OBITUARY: Jazz saxophonist Frank Lowe, 60

Jazz tenor saxophonist Frank Lowe, 60, died September 19, 2003, of complications from lung cancer in New York. Greatly influenced by John Coltrane, he played and recorded with musicians such as Alice Coltrane, Rashied Ali, Sun Ra, Eugene Chadbourne, Don Cherry, Joseph Jarman, Billy Bang, Joe McPhee, and Saxemble, four-saxophone group he founded in the […]

Davidson Fellowship Given to 17-Year-Old Composer

Timothy Andres The Davidson Institute for Talent Development, which is a Nevada-based non-profit organization that has as its mission “…nurturing profoundly intelligent young people,” has awarded Timothy Andres, a gifted composer from Connecticut, one of its fellowships, which includes a $25,000 scholarship. Timothy, who is just beginning his studies at Yale University, has already composed […]

Neo Neo-Romanticism

I’m filled with torment. Is the question this month really whether there is such a thing as neo-romanticism in contemporary music? Does such a term refer to composers who are openly and proudly reactionary, led by Gian Carlo Menotti, alive and kicking at 92? But wait—doesn’t Stockhausen have an ego and artistic agenda bigger than […]

Would you describe yourself as a neo-romantic? Why (not)? Andrew Violette

Andrew ViolettePhoto by Barbara Nitke Minimalism, neo-romanticism haven’t been cutting edge for thirty years. Tinkering with new timbres goes back to musique concrète in the 1940’s. Tinkering with the computer goes back to the turn of the last century. Microtonalism: Cowell, Ives, and the ancient Greeks. My own innovations have been structural. The colorfield form […]

Would you describe yourself as a neo-romantic? Why (not)? 1

Alex ShapiroPhoto by Jeremy Davidson I don’t think tonality and overt melody ever left the building, but in some circles they were like a couple of illicit lovers locked in a small broom closet for quite a while. Until very recently, the perceived power in the concert music world came largely from universities, conservatories and […]