For composer and sound artist Ryan Ingebritsen, Song Path is a practice that explores guided meditation and hiking as a compositional form. Ellen McSweeney caught up with him to chat about what it means for a primarily electronic artist to lead troupes of people through the woods.
The panel awarded Ben Hjertmann the $12,000 Barlow Prize to compose a major new work for saxophone quartet. In addition, the endowment granted a total of $62,000 to ten composers who will write works for the following ensembles and musicians. They are…
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Sound and Music, a national agency for new music in Britain, has conducted a survey of 466 composers designed to explore the economic challenges facing the creation of new work. Average fee per commission in 2013: £1,392.
Is there a mess on the desk? Evidence of vice or obsession? A disruptive cat or two? Billie Jean Howard’s blog By Measure offers the voyeuristic pleasure of vicariously poking around another artist’s home.
Three teams of new opera composers and librettists will premiere new 20-minute operas, each based on a contemporary American story, in a semi-staged concert performance on November 21, 2014 in the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.
American Music Project, a nonprofit organization focused on supporting performances of American classical music and the commissioning of new work, to launch with premiere of Amy Wurtz’s Piano Quintet.
Lerew’s flagging entrainment of ultradian rhythms and the consequences thereof was commissioned by ACF, along with the works of two other competition finalists–Michael Laurello and Kristina Warren–which were workshopped by So Percussion at Princeton University.
As in his music, Richard Toensing (1940–2014) embraced the challenges of teaching with his simplicity inside complexity. He had an indelible ability to be engaging, stringent, rigorous, and nurturing all at once. He was well known for his integrity, his delightful wit, and his zero-tolerance policy for what he called “that bull-hooey ego nonsense that gets in the way of hard work and real life.”
Not being exactly what one wants to hear seems like a pretty thin rationale for judging whether a piece of music succeeds or doesn’t.