Photo by Petkov I think of myself as a New York composer. Not especially American. Since I was born in Brooklyn of parents born in Russia I had a very strong connection with Europe already. Many people I met during my childhood came from Europe. My grandfather spoke nearly ten broken languages in our home […]
Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki I hate drum machines. This is purely subjective and I’m sure that there are many whose opinions on the matter, pro and con, are intense and inflamed, but I, for one, hate drum machines. Why is it that some composers are using those annoying drum pads? A number of my […]
Greg Sandow This past summer, I wrote a piece for The Wall Street Journal about dinner music. I’d eaten in a fine country restaurant, where unfortunately there was one annoyance—classical music on the stereo, first some surging 19th-century romantic work, bad for the stomach, and then classical music’s greatest hits, Bolero and the like, bad […]
Guy Livingston Writing from Paris, in the beginning of the new millennium, the city of light seems pretty tame compared to its awesome role a century ago. From about 1880 until World War II, Paris was the rarely-contested center for new and avant-garde music, painting, and writing. This cultural hub attracted vast numbers of foreigners, […]
Photo by United States Federal Government O.K. True confession time. I was born in Miami, but I’ve spent almost my whole life in New York City and have therefore always thought of myself as a “native” New Yorker. As a newborn in Florida for only a couple of weeks before being whisked away to the […]
Charlemagne Palestine, Steve Lacy, Nancy Van De Vate, James Dashow, John McGuire and Peter Garland discuss.
Facts&Figures Number of Grants Awarded: 1774Number of Grantees: 1201 Average Grant: $712.67Adjusted for inflation: $1,237.58 Total amount granted: $1,263,561.12 Adjusted for inflation: $2,195,470.50 Pulitzer Prize winners/CAP recipients: Ellen Taaffe Zwilich Charles Wuorinen Jacob Druckman Elliott Carter Donald Martino Richard Wernick David Del Tredici Roger Sessions Stephen Albert George Perle John Harbison William Bolcom Roger Reynolds […]
Alexandra du Bois Imagine you are an undergrad composer just home from a rehearsal, sick and exhausted, and the answering machine light is blinking. The voice that comes over the speaker belongs to Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington offering you a commission. You might think the medicine was getting to you. For Alexandra du Bois, […]