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.

Strangers in Strange Lands

Photo by United States Federal Government O.K. True confession time. I was born in Miami, but I’ve spent almost my whole life in New York City and have therefore always thought of myself as a “native” New Yorker. As a newborn in Florida for only a couple of weeks before being whisked away to the […]

See Hear!

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard All my life I have had a love-hate relationship with music notation. Of all the art forms (from sculpture to literature to dance), music is the only one that sates the ears rather than the eyes. (Would that there were highly developed art forms that deeply provoked the intellect […]

George Crumb: Jumping Off The Page to Become Sound

George CrumbPhoto by Sabine Matthes, courtesy C.F. Peters Corporation Frank J. Oteri in conversation with George Crumb at his home in Media, PA Friday, July 12, 2002—Noon Filmed and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane The Goal of Music Notation Working with Performers Striving for Simplicity The Working Process Theatricality and Setting Text Tradition and Factionalism The […]

Merce Cunningham: Moved by the Music of Our Time

Merce Cunningham New York, NY – April 17, 2002On the roof of the Cunningham Studios Filmed and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane The Meaning of Dance Life Forms Dance Independent From Music Chance Operations Training Dance on Film and Motion Capture Computer Technology Newness in Dance vs. Newness in Music Suite for Five in Space and […]

You’ve Got To Be Carefully Taught

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard The first orchestral music recording I ever bought was a used flea market LP of the Bartók Concerto for Orchestra, a great American classic by an émigré who believed that musical composition could not be taught. But I, like many others, have learned so much from that piece. I […]

Land of the Free

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard In the past six months, the concept of patriotism has been a dominant theme in conversations all over this country and around the world. Ironically, creative originality is rarely among the enumerations of what it means to be an American. From my vantage point, that seems to be what […]