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Seventeen Eclectic Commissions Courtesy of Meet The Composer

With the announcement of seventeen new commissions, Meet The Composer’s COMMISSIONING MUSIC/USA 2002 program continues to demonstrate the organization’s dedication to the creation of new and adventurous works of American Music. Since the inception of the commissioning program 14 years ago, MTC has had a hand in the creation and performance of more than 700 […]

Aaron Copland Fund Awards $600,000 In Recording Grants

For all those worried about the recording future of new American music, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music hopes to offer a bit of encouragement. The foundation has awarded grants totaling $600,000 to performing ensembles, presenters, and recording companies across America through its 2002 Recording Program. Thirty-seven organizations have received support for new releases and […]

Phenomenal Women

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Thirteen new recordings this month exhibit the presence of women in the jazz of the 21st century, a genre that is shedding its passé machismo and growing into a more pure expression of the human spirit.

View From the East: Pirate Theses

Greg Sandow 1. Piracy is a bad word… It brings me images of ships that fly the skull and crossbones. They’ll capture us, steal our stuff, make us walk the plank. They’re a threat, not just to life and limb, but to legitimate commerce. (Although, if you want to get historical, some of that commerce, […]

View from the West: Improvise? What Do You Mean I Have to Improvise?

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki What happened to the practice of improvisation? It had been, to varying degrees, an integral part of the Western classical tradition for centuries, but sometime in the 19th century it fell by the wayside. Picking up the pieces has been difficult and problematic at best, or not even on the […]

Another View: I’d Rather be Disliked than Ignored

Lenore von SteinPhoto by Jim Graham I just heard a panel discussion at the Village Vanguard about the state of jazz–there were three jazz critics and three jazz academics on the panel. One critic, Gary Giddins, said he doesn’t waste his space writing about things he doesn’t like. He also said that jazz writing shouldn’t […]

Another View: Music and Wilderness

photo by Dennis Keeley In addition to my wife Cynthia and our son Sage, there are two great loves in my life: music and wilderness. At first blush, these two things may not seem to have much in common. Music is among the most social of human experiences. Wilderness is where we sometimes go to […]