the bustling New York City new music scene, the actual music written by composers represented in current festivals such as Tully Scope, the Tune-In Festival, and the Ecstatic Music Festival is “shockingly tame.”