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.

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 […]

Overcoming Preconceptions

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard I was lucky to have had two brief encounters with John Cage that were both defining moments though in very different ways. The first time I met John Cage was at a bookstore in Greenwich Village where he was autographing copies of his new book For The Birds. I […]

A Chance Encounter with Christian Wolff

Christian Wolff Friday, January 11, 2002—4:33 p.m. Greenwich House Music SchoolNew York, NY A Conversion to New Music Meeting Cage & the Genesis of Indeterminacy Interpreting Indeterminate Music Compositional Intent On Serialism & Complex Modernism On Neo-Romanticism & Politics Christian Wolff—Rock Star? The Orchestra Listening Music and A Career Sonic Gallery Complete Interview Transcript (160KB […]

Voicing Concerns About Words and Music

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard It has frequently been said that while it took visual art and literature until the 20th century to embrace the notion of abstraction, music has always been abstract. Yet at the same time, music is often described as the universal language. But when words are added to music, it […]

A Cup of Tea with Dawn Upshaw

Dawn Upshaw Across the street from the Metropolitan Operain New York City Thursday, January 3, 2002—11 a.m. Videotaped and transcribed by Amanda MacBlane Singing in American English vs. Other Languages Good Vocal Writing for American English The Balancing Act of Interpretation From Folk Music to a Career Emersion in New Music Stylistic Plurality and Ambiguity […]

A Place for New Music: A Discussion on Concert Hall Venues

Russell Johnson, Colette Domingues and Limor Tomer Russell Johnson-   CEO of Artec Consultants, Inc.Colette Domingues-   Principal, Magalhães MusicLimor Tomer-   Curator for BAMCafé Conceived by Molly Sheridan and Amanda MacBlane Moderated by Frank J. Oteri Friday, December 7, 2001The Robert Steele Gallery in ChelseaNew York, NY Videotaped and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane The Ubiquity of Music The Concert Hall […]

Not Just for Breakfast Anymore?

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard As a high school student, my favorite subject after music was probably math. So, as soon as I learned about serial music and its mathematical underpinnings, I was intrigued. I spent the better part of my senior year mulling over the 12-tone score of Alban Berg’s Lulu and when […]