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On the Good and the Great—Wrapping up the NY Phil Biennial

New York Philharmonic 2014 Biennial

Last week amounted to a floodgate of new music being opened: from a few new subscription-series pieces per season from major figures and some encouragement to young talent by way of CONTACT! commissions, the Philharmonic and partners performed well over 60 pieces from composers of all stages and many walks of life.

February: New Mexico and the Holes

Bootheel Abandoned House

There is freedom in the holes. The holes remind you that the universe is still expanding, the world is still a work in progress, and there is space for your own contributions.

NY Phil Biennial: Scads, Oodles, and Heaps of Composers

New York Philharmonic

As the NY Phil Biennial continues, with events every day through this Saturday, I’ve begun to realize how many new pieces and how many composers I’ve heard over the last week or so. My rough count comes to 56 people, with only one name appearing on more than one program.

January: Wyoming and the Open

Brush Creek, Wyoming

In December 2013 I gave away many of my possessions, moved out of my apartment in Chicago, and set out on the darkest day of the year—abutted in nearly every direction by sleet and snowstorms—to drive to the west.

Composing on the Pacific Crest Trail

Pacific Crest Trail: Wind

Beyond exploring our ever-evolving relationship to the natural world over tens of thousands of years, deep ecology, and humorous battle stories, 314 miles into my walk there have been a number of practical concerns and adjustments to make in my remote, mobile residency.

Classical Music in the Era of ESPN

What if there was a ESPN's Scorecenter that showcased music scores.

Would a “classical music ESPN” work in bridging the gap between our great musical institutions and every cable-subscribing home in America? By leveling the media playing field, could classical music once again compete for the attention of American households?

What’s In a Festival? NY Phil Biennial Pre-Game

nyphil-biennial

This week marks the start of something big, busy, and possibly brilliant in New York: the first edition of the NY Phil Biennial. Beyond what look like some exciting programs, I’m waiting to make any grand assessments on something so damn grand.

Making the Numbers Work

A scene from Potential Energies.

One of the toughest parts of being a musician in new music is finding the balance between making a living and performing the music and concerts you are passionate about. This is a puzzle that I constantly struggle with.

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