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.

Terry Riley: Obsessed and Passionate About All Music

Terry RileyDrawing by Melissa Richard Terry Riley in conversation with Frank J. Oteri@ the Wortham Theater Center, Houston, TX February 16, 2001 Transcribed by Julia Lu Earliest Musical Experiences Studying Composition and Discovering Jazz The Birth of Minimalism and In C Studying Indian Music Solo Keyboard Improvisations Just Intonation String Quartets & Other Chamber Music […]

Michael Tilson Thomas: Making Anything Sound Good

Michael Tilson ThomasPhoto by Terrence McCarthy Michael Tilson Thomas talks with Frank J. Oteri@ the New World Symphony, Miami Beach, FL Monday, April 16, 2001, 1:00 p.m. Transcribed by Julia Lu American Music and Welcoming in the Vernacular Orchestras as Repertory Companies Advocating American Repertoire Difference in the Reception of Music and Art American Music […]

Lead or be Led

If we are to be part of a viable international musical culture, we must honor our own achievements as a fundamental portion of the larger world-based continuum.

Robert Ashley: You Can’t Call It Anything Else But Opera

Robert Ashley at his home in New York City March 13, 2001, 1:00pm Transcribed by Julia Lu Filmed by Jenny Undercofler Download the Entire Transcript [52K Acrobat PDF] FRANK J. OTERI: I’ve been following your music for over 20 years and am a huge fan of your work which is often hard to describe to […]

The Jazz Composers Collective on Creating and Performing

Photo by Lourdes Delgado February 8, 2001 at The Jazz Standard, NYC Members: Ben Allison Frank Kimbrough Ted Nash Michael Blake Ron Horton with Frank J. Oteri Conversation transcribed by Karyn Joaquino Precedents for the Collective Mutual Influence Ken Burns What is Jazz? Jazz Composition Herbie Nichols Reactions to Other People’s Interpretations Rights and Wrongs […]

Joan Jeanrenaud: A Fourth Approach to Performing Music

Joan JeanrenaudPhoto by Marion Ettinger, courtesy New Albion Records Joan Jeanrenaud talks with NewMusicBox editor Frank J. Oteri at her home in San Francisco, CA, about her unusual post-Kronos career Friday, November 9, 2000 Transcribed by Lisa Kang The Role of the Performer The Electric Cello Standard Cello Repertoire and String Quartet Repertoire A Collaboration-Oriented […]