Ara Guzelimian presents George Steel with the first-ever AMC Trailblazer AwardPhoto by R.J. Capak My best explanation of George Steel is to tell you my favorite George Steel story, which happened not very long ago. I found myself climbing in a belfry at St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue looking for the perfect carillon and […]
John Zorn received on of the inaugural AMC Trailblazer Awards John Zorn is a person who is a visionary in many, many ways. He always really understands that music-making comes primarily from people; that that’s really what it’s about and he’s done this process and worked with this process over the years in so many […]
The 2003 Philadelphia Music Project awards distributed $780,000 to 16 non-profit arts organizations, resulting in 15 commissions and performances of works by composers such as Jane Ira Bloom, Uri Caine, Andrea Clearfield, Richard Danielpour, Tiyé Giraud, Kamran Ince, Gerald Levinson, Nicholas Maw, Ikue Mori, James Primosch, Ned Rorem, and Maurice Wright.
Periodically, our 2nd Person forum is initiated by a guest. This month, we are honored to have the perspective of Randall Davidson, who is leaving the AMC Board of Directors in July after 16 years of dedicated service. Randall was President of the AMC during a very challenging period, and was instrumental in the resurrection […]
Carl StonePhoto by David Agasi I love choral music, ever since the age of two. The first present I remember ever receiving, and one of my best loved, was a recorded collection—of 45 rpm discs no less—of Japanese children’s songs, sung by a chorus of elementary school students. Although now much too timeworn to be […]
Jon JangPhoto by Francisco Garcia During the past 15 years, my instrumental works, as well as my vocal ones, have been inspired by the feeling of sorrow songs particularly from the Chinese and African American traditions. I am also drawn to the feeling of words in poetry that paint provocative images. During this time of […]
Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki The Other Minds Festival in San Francisco offers a healthy and provocative departure from the conventional new music series or festival. Whereas most new music organizations focus on their own favorite style or flavor—it makes sense; you present what you like and know—it takes a bold, daring organization with a […]
Easley Blackwood For me, the greatest stimulation regarding a new work is the assurance of a competent performance. An old friend who is a genuine music lover has recently asked me to compose a setting of the Magnificat for four-part unaccompanied chorus. There are many settings of the Magnificat, going back to the 15th century, […]