Tan Dun Wins Academy Award

Tan DunPhoto by Steve Zaho Congratulations to Tan Dun for his “Best Score” Academy Award for the acclaimed Ang Lee film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Tan Dun’s soundtrack had already been honored with the British Academy Film Award for Best Original Score, the Los Angeles Critics Award, and the Gold Horse Award (Taiwan) for Best […]

A View from the West: The Experimental Tradition

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki It may appear that the West Coast is cowering in the shadow of Manhattan and the East Coast when it comes to new music, but might also argue that perception and reality are two very different things in this matter. It is easy to forget or ignore the long standing […]

Boulez and Us

Greg SandowPhoto by Melissa Richard I For a long time, I’ve found Pierre Boulez’s music pretty. Not his earliest works, his Sonatine for flute and piano, his hard-edged first two piano sonatas, or his startling, rigid Structures for two pianos (which he himself no longer seems to like). But starting with his 1955 Le marteau […]

Michael Tilson Thomas: Making Anything Sound Good

Michael Tilson ThomasPhoto by Terrence McCarthy Michael Tilson Thomas talks with Frank J. Oteri@ the New World Symphony, Miami Beach, FL Monday, April 16, 2001, 1:00 p.m. Transcribed by Julia Lu American Music and Welcoming in the Vernacular Orchestras as Repertory Companies Advocating American Repertoire Difference in the Reception of Music and Art American Music […]

American Conductors Talk Out About Performing American Repertoire

Marin Alsop“…mainly I champion those composers whose music I simply cannot live without: Chris Rouse, John Corigliano, John Adams, Aaron Jay Kernis, Joan Tower, Libby Larsen, Jon Deak, Michael Daugherty, to name a few…” JoAnn Falletta“…collaborating on a new work is the closest the orchestra and I can come to actually creating a work…” Chris […]

Appropriate Conduct? The Maestro in America in the Year 2001

Brian WisePhoto by Melissa Richard As American orchestras come to terms with dwindling, aging audiences, music directors are increasingly called upon to roll up their sleeves and develop bolder, more inventive ways of awakening the public’s appetite for orchestral music. The image of the Great Maestro – the heroic, omnipotent and often tyrannical conjurer who […]

Soundtracks: May 2001

I was going to organize this month’s SoundTracks around the subject of composers and conductors, but I got distracted (chalk it up to spring fever). Remember that silly game, a few years back, “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon?” Well, I got to playing that with the CDs. Take Tan Dun’s soundtrack for Crouching Tiger, Hidden […]

Lead or be Led

If we are to be part of a viable international musical culture, we must honor our own achievements as a fundamental portion of the larger world-based continuum.