Limiting all the speeches to pre-concert talks or separate events would spare those of us in the audience who came to hear the music.
Neighborhood Public Radio is bringing something new to the table—something like guerrilla art verging on community service.
Just because something is not a premiere doesn’t mean that the new music community will not show up.
Sometimes there is a fine line between stupidity and brilliance. Most of the music and art that I admire touch both ends of the spectrum simultaneously, and the more weighted towards both extremes the work gets, the more exciting its visceral impact becomes.
I don’t know if concert presenters are sensing a mid-season fatigue on the part of concertgoers, but March seems to be shaping up into a heavily theme-driven month for new music here in the Big Apple. Whether or not you’re a fan of these gimmicky strategies for packaging a concert, in the end it’s still all about the music, plus the marketing department gets to have a little fun, too.
Composers who close themselves off from a particular sonic possibility—especially a “new” or “popular” one—are doing themselves and their music a disservice.
If you skipped last night’s 50th Grammy Awards broadcast, here’s what you missed.
Spray-on hair in aerosol cans: This, my friends, is a genius idea. Pure genius. However, a diametrically different adjective is required to describe said product’s ultimate results: hideous. And believe it or not, this is the sort of dichotomy I try to encapsulate in composing music.
I hate to admit it, but watching Alex Ross on The Charlie Rose Show was a little bit disconcerting as my supposedly hermetically sealed artistic hovel was being infiltrated by the mainstream.
It’s not easy to get a date on Valentine’s Day. But who the hell cares, because there are a ton of new music concerts going on to console our eternally bleeding hearts.