What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Daniel Beliavsky

Daniel BeliavskyPhoto by Yuri Beliavsky I believe that successful contemporary piano music has metric and rhythmic vitality, harmonic novelty, melodic invention, but above all (and as a result of these factors combined), gives the player a dynamic and exciting performance experience. I will support this point by way of a short anecdote about Glenn Gould: […]

View From the West: Where Are the Notes?

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki For a very long time now there have been composers who create music directly, bypassing paper, the manuscript, the score. This has always been the case with electronic music, although graphic scores and other visual realizations of electronic works have certainly been made. There are also those who improvise or […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Paul Barnes

Paul BarnesPhoto by Don Hunstein Given my basic core belief that music at its best can function as a type of sacramental bridge between the physical and the spiritual, I look for music that explores these types of metaphysical themes. It’s also one of the reasons I tend to be drawn to minimalism, which I […]

View From the East: Maverick Subway

Greg Sandow As I’m writing this, Zankel Hall has just opened. Of course it’s Carnegie Hall‘s new contribution to New York’s musical life, their third performing space, a multi-use hall that can be reconfigured to have seats, or no seats, a stage, or no stage—kind of fun, really, especially (I’d guess) if we could see […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? Emanuel Ax

Emanuel AxPhoto by Lois Greenfield There are so many styles and possibilities in the music of today that I cannot intelligently compile a “wish list” of characteristics. I try to listen to new music in general, and look for pieces of composers that appeal to me. I have had the privilege of premiering a few […]

The Piano: More Than Black and White

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Jeffrey Herman It feels like pianos are everywhere again. The media was all over the 150th Anniversary of Steinway, which also happened to be concurrent with the 175th anniversary of Bösendorfer and the opening of their first-ever American office. Last month, a 21-piano concert marathon reverberated throughout the World Financial Center […]

La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela at the Dream House

From Wednesday, August 13, 2003 9:33 PMto Thursday, August 14, 2003 3:15 AM Videotaped by Randy Nordschow Transcribed by Frank J. Oteri, Randy Nordschow, Amanda MacBlane and Rob Wilkerson © 2003 La Monte Young & Marian Zazeela© 2003 NewMusicBox Anahata Nada and Long Sustained Tones Improvisation vs. Composition The Guru-Disciple Relationship The Evolution of The […]

What are you looking for in pieces of new piano music? David Korevaar

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, […]