Blogs

Wild Thing

Anyone can reject European influence, but how is it possible to write music as new and fresh as, say, Harry Partch or Charles Ives without developing equally bizarre sets of reference points?

I Spy

Exploring Naples with visual artists allowed me to see things I would have easily missed on my own.

Why I Still Buy Records

A physical recording is a reminder of the when-ness of something; it provides historical context and a portal into the mindset of another time.

Hey Orpheus, Show Me the Money!

Who can afford to be a practitioner of that most labor-intensive, under-compensated, high-overhead of art forms, art music composition, unless you live in music-crazed Finland.

Did I Write That?

While one can argue about the importance of remaining true to one’s ideals, when writing music for a large ensemble such as an orchestra, what is practical is ultimately what will get done.