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 […]
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 […]
Thea MusgravePhoto Provided Courtesy of G. Schirmer, Inc. Though America now claims her as its own, British-born composer Thea Musgrave will travel to London later this month to receive the honorary title of Commander of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II. Honored to receive such recognition but laughing over the gravity of the title, […]
Adding another twist to the webcasting royalty rate debate, Librarian of Congress James H. Billington has rejected the Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panel’s suggested rate structure.
John Adams. The Next Carnegie Composer in Residence? John Adams will assume the Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall for the 2003-04 season, industry insiders say. Word has it that Adams attended a meeting Tuesday with Carnegie Hall representatives including Artistic Administrator Ara Guzelimian, though Carnegie Hall has as of yet made no official announcement. It […]