Field Reports

Wit and Wisdom: Musicians On Being

Fairouz on being

When a journalist like Tippett can interview anyone in the world, which musicians does she choose? And what does this tell us about musicians’ perceived impact in the wider world?

Compromise and Conviction at the National Composers Intensive

wild Up in concert at the Regent Theater. Photo by: Craig T. Mathew/Mathew Imaging

The National Composers Intensive, organized by the LA Philharmonic, invited ten collegiate composers to write for wild Up. While readings of student works are not uncommon in the new music world, the Intensive was unusual in that composers had multiple opportunities to hear and revise their works.

Beyond the Margins of Self

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How does a New York freelance musician survive with her soul intact? Violinist and yoga teacher Heidi Schaul-Yoder shares ancient teachings that go beyond the conventional wisdom of “staying tough.”

Postcard from Pittsburgh: Contemporary Chamber Music Thrives in the Steel City

A view of the Pittsburgh skyline at night

Pittsburgh has more going on in new music, and the arts in general, than you would expect for its size (around 300,000 people in the city, and 2.4 million in the metro area). This is due in part to a high density of universities with good music programs, but new music events aren’t confined to the academic year. When summer comes and many cities offer little in the way of classical music besides orchestral pops, Pittsburgh has more modern sounds than you can shake a 4th of July sparkler at.

Digital to Analog: Poems and Histories

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What Andrew Pekler’s project and Vicky Chow’s recital had in common was that they both prompted consideration of a particular feature of technology: the technology you notice is almost always, at the same time, pushing another technology into the unnoticed background.

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