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Four Quartets

Frederick KaimannPhoto by Melissa Richard Entering history on the ground floor is an exciting thing, but over time new floors get added beneath as you’re jacked high above the street where you entered. Eventually the hot dog vendors and beggars forget what you look like even if you’re, say, ridiculously fat. So it goes with […]

How do you connect with composers to write new works for you and how does that fit in with your other activities? Matthew Albert, Violinist, eighth blackbird

Since eighth blackbird is essentially a cover band, we are completely dependent on composers to keep our sound, our passion, our concretizing experiences alive. So finding the right composers, people excited about what we do who are saying something in a way we haven’t heard before, is critical to our career. Two methods of connecting […]

How do you connect with composers to write new works for you and how does that fit in with your other activities? William Anderson, Guitarist/Composer, Cygnus Ensmble NYC

William AndersonPhoto courtesy of William Anderson The first and foremost reason for the success of Cygnus’ adventurous programs is that all of the six core members (Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Jacqueline Carrasco, violin; Susannah Chapman, ‘cello; Jacqueline Leclair, oboe; Oren Fader and William Anderson, plucked strings) have input in our programming. Each player has unique […]

How do you connect with composers to write new works for you and how does that fit in with your other activities? Larry Ochs, Composer/Saxophonist, Rova Saxophone Quartet

Larry OchsPhoto by Dennis Letbetter, courtesy of the Rova Saxophone Quartet Rova got going in 1978 … seems like a million years ago …. And our unstated but definite goal was to create a group voice like no one else’s. As a result, we wrote all our own music with the goal of having each […]

How do you connect with composers to write new works for you and how does that fit in with your other activities? Katherine M. Shao, Managing Director and Harpsichordist, American Baroque

Katherine M. ShaoPhoto by Susan Scott, courtesy of American Baroque American Baroque’s adventures in new music began close to home. Our viola da gamba player, Roy Whelden, is a fine composer, and we were lucky to count a couple of other composers among our friends. After that, we had to start looking a bit further […]

What is the dominant musical style of today and what will be the dominant musical style of tomorrow? Martin Bresnick

Martin BresnickPhoto courtesy ASCAP Concert music today is influenced by such a wide and powerful range of sources – audio technology, computers and the Internet, popular, folk and world music, conceptual art, film and theatre, among others – that it is impossible to isolate a single dominant style. Despite, or perhaps because of that pluralism […]

Americana Arcana: What is the Most-Performed American Classical Music?

Bradley BambargerPhoto by Melissa Richard There is no doubt that American composers have come a long way since Dvorák admonished them to stop mimicking Europe and come up with a distinctly native form of expression. Yet determining just who are the most popularly successful (i.e., the most frequently performed) American composers on their home soil […]

Finding the Center

Maybe wherever you are—listening, composing, performing, writing and talking about it—is the center of American music.