I was invited to testify before the Federal Communications Commission in the fall of 2009 about two issues: digital piracy and rural broadband access. The former, because I am a composer, and the latter, because I am a composer who lives on a small, remote, bridge-less island floating off the coast of the United States who has created and managed her career largely on the internet.
Those of us who gravitate toward improvisational music do so because we enjoy relating to other human beings as equals.
We can make composing relevant again. We can answer the question: Why compose now?
By Ann Starr
Composition is a high-risk undertaking with real consequences for the composer’s life and mind; Morgan Powell is drawn to it by the (potentially lethal) need to question; by questions that produce thoughts with unforeseeable outcomes.
It may actually be easier to include contemporary works on education, family, community outreach, and pops concerts than on the typical classical subscription concert.