From the outset, June in Buffalo 2013 demonstrated that a composition doesn’t communicate in a vacuum, but instead often reveals its vitality while in dialogue with other works.
The allure of Austin (like many places I suppose) is partly genuine and partly manufactured. Spending a few days at the New Media Art and Sound Summit and the REVEL Summer Solstice Festival might be all it takes to renew one’s faith in this live, weird town.
How do you prepare for a concert presentation of over eight nearly continuous hours of new music? If you’re a performer, and the event is the Iditarod at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice, it involves nine intensive days of practice, rehearsal, workshopping, and bonding with other musicians.
It is hard for me not to see the departed Shapero as not only the bristling, often vulgar man I remember, but as the end of an era, the period on a sentence, the final clause in an important but also completed chapter—and yet I will try to not calcify him into a notion or a trend or an idea, because he deserves better.
The longest day of the year is observed by the San Francisco Bay Area new music community with the annual Garden of Memory event at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland. Sidney Chen brings us this video digest.
A.J. McCaffrey has been named the winner of the American Composers Orchestra’s 2013 Underwood Commission, bringing him a $15,000 commission to compose a work that will be premiered by ACO during the 2014-2015 season.
The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the 2014 NEA Jazz Masters: Jamey Aebersold, Anthony Braxton, Richard Davis, and Keith Jarrett.
Chamber Music America has announced the recipients of its 2013 commissioning grants, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles.
What the nief-norf Summer Festival seeks to accomplish is a merger of the fields of performance, composition, and scholarship. In effect, nnSF pushes performers, composers, and researchers into the same room and locks the door. What may sound like a chaotic situation, however, is far from it; the effects are outstanding, invigorating, and inspiring.
Jazz pianist Cecil Taylor is among the three 2013 Kyoto Prize Laureates announced by the Inamori Foundation during a press conference at Kyoto University.