I know that exciting new music performances happen around the country throughout the year, but April and May really do feel like a double contemporary American music month in New York City. But what can we do make a louder splash about new music among the general public?
The thought of having my special own radio station sounds fantastic, but the idea that my tastes can be defined by an algorithm based upon an absolute set of parameters does somewhat unsettle me.
Mother would be shocked.
The music I find myself attracted to avoids the middle-of-the-road-ness of being all things, all of the time.
The Replacements’ Let It Be is abundant in “authenticity.” Should we care?
Today we’re celebrating our eighth anniversary online, but it seems like we’ve still only scratched the surface.
I recently asked a chamber ensemble if it would be possible to take five minutes to read through one of my student’s pieces; instead of doing it behind closed doors, the group offered to do the reading as part of a public rehearsal/workshop.
The New York Phil had a dream of young conductors and new music. Oh, wait, no—that was me.
Composing music is like creating a fictional character, we have to fully realize each toenail and eyelash if our goal is to generate something convincing.
Can new music have at once the same quality of “pushing at the edge of the conceivable” that Beethoven’s had in its day as well as its emotional resonance?