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Bright Sheng Receives MacArthur Fellowship

MacArthur Fellow Bright ShengPhoto by Wah Lui, courtesy Schirmer Composer Bright Sheng has been named one of this year’s 23 recipients of MacArthur Fellowships granted by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The prestigious award recognizes exceptional individuals working at the fore of a wide variety of disciplines — from astrophysics to creative […]

Jalbert Wins Masterprize

American composer Pierre Jalbert has been named the winner in the second Masterprize composer competition. He picked up a cash award of £30,000 given by the BBC and EMI during an awards ceremony presided over by the Duchess of Kent.

Estate Project Preserving the Work of Composers with AIDS

Joseph DaltonPhoto by Dorothy Alexander, Courtesy Composers Recordings, Inc. Though the AIDS epidemic doesn’t get the media play it once did, its impact on the cultural community in this country has not ended just because the issue has fallen off the general public’s radar. The Estate Project, a program of the Alliance for the Arts, […]

New Airline Rules Could Relegate Instruments to Cargo

Don’t want your instrument in cargo? Start considering alternate means of transportation. The recent tightening of security at airports across the nation has musicians worried that they may no longer be able to carry fragile instruments into the plane with them. Airlines have long made their own ambiguous rules regarding passengers traveling with instruments. Sales […]

Charles Lloyd: Nothing Left But the Music

Saxophonist Charles Lloyd commissioned to write for the San Francisco Jazz FestivalPhoto courtes In town for a gig at the Blue Note, Charles Lloyd sat down to talk with me in an upper room of a Greenwich Village apartment on a rainy Friday morning. Over the steady drip of water hitting the chimney flue, he […]

The New Sound Machines

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Whether it is the bleeping, crunchy, ethereal sounds created using computers, traditional instruments being stretched to create exciting new harmonics, or simply the ability to hear music from distant parts of the world, contemporary composers and listeners alike have made extensive use of these new sound “machines” to expand our aural capacity.

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 […]

Cage Performance to Run Longer Than Cats

Timeline of the scoreImage courtesy of John Cage in Halberstadt At the stroke of midnight on September 5, 2001, a performance of John Cage‘s ORGAN2/ASLSP (As Slow As Possible) began in the small German town of Halberstadt. Taking Cage at his word, it is not scheduled to conclude for another 639 years. The performance began […]