Author Archives: NewMusicBox Staff

Eddie Marshall Receives First SFJazz Beacon Award

Eddie Marshallphoto by Chela Shanti Drummer and longtime Bay Area jazz leader Eddie Marshall is the recipient of the First Annual SFJAZZ Beacon Award presented by Stella Artois. The award will be given each year to a member of the Bay Area jazz community who has played a vital role in preserving the traditions and […]

Philadelphia Orchestra To Decide Centennial Competition Winner: Kevin Beavers

Kevin Beaversphoto by Lorin Burgess Kevin Beavers, 29, was born in Colombia, grew up in West Virginia and holds degrees in composition from West Virginia University (B.M.) and the University of Michigan (M.M. and D.M.A. candidate). Currently, he is studying and working in Amsterdam on a grant from the Netherlands-America Foundation; he also teaches composition […]

Philadelphia Orchestra To Decide Centennial Competition Winner: Keith Fitch

Keith Fitchphoto by Deborah Lopez Music Indiana native Keith Fitch, 33, studied at the Indiana University School of Music, where he completed his D.M. in 1995. Dr. Fitch currently resides in New York City, where he is the Assistant Director of the Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division and serves on the composition, music history […]

Philadelphia Orchestra To Decide Centennial Competition Winner: Huang Ruo

Huang Ruophoto by Nuiko Wadden Huang Ruo, 23, is working with Chistopher Rouse on his Master’s Degree at The Juilliard School, having recently completed his undergraduate work at Oberlin. The Chinese-born American composer wrote his first symphonic work at the age of 15, which was performed by the Shanghai Youth Orchestra. In 1995, he was […]

What is your favorite tuning system? Why?

Johnny Reinhard“What is the virtue of sticking to any single system of tuning? Why a system, and not an approach, or multi-systems?…” Joe Monzo“The desire to simplify Partch’s numerical (ratio-based) notation led to me create harmonic lattice-diagrams to represent the pitches in ‘ratio-space’…” Joe Manieri“I’m sorry for all you just people, but I’m un-just…” Lois […]

What is your favorite tuning system? Why? Johnny Reinhard, Composer, Bassoonist, Director of the American Festival of Microtonal Music

Johnny Reinhard in Kazan, Russia Photo by Svetlana Sokolova Here in the new millennium composers look about and wonder what connects them together. The answer appears to be the musical intelligence that they possess. Ever since Howard Gardner designated “musical intelligence” as the one of the legitimate human intelligences in his book Frames of Mind, […]

NEA releases landmark study on multiple jobholding in the arts

On August 9, the National Endowment for the Arts announced the release of a landmark research report on artists’ employment, specifically examining multiple jobholding or “moonlighting.” Commissioned by the NEA’s Research Division, More Than Once in a Blue Moon: Multiple Jobholdings by American Artists is unprecedented for the breadth of data examined that compares artists’ […]

What is your favorite tuning system? Why? Joe Monzo, Composer and Theorist

Joe Monzo Photo courtesy Joe Monzo Ever since encountering Harry Partch‘s Genesis of a Music in the early 1980s, I’ve been most interested in just-intonation (JI) tuning systems. The initial reason for my interest was that I realized there were far more pitches available to composers than the usual 12, and that their relationships could […] expands classical offerings recently unveiled its new web site featuring expanded classical music offerings. Music lovers and collectors can now access a library of more than 60,000 licensed classical tracks and create custom CDs from their computers. Among the company’s classical offerings are tracks from labels such as EMI, Naxos, Koch, Newport Classic, Platinum, AVC, Nimbus, and […]