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), […]

Steve Reich on Betty Freeman

Betty Freeman was the recipient of an AMC Founder’s Award although she could not attend the receptionPhoto montage by David Hockney courtesy Betty Freeman As many of you may know, Betty Freeman was unable to come to New York to receive this award but she promises to be in town this September when her show […]

Remembering Lou

John Luther Adams, Bill Colvig, and Lou HarrisonPhoto by Dennis Keeley The great redwood has fallen. Light streams into the forest. The sound will reverberate for generations to come. The passing of Lou Harrison marks the end of an era in American music that began with Charles Ives and continued on through Henry Cowell, Ruth […]

Everywhere At Once: John Luther Adams On Kyle Gann

At the AMC awards ceremony, Mikel Rouse presented Kyle Gann with a Letter of DistinctionPhoto by R.J Capak Kyle Gann is a force of nature. Composer, performer, author, critic, scholar, educator… Like the weather, he seems to be everywhere at once—a commanding presence in the landscape of American music. First and foremost, Gann is a […]

David Starobin on George Crumb

David Starobin presents George Crumb with an AMC Letter of DistinctionPhoto by R.J. Capak I first got to know George Crumb personally when, as a 19 year-old fan of his music, a friend of mine and I showed up at George and Liz Crumb’s doorstep completely unannounced. George was our hero—the leading composer/poet of our […]

New Music Shines at AMC Event

Over 250 composers and friends of contemporary American music came together at the New 42nd Street Studios in New York City for the 64th annual American Music Center meeting and the 39th annual AMC awards ceremony.