Festival of Philadelphia: Celebrating Hometown Composers

The Colorado Quartet Think Philadelphia. You probably see the Liberty Bell or Benjamin Franklin, but you should also be hearing great music. Alright, now you’re hearing the Philadelphia Orchestra. But what about the music of Crumb, Wolpe, Shapey, and Barber? Though you might not know it, these and many other great 20th-century composers have connections […]

Where Do You Live?

Reading this month’s issue, I wonder how many of you, like me, find resonance with elements of the expatriate sensibility, all the while making your home in the United States. Even as resident citizens, I wonder how many of you feel like exiles to dominant cultural currents, to leading lines of political discourse, or to […]

Do you still identify yourself as an American composer? Nancy Van de Vate

American writers, composers, and artists have lived abroad for generations but have almost always continued to identify themselves as Americans. Henry James, Ernest Hemingway, Paul Bowles, Gertrude Stein, Gian-Carlo Menotti, Samuel Barber—the list is very long. Although I have now lived outside the continental USA for more than 25 years, and in Austria since 1985, […]

Do you still identify yourself as an American composer? Steve Lacy

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 […]