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.

OBITUARY: Ellis Freedman, Legal Counsel to American Composers, 82

Ellis J. Freedman, a pioneer in the field of intellectual property law who served as legal counsel to Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and others from three generations of American composers, died on June 16, 2003 from cancer. He was 82 years old. Freedman (b. May 3, 1921 in Albany, NY) practiced law in New York […]

Carla Bley: On Her Own

Photo of Carla Bley by D.D. Rider Tuesday, June 10, 2003 Willow, NY Videotaped by Randy Nordschow Transcribed by Randy Nordschow and Frank J. Oteri Jazz and Non-Jazz Musicians Musical Origins Compositional Techniques and Methods Composing vs. Performing Enjoying Independence New Music Distribution Service Some Great Records Looking for America Promotion Read a complete transcript […]

The Temperature is HOT at the 2003 JJA Awards

On Wednesday, June 25, 2003, which was the hottest day of the year thus far, the heat of great music and occasional flaring tempers permeated the otherwise adequately air-conditioned B.B. King‘s Club near New York’s Times Square where the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) held their Seventh Annual Awards Celebration for excellence in music and journalism. […]

Edward T. Cone: Not Theory, Practice…

Frank J. Oteri visits the home of Edward T. Cone Wednesday, January 22, 2003—Noon Princeton, NJ Videotaped and Transcribed by Randy Nordschow Composition as Criticism and Criticism as Composition Writing About Music vs. Writing Music How Music is Born and Popular Recognition On Music Theory Is Anything Beyond Analysis? On Performances Is Analysis and Criticism […]