Matthew Shipp on Wayne Shorter

Where do I begin? Wayne Shorter’s influence is so immense in the modern jazz landscape. If you got different people from different aspects of the jazz world together in one room—say fusion musicians, modern new music musicians, mainstream musicians—he’s one of the few people living that they all have in common. People that would usually […]

Ara Guzelimian on George Steel

Ara Guzelimian presents George Steel with the first-ever AMC Trailblazer AwardPhoto by R.J. Capak My best explanation of George Steel is to tell you my favorite George Steel story, which happened not very long ago. I found myself climbing in a belfry at St. Thomas Church on Fifth Avenue looking for the perfect carillon and […]

Meredith Monk on John Zorn

John Zorn received on of the inaugural AMC Trailblazer Awards John Zorn is a person who is a visionary in many, many ways. He always really understands that music-making comes primarily from people; that that’s really what it’s about and he’s done this process and worked with this process over the years in so many […]

The New Music Flame Burns Brightly in Philadelphia

The 2003 Philadelphia Music Project awards distributed $780,000 to 16 non-profit arts organizations, resulting in 15 commissions and performances of works by composers such as Jane Ira Bloom, Uri Caine, Andrea Clearfield, Richard Danielpour, Tiyé Giraud, Kamran Ince, Gerald Levinson, Nicholas Maw, Ikue Mori, James Primosch, Ned Rorem, and Maurice Wright.

Doxology in Lincoln

Periodically, our 2nd Person forum is initiated by a guest. This month, we are honored to have the perspective of Randall Davidson, who is leaving the AMC Board of Directors in July after 16 years of dedicated service. Randall was President of the AMC during a very challenging period, and was instrumental in the resurrection […]

View from the West: Other Minds

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki The Other Minds Festival in San Francisco offers a healthy and provocative departure from the conventional new music series or festival. Whereas most new music organizations focus on their own favorite style or flavor—it makes sense; you present what you like and know—it takes a bold, daring organization with a […]