In fall of 1965, during my second year in graduate school at UC Berkeley, I applied for and was awarded an Alfred E. Hertz Traveling Scholarship to go to Germany. Why did I want to go to there? Since getting interested in new music as an undergraduate I had repeatedly encountered the music and writings […]
I am an American (New York City) composer/saxophonist/bandleader, and have lived abroad since ’65 (Rome, Paris, Berlin), with the exception of ’67 when my wife (Irene Aebi, singer and ex-cellist/violinist) and I moved back to New York, where we found the working situation worse than ever, and thereupon fled back to Europe and Rome in […]
Photo by Petkov I think of myself as a New York composer. Not especially American. Since I was born in Brooklyn of parents born in Russia I had a very strong connection with Europe already. Many people I met during my childhood came from Europe. My grandfather spoke nearly ten broken languages in our home […]
Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki I hate drum machines. This is purely subjective and I’m sure that there are many whose opinions on the matter, pro and con, are intense and inflamed, but I, for one, hate drum machines. Why is it that some composers are using those annoying drum pads? A number of my […]
Greg Sandow This past summer, I wrote a piece for The Wall Street Journal about dinner music. I’d eaten in a fine country restaurant, where unfortunately there was one annoyance—classical music on the stereo, first some surging 19th-century romantic work, bad for the stomach, and then classical music’s greatest hits, Bolero and the like, bad […]
Guy Livingston Writing from Paris, in the beginning of the new millennium, the city of light seems pretty tame compared to its awesome role a century ago. From about 1880 until World War II, Paris was the rarely-contested center for new and avant-garde music, painting, and writing. This cultural hub attracted vast numbers of foreigners, […]
Photo by United States Federal Government O.K. True confession time. I was born in Miami, but I’ve spent almost my whole life in New York City and have therefore always thought of myself as a “native” New Yorker. As a newborn in Florida for only a couple of weeks before being whisked away to the […]
Charlemagne Palestine, Steve Lacy, Nancy Van De Vate, James Dashow, John McGuire and Peter Garland discuss.