Gunther Schuller has had profound importance as a jazz arranger and historian as well as a twelve-tone composer, conductor, publisher, and record producer, and at 83 years young he’s still going strong. Read the interview…
Cenk Ergün and Jason Treuting have a history of musical familiarity that goes back to their days studying at the Eastman School of Music. Now, after a decade of collaboration, they put each other on the spot.
For multifaceted composer/musician Guillermo Scott Herren, no matter how far or in what direction he stretches, it’s always about cutting-edge sound. And from the role of Prefuse 73 to the state of the record industry, he has plenty to say. Read the interview…
Whether you’re a believer in fate or not, you kind of have to think Kirsten Broberg was meant to be a composer.
NewMusicBox has been on the scene for a decade. We’re using this anniversary both to ponder what might be ahead and to celebrate some video highlights from our archive.
These days, Angélica Negrón has settled into a way of working that allows her to reach out in many directions without losing her center of gravity, no matter what genre umbrella she happens to be standing under. “In the end, the music that I like to write is the music I want to listen to,” she says. “And it’s something that you can’t control and you can’t escape.”
Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate combines traditional musical material from the Chickasaw and other Native American tribes with such old-fashioned formal devices as fugues and sonata form.
A practicing Mormon who is completely attuned to contemporary culture (everything from Thomas Pynchon to videogames and recent pop trends), Steven Ricks creates latter day synchronisms containing some of the most thought-provoking music written this decade.
For Willie Colón, any style can be incorporated into salsa, and putting all these genres together is a way of making a statement that is as much sociopolitical as it is musical.
There’s a certain set of commonalities to abstract yet evocative music that encourages listeners to identify in a deeply emotional and visceral way, and Grouper’s music has these qualities in spades.