On April 19, MATA kicks off its 12th annual festival in New York City. Under the banner of “Young Composers—Now!” this four-night event at Le Poisson Rouge includes 14 world premieres— three of them MATA commissions.
This Saturday would have been the 70th birthday of Eleanor Hovda, a prominent Minnesota-born composer and dancer whose compositions were championed by leading new music ensembles all across the country. Her friend and colleague Jack Vees offers this memorial and celebration of her life and work.
There is a fluid back and forth motion across continents and centuries that impresses when it comes to the work of Garrett Fisher. It’s showcased once again in his latest piece At the Hawks Well.
My week and a half at the Festival de Música Contemporánea in Havana, Cuba was much more than a musical education: it was a remarkable artistic immersion that left me sad and frustrated that the U.S. travel ban is depriving other Americans of access to this rich culture.
The story of the premiere of This Thread is one that I hope will serve to inspire ideas for how orchestras can successfully present new music.
By Bill Brovold
The music of Maryanne Amacher (1943-2009) is much like she was: very loving and friendly or a bit of a firecracker.
By Christopher McIntyre
Known to all as a fiercely passionate advocate, ISSUE Project Room Founder and Artistic Director Suzanne Fiol’s passing is an utterly profound loss for the experimental arts community.
Composer Leon Kirchner (1919-2009) was an important teacher for many composers; John Adams, who studied with Leon Kirchner at Harvard, and Stanley Silverman, who studied with Kirchner at Tanglewood and Mills, share their memories.
Somehow it still seems fitting that I should always associate my apprenticeship with Leon Kirchner with the stormy years of the late sixties and early seventies, an era full of anxiety, restlessness and ecstasy; those are words that pretty much sum up Leon’s music.
Leon Kirchner was an inspiring teacher, almost Talmudic in his dedication.