Come Here Often?

Whenever I meet non-musicians in a social context and the nature of my job (i.e. “composer”) is made public, there are a few questions I can almost always expect to be asked.

Who Are You?

How service organizations define what a composer is and what new music is both have significant implications in how they promote our constituency.

Brian Eno’s Recording Studio as Sackbutt

Examining the gap between a teacher who somehow still likes to pick up and hold his music, and his students, to whom a song, a track, a tune, a composition, is as ephemeral as an infrared signal from a game controller.

Livin’ tha Modern Music Life

The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble has set a new bar for interpretation and performance standards by “living” Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians.

“Seryozha, we hardly knew ye”

It’s one thing to say that the vast majority of history’s composers remain unknown. But how many of history’s known (and even “great”) composers are, effectively, “mis-known”-either through insufficient performance of the bulk of their output, or through actual suppression of significant chunks of their oeuvres?

Koto of Arms

Often costumed and tattooed in ways that might evoke a dominatrix as much as a musician, it is clear when Yagi plays the koto who is the slave and who is the master.