The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, ‘Is there a meaning to music?’ My answer would be, ‘Yes.’ And ‘Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?’ My answer to that would be, ‘No.’ Aaron Copland And what if I asked, “Then can you really express the meaning of […]
How concerned should composers be about the distant future?
Cecile Bazelon“I don’t want conductors or performers saying that the widow is pestering them, so largely I try to rely on publishers and recordings to be effective.” Roswell Rudd“There are no big campaigns that I know of to put Herbie Nichols stage center. I wish there were. But all over the planet you’ll find people […]
Self portrait by Ingram MarshallPhoto courtesy Nonesuch Records Frank J. Oteri visits the home ofIngram Marshall in Hamden, CT Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 1:00 p.m. Interview Videotaped and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane Tape Music vs. Score-Based Music Musical Boundaries From Fog Tropes to Hymnodic Delays Working with Other Musicians The Orchestra Recordings Promotion and Documentation […]
As a young composer (25), I am just beginning to come to terms with the struggle of finding my own voice in composition and allowing that voice to grow, mature and evolve. Imitation seems to be the beginning stage of finding your voice, finding composers you admire, assimilating some of their ideas and writing. But […]
From mid-adolescence on, I never had any doubt that I’d be a composer. But the whole concept of having a career didn’t really dawn on me until I was almost forty.
Erica vonKleistPhoto by Nan Miller courtesy of The Juilliard School Erica vonKleist (alto saxophone), from Connecticut, studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Earning honors in the 1999 and 2000 Down Beat Magazine’s Student Music Awards including “Best Composition,” “Best Arrangement,” and “Outstanding Soloist,” she also played lead saxophone player in the Grammy Jazz Band […]
Lifetime Achievement in Jazz: John Lewis (joining previous honorees Benny Carter, Ornette Coleman, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins) Musician of the Year (achievement in sound recordings, live concert performances and overall presence, April 15, 2000 – April 15, 2001): Joe Lovano Album of the Year (released April 15, 2000 – April 15, 2001): Joe Lovano, 52nd […]
Rebeca MauleónPhoto by David Belove courtesy of Meet the Composer MOLLY SHERIDAN: Why don’t you begin by talking briefly about your plans for the residency? REBECA MAULEÓN: Well I think that the most important aspect of it is in bringing together a diverse cross section of a population in San Francisco, which in general has […]
Mary Ellen ChildsPhoto by Warwick Green courtesy of Meet the Composer Mary Ellen Childs is known for creating both instrumental works and compositions that integrate music, dance, and theater. She will be working in the Minneapolis area collaborating with students and instituting a series of performances in public spaces with her performing company CRASH. MOLLY […]