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Daniel Felsenfeld on Steve Reich

Steve Reich accepts his Letter of Distinction from David LangPhoto by R.J. Capak On May 5, Steve Reich was given a Letter of Distinction by the American Music Center, timely and appropriate, as he is one of the great renovators of classical music here in the States. A chance to see Reich speak is a […]

Corey Field Remembers Ronald Freed (1937-2002)

Ronald FreedPhoto courtesy ASCAP Ronald Freed often said that he enjoyed being a music publisher because he enjoyed working with composers. And what composers they were… Ronald counted among his friends and colleagues Luciano Berio, Hans Werner Henze, Krzysztof Penderecki, Michael Tippett, Joseph Schwantner, Christopher Rouse, Stephen Paulus, Tobias Picker, Robert Beaser, Bernard Rands, Alvin […]

Meredith Monk on John Zorn

John Zorn received on of the inaugural AMC Trailblazer Awards John Zorn is a person who is a visionary in many, many ways. He always really understands that music-making comes primarily from people; that that’s really what it’s about and he’s done this process and worked with this process over the years in so many […]

Ara Guzelimian on George Steel

Ara Guzelimian presents George Steel with the first-ever AMC Trailblazer AwardPhoto by R.J. Capak My best explanation of George Steel is to tell you my favorite George Steel story, which happened not very long ago. I found myself climbing in a belfry at St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue looking for the perfect carillon and […]

Matthew Shipp on Wayne Shorter

Where do I begin? Wayne Shorter’s influence is so immense in the modern jazz landscape. If you got different people from different aspects of the jazz world together in one room—say fusion musicians, modern new music musicians, mainstream musicians—he’s one of the few people living that they all have in common. People that would usually […]

Historical List of American Music Center Award Recipients

Founders Award 2002: Betty Freeman; Lou Harrison (in memoriam) 2001: John Duffy 1999: Elliott Carter Letter of Distinction 2003: George Crumb; Ronald Freed (in memoriam); Kyle Gann; Steve Reich; Wayne Shorter 2002: Henry Cowell (in memoriam); Phyllis Curtin; Sylvia Goldstein, Ursula Oppens, John Schaefer 2001: Donald Erb, Hale Smith, Mark Swed, Lyn Austin (in memoriam), […]