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The New Sound Machines

In Roald Dahl’s story “The Sound Machine,” Klausner, the inventor of a machine that made inaudible sounds audible, explains his concept by saying, “I believe that there is a whole world of sound about us all the time that we cannot hear…there is a new exciting music being made, with subtle harmonies and fierce grinding […]

Live Jazz Fills City by the Bay

San Francisco Jazz Festival Founder and Executive Director, Randall KlinePhoto courtesy of SFJAZ At the end of the month, SFJAZZ kicks off its 19th annual San Francisco Jazz Festival, presenting a range of live performances from classic jazz to the avant-garde, tributes to legendary artists, and premiere performances of specially commissioned works. The festival performances […]

Composer Calling: Cell Phone Symphony Premieres

A mirror reflects the “performers”, who are also the audience in Levin’s DialtonesPhoto courtesy When the cell phones started ringing during a performance at an electronic arts festival in Linz, Austria, the conductor didn’t storm off the stage in a rage. He was the one making the calls. “Dialtones: A Telesymphony,” was given it’s premiere […]

Changes Ahead At Women’s Philharmonic

Women’s Philharmonic Last spring, the Women’s Philharmonic announced that it was canceling plans for a 2001-02 concert season. Board President Robyn Bramhall spoke with NewMusicBox about the direction in which the organization plans to head now. “The board of directors is still here and sound,” Bramhall assures. Currently, “we’re looking at whether and how to […]

Commissioning Music/USA Supports 25 New Works

Meredith Monk is commissioned to write a new opera/musical theater productionPhoto by K. Scott S Meet The Composer‘s Commissioning Music/USA 2001 program has announced $290,750 in grants to support the creation of new musical works. Thirty-one composers will team up with a wide range of performing/presenting organizations across the country to create 25 innovative pieces. […]

Heitzeg Celebrates Nobel Laureates

Composer Steve Heitzeg honors Nobel Prize with commemorative symphony Steve Heitzeg‘s Nobel Symphony, commissioned by Gustavus Adolphus College in Saint Peter, Minnesota, will be premiered on October 2, 2001 as part of the Nobel Conference held annually since 1965 on the campus. Heitzeg, himself a Gustavus alumnus, was approached to write the piece in recognition […]

JCA Calls for Jazz Scores

JCA sponsors the ninth annual Julius Hemphill Composition Awards, in honor of the legendary alto sax The Jazz Composers Alliance has put out a call for entries in the ninth annual Julius Hemphill Composition Awards. Works scored for large (8+ instruments) and small (1-7 instruments) ensembles will be accepted until December 15, 2001. The winning […]

NSO Anticipates Season of Encores

June and John HechingerPhoto courtesy of the Hechingers John and June Hechinger have once again demonstrated their commitment to American composers and the creation of new music. Through their support, Music Director Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra have announced a new series of commissions: The Hechinger Encores. The funding will support the commissioning […]

Hechinger Encores Commission Composer Jefferson Friedman

Jefferson Friedman can’t divulge when his Encore‘s commission will be performed exactly (the National Symphony Orchestra wants to make sure the performances are a surprise to the audience), but he will say that the work will be performed in the early fall and that it has already been signed and delivered to the NSO. “This […]

Tellus Compilation Invites Listeners to Play

Image by Taketo Shimada Flash by Michael RosarioSpecial Thanks to Aurelian Balan© 2001 NewMusicBox TellusMedia, the Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center record label, recently issued a 2-LP compilation of music previously released on the label. TellusTools comprises two 12″ vinyl records of identical material, packaged in a gatefold cover designed by sound/conceptual artist Christian Marclay. […]