David KorevaarPhoto courtesy Jecklin Associates When I look at new music, I look for the same traits that I seek in not new music. For example, Brahms impresses because he balances intellect, emotion, and beauty so well. In new music, I want music that sounds well on the piano—music that is conceived for the instrument, […]
Geoffrey BurelsonPhoto by Angela Coppola I have basically the same criteria for new piano music that I have for new music (or music that’s new to me, at any rate) in any genre (I really try not to be pianocentric!). Some of my favorite new works reside at both extremes of the new complexity–minimalist continuum, […]
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 […]
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 […]
While the political arena has chosen to respond with aggressiveness and violence, a generation of composers has sought refuge in what they know best—their art.
For the most recent round of fellowships (2003-2005) all 5 of the music/sound fellows are American-based composers. David Birchfield (New York/Arizona), Jason Freeman (New York), Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan (Santa Barbara), Kristjan Varnik (Boston), and Jennifer Walshe (Chicago) will be spending some portion of the next two years in Stuttgart.
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 […]