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.

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 […]

Milton Babbitt: A Discussion in 12 Parts

Milton Babbitt Photo courtesty Milton Babbitt At the Juilliard School of Music October 16, 2001—3:00-5:00 p.m. Videotaped and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane Conservatories, New Music, and that term “Classical Music” The Lure of Technology Responding to Attacks on Serialism Rap Music Popular Standards On People’s Attachments to Music The Economics of New Music Baseball and […]

Minimalist Memories

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard I still remember the first time I heard the music of each of the four so-called fathers of minimalism. Philip Glass came first for me. It was 1979. I was a junior at the High School of Music and Art and an aspiring composer with little knowledge of contemporary […]

Philip Glass: 25 Years after ‘Einstein On The Beach’

A scene from the 1984 Production of Einstein On the BeachPhoto by Tom Caravaglia, courtesy Zeisl Frank J. Oteri talks with Philip Glass Tuesday, October 9, 2001—5:00-6:00 p.m. Dunvagen Studios, New York, NY Videotaped and transcribed by Amanda MacBlane Art vs. Entertainment Labels, Music Criticism, and Changing Tastes Reflecting on Earlier Music Breaking Musical Taboos […]

Bringing the Orchestra into the 21st Century

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard For years, I’ve entertained a fetish for being in spaces that took me away from the present day: walking through ancient ruins like Macchu Picchu in Peru or Volubilis in Morocco, sleeping in Colonial B&Bs in the Northeast or Antebellum homes in the Deep South, or even drinking in […]

Orchestra Tech: Introducing Technology into the Orchestra

Ray Kurzweil, Gil Rose, and Tod Machover Ray Kurzweil, Gil Rose, and Tod Machover September 24, 2001 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA Moderated and Videotaped by Frank J. Oteri Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane What is an Orchestra? Why Introduce Technology into the Orchestra? Convincing Audiences and Administrators The Repertoire and the Venue Standardization and […]