OBITUARY: Arts Patron Rose “Red” Heller, 105

Rose Heller, a lifelong supporter of art and contemporary music and co-founder of the Picred Heller Foundation (with her husband Ernest “Pick” Heller d. 1998), died peacefully at her home in New York City on Saturday, July 19, 2003. She was 105 years old. Most people referred to Mrs. Heller as Red, but official records […]

The World of X and The New Science

“I dream of instruments obedient to my thought and which with their contribution of a whole new world of unsuspected sounds, will lend themselves to the exigencies of my inner rhythm.” – Edgard Varese I’ve never been an instrument builder, but trained as a percussionist, my first professional initiatives in new music, both as a […]

What prompted you to build instruments and what role should instrument builders have in shaping the future of music? David Monette

David MonettePhoto by Hal Oringer The job of an instrument maker should be to inspire musicians to new levels of creativity. In the world of trumpet manufacturing, tradition and convention have defined trumpet design for most of the last 100 years. I started building instruments because, as a trumpet player myself, I realized that the […]

What prompted you to build instruments and what role should instrument builders have in shaping the future of music? C. F. Martin IV

C.F. Martin IV, Chairman & CEO, C. F. Martin & Co.Photo courtesy C.F. Martin & Co. Amateur and professional musicians alike depend upon high quality guitar makers like Martin for instruments that will provide the superlative tools of their trades. But beyond that, there is an intangible. Every one of our instruments holds inside it […]