Field Reports

A Brief Encounter with Ali Akbar Khan

It was sad news to hear that the sarod master and icon of Indian music Ali Akbar Khan died last month, and on my birthday no less, June 18. I first heard his music when I was a little child, growing up in Los Angeles, in the ’50s and ’60s.

A Day of Music

Once a year, on the summer solstice, amateur and professional musicians and listeners take to the streets of NYC for the simple pleasure of playing, listening to, and sharing music; here are some photo highlights from the 2009 edition of Make Music New York.

Make Your Own Rules: Notes on Composition from John Corigliano

As holder of Juilliard’s 2009 William Schuman Scholars Chair, Corigliano
presents two free lectures this year. For the first-which, thanks to the
Juilliard School, is made available here for on-demand
streaming-Corigliano offers an in-depth look at his approach to building
a piece of music.

Ask Your Mama!: Five Questions for Laura Karpman

Ask Your Mama! will premiere at Carnegie Hall on March 16 as part of the Honor! Festival, a celebration of the African American cultural legacy curated by Jessye Norman. We saw the trailer and heard some rumors about a tone row, and just had to ask the work’s composer, Laura Karpman, a few questions.

In Memoriam

Steven L. Rosenhaus was an undergraduate music student at Queens College when he began private composition lessons with George Perle, and Christian Carey studied with Lukas Foss at Boston University during 1995-96; both offer memories of their mentors.

The Quest for the Crimson Grail

The reason that I volunteered for A Crimson Grail was simple: I wanted to participate in something that I had never experienced before, and could experience in no other way.

Required Listening: The New Albion Festival

If I were going to imagine the perfect summer music festival, it would be pretty much identical to the New Albion festival at SummerScape, which runs through August 10th in the Spiegeltent at Bard College.