Author Archives: Frank J. Oteri

About Frank J. Oteri

Frank J. Oteri, New Music USA's Composer Advocate and the Senior Editor of NewMusicBox, is an outspoken crusader for new music and the breaking down of barriers between genres. Frank’s own musical compositions reconcile structural concepts from minimalism and serialism and frequently explore microtonality.

Charlie Morrow: Wearing Different Hats

Charlie Morrow in Bowler Hat

The variety of activities that Charlie Morrow has been involved in for more than half a century is staggering even by today’s standards, when the wearing of numerous hats is almost a pre-requisite for being successful as a composer.

2015 Paul Revere Awards & Other MPA Annual Meeting Highlights

Table with 2015 Paul Revere Award nominated scores on display

Among the first-prize winners in these annual engraving awards presented by the Music Publishers Association were two of the final works of Elliott Carter (1908-2012) Composer Mohammed Fairouz also presented the MPA’s lifetime achievement award to Ralph Peer II of Peermusic.

Hafez Modirzadeh: Crossing The Bridge

Hafez Modirzadeh playing his alto saxophone sitting on a piano bench in front of an upright piano.

There’s a transformation happening in improvised music involving the embrace of a greater intervallic palette. Bay Area-based composer, saxophonist, and musical theorist Hafez Modirzadeh has been one of the key architects of this sonic expansion.

Celebrating New Music Awards Week

As they have done annually since 1942, academicians and award recipients sit on the stage of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Auditorium awaiting the commencement of the Ceremonial.

Details on award recipients in the 63rd BMI Student Composer Awards, the 16th ASCAP Concert Music Awards, and the 75th American Academy of Arts and Letters Ceremonial.

Jen Shyu: No More Sequined Dresses

Close up of Jen Shyu

The time that Jen Shyu spent in Taiwan, Indonesia, East Timor, China, South Korea, Cuba and Brazil has broadened her musical language, but she still considers herself an experimental jazz vocalist.

Fay Victor: Opening Other Doors

FayVictor

Fay Victor began her career as a straight-ahead jazz singer but now makes extremely difficult to define music that embraces blues, psychedelic rock, Caribbean popular forms, experimentalism, and even elements of classical music, as well as jazz.

My Sunshine

On the original LP cover for George Russell's The Outer View (which is not the image reproduced in subsequent reissues), Russell is standing in front of the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.

Listening to Charlie Parker’s 1945 recording of “Now’s The Time” changed Sheila Jordan’s life, but hearing her sing “You Are My Sunshine” changed mine.

Sheila Jordan: Music Saved My Life

Sheila Jordan

Whatever Sheila Jordan sings she makes completely her own to the point that the line between composition and interpretation is extremely blurry. Now in her late 80s, Jordan is booked for the rest of the year with performances and masterclasses across the USA, as well in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Japan.