Recovering Our Elemental Imagination

Old growth forest

Everything we have in our civilization is grown or extracted from the living earth; we will never escape this truth. How this truth influences our creativity, and how creativity influences our capacity to live this truth is a pivotal question.

To Stream or Not to Stream? That is the Wrong Question.

do the same thing

If you’re in the business of making and selling records, then streaming means your job has changed, and it’s not as simple as opting in or opting out. Whether you want to stream or not, things are different now. The one thing you mustn’t do is ignore it.

CMA Announces Commissioning Grants Totaling $475,000 for 21 Ensembles

Logo of Chamber Music America listing genres of music they represent: classical, jazz, contemporary, world, and early music

Chamber Music America has announced the recipients of its 2016 commissioning programs, supporting the creation of new works for small ensembles. CMA will distribute a total of $475,000 to 21 ensembles through two of its major grant programs: New Jazz Works, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and Classical Commissioning, supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Giving Voice: Expanding the Periphery

Two young people wearing headphones sitting in front of a work station with a drumpad, an electronic piano keyboard, a computer monitor, speakers, and other peripherals.

I was able to draw parallels between the staves in my score and the tracks in a ProTools session. By looking past our preconceived notions of musical genres, we were able to find the interconnectivity inherent in all musical expression.

RighteousGIRLS Release gathering blue

RighteousGIRLS

Q&A plus new video featuring RighteousGIRLS, the New York-based duo of flutist Gina Izzo and pianist Erika Dohi. Their debut album, gathering blue (New Focus Recordings), was released today.

The View from the Bottom of the Heap

A long-haired Charlie Morrow leaning at a table and surrounded by a lot of electronic equipment

The composer faces a future more uncertain than that of anyone, except perhaps the poet. When school days come to an end, the composer mortality rate—not to mention that of their all too perishable idealism—is close to 100 per cent. I am one of the many in that uncertain middle ground trying to survive, pen in hand.

SESAC to Buy HFA

Official logo for the Harry Fox Agency

SESAC, one of the three performing rights societies operating in the U.S.A., has agreed to buy the Harry Fox Agency (HFA), which is the pre-eminent American collecting agency for mechanical rights.

Wit and Wisdom: Musicians On Being

Fairouz on being

When a journalist like Tippett can interview anyone in the world, which musicians does she choose? And what does this tell us about musicians’ perceived impact in the wider world?

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