Author Archives: David Smooke

Thankful (In a Sad Time)

By David Smooke
This past week has found the Peabody community mourning the loss of Casey Butler, a first-year undergraduate bassoon major.

You’re Better Than You Think

By David Smooke
If you are a student, there is a good chance that the music you are currently creating is far more capable than the music your teachers were writing at a similar age.

Wowing the Audience

By David Smooke
While the audience members probably didn’t like everything on the program (indeed, they might not have liked any of the music), they recognized that they were hearing something special, and they appreciated that opportunity.

A Great Noise Indeed

By David Smooke
In creating a statement large enough to be life changing, Andriessen also appears to have greatly limited his opportunities to have De Materie presented live in its entirety. Do you believe that this trade-off is worth it?

The Long Hello

By David Smooke
Today marks the official release of my first professional recording—a piece from 2003—but as long as this is my only recording, I’ll feel a bit strange, as if an outdated picture were always attached to my biography.

Rub and Spare Change

By David Smooke
Michael Formanek’s new disc out ECM is simultaneously beautifully moving and excitingly raw.

Don’t Hem Me in, Bro

By David Smooke
Our teaching of art generally errs towards setting norms, creating a myth of standard musical practices while avoiding discussion of the original thinkers who were uncharacteristic of their times.

Late to the Party

By David Smooke
Last week, Baltimore’s City Paper published its 2010 Best of Baltimore issue, and the experimental music scene cleaned up in shocking fashion.