New Music’s Quality Problem

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It seems like the entire audience problem debate stubbornly looks outward, asking questions about marketing, “outreach,” and accessibility, all the while carefully avoiding some seriously necessary self-examination. Instead of an audience problem, I think new music has a quality problem.

Let’s Get Critical

Popcorn

For as much as it stirs the pot when a “serious music” review mentions the soloist’s hem line, it turns out things get even more heated when pop goes under the cold lens of the theoretical magnifying glass.

Cataloging the Fail: A Cathartic Scrapbook

Composer Fail Example

Lately I’ve been reflecting more and more on how I’ve dealt with rejections and supposed failure as a young composer. Because I now teach at a small liberal arts college, I constantly see and interact with a sea of undergrads. And because of their presence, I am reminded of how I dealt with what I perceived as devastating defeat upon experiencing rejection.

Brooklyn in Austin’s House

Brooklyn Rider

Providing great performances and cultural snapshots of Austin then and now, Copland and Mexico and Brooklyn Rider gave us an inside look into where we’ve been and where we’re going.

Juan Orrego-Salas: I’ve Written All I Have to Write

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Juan Orrego-Salas (b. 1919) is the last surviving member of a major group of mid-20th century American composers. He was a protégé of Aaron Copland, Randall Thompson, and Luigi Dallapiccola, and a personal friend of Irving Fine, Lukas Foss, and Pablo Neruda, among others. He also founded the Latin American Music Center. His is an important story in the annals of American music.

Phill Niblock & Elodie Lauten Receive Top FCA Awards

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The Foundation for Contemporary Arts announced the recipients of awards totalling $500,000: the biennial John Cage Award, the second Robert Rauschenberg Award, and 14 Grants to Artists awards in the disciplines of dance, music/sound, performance art/theatre, poetry, and visual arts.

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