The Northwestern University School of Music establishes the Michael Ludwig Nemmers Prize in Musical Composition.
A quintet sits on a raised platform at the front of the hall. Although they perform together, they are not always in tune with each other. Sometimes they even sound like they are in several different keys and rhythms at once. Phillip Bimsteinphoto by Timothy Archibald (Outside magazine) Nonetheless, over the course of the evening, […]
Washington DC, August 14, 2003 Videotaped by Steve Black Transcribed by Jonathan Murphy PHILLIP K. BIMSTEIN: Thank you Senator Hatch for taking this time to talk with us and with the 2,500 members of the American Music Center, and about 20,000 readers of NewMusicBox magazine online each month… SENATOR ORRIN HATCH: Well, glad to be […]
Archie Shepp First of all, you have to have a political perspective. For the most part, I find most African American musicians are too apolitical. They’re either too ignorant or too scared to make any political comments. It’s helped me that I went to college. I’ve been trained in social science, political science. When I […]
Jeffrey Schanzer The inspiration to create and perform political music comes from the injustice, exploitation and oppression I see around me every day. On another level, it is simply a reflection of my life, which has been involved in political activism for over 30 years. My political activism began in the late ’60s and early […]
Bob Ostertag I come at this from a different perspective. I’ve done a lot of political organizing and I took 10 years off to do political organizing in El Salvador. What motivates me to make music that has political content is the same thing that motivates me to do anything in my life—just a basic […]
Leonard LehrmanPhoto by Helene Williams Making the Political Personal What does one ever hope to achieve by composing/performing any music? To change the world, transform it, or at least leave it a bit better than one found it, perhaps. In a certain sense, all artistic expression has political overtones. When told she would be allowed […]