May The Force Be With You

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?

Opening Up Pandora’s Box

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.

Eight is Not Enough

Today we’re celebrating our eighth anniversary online, but it seems like we’ve still only scratched the surface.

A Sliver of Rehearsal Time Can Go a Long Way

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.

Standing on the Corner

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.

Beautiful Music, R.I.P.

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?