What’s your ideal performance space? Mary Jane Leach

Photo by Marion Ettlinger I don’t believe that there is just one type of performance space that works best with new music. Just as there are many styles of new music composition, so are there different spaces that work best with them. For my music, I want a reverberant space, but not too reverberant. I […]

What’s your ideal performance space? Amy Denio

Amy DenioPhoto courtesy Amy Denio I have been playing and listening to new music around the world for the past 15 years and have come across hundreds of different venues and situations for listening, all of which offer unique advantages and problems for both the player and the listener. For music involving purely acoustic instruments, […]

What’s your ideal performance space? Sarah Rothenberg

Sarah RothenbergPhoto by Christian Steiner Over the years I’ve noticed that the space in which one plays new music can have a big effect on how the audience responds. Of course, some of this may be due to the fact that certain spaces attract certain audiences, and if I add that some of my favorite […]

View From Florida: What is Art Music?

Orlando Jacinto GarciaPhoto by Rafael Salazar As we enter the next century the music world can seem a bit confusing. Twenty-five years ago what was considered the Western Art music canon consisted of music from either Antiquity or the Renaissance through the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and into the 20th century. The music called by many […]

View From Philadelphia: Where are the venues for new music in Philadelphia?

Thaddeus Squire Where are the venues for new music in Philadelphia? Good question. To discuss the lack of venues for the contemporary performing arts in Philadelphia at the moment is—literally—a monumental irony. December 15 marks the opening of the Regional Performing Arts Center (a.k.a. RPAC—no relation to NJPAC), Philadelphia’s newest, largest, most anticipated, celebrated, and […]

View From The West: Simplicity vs. Complexity

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki I would like to suggest that we may have a skewed notion of the criteria for what it good or great in the music and the arts. Guided by our Western philosophies, aesthetics, and sensibilities, many of us have decided (or someone has decided for us) that great music, great […]

View From The East: Two Delights

Greg Sandow A while ago I saw a Godard film, one of his later ones, Soigne ta droite from 1986, which like all Godard’s later films isn’t easy to understand. It’s even hard to say what it’s about, which doubtless means the question doesn’t apply, or at least doesn’t apply in any normal way. The […]

The Matchmaker


Creating ambiance is much more than adding a fish tank, some framed art, and a cool lamp or two. Therefore, I have taken it upon myself to add another dimension: music—so here are my spatial visions for the 36 new releases of American music this month.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Photo by Melissa Richard A few months ago, I took a friend who was into electronica and obscure indie-rock to a new music concert at Carnegie Hall, naively convinced that I was opening his eyes to a whole wide world he never knew existed but would embrace immediately as the most cutting-edge music he had […]