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 […]
Laurie Shulman Where is the orchestra going in the twenty-first century? We’ve all read plenty of articles and heard numerous discussions on this subject dating back to a couple of years before Y2K. That didn’t stop the American Symphony Orchestra League from tackling the topic at its 56th National Conference in Seattle last week. Overarching […]
Juilliard has announced the names of the first eighteen students admitted to the new Juilliard Institute for Jazz Studies, founded jointly by The Juilliard School and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Moving the AMC LibraryPhotos by Lyn Liston On June 29, 2001, the American Music Center (AMC) historic collection of more than 60,000 scores and recordings of works by American composers was transferred to The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts (NYPL) at Lincoln Center. In a joint statement issued by AMC and NYPL, […]
John Adams and Michael Tilson ThomasPhoto courtesy Shuman Associates The San Francisco Symphony has announced a ten-year commissioning project with composer John Adams. The endeavor will result in the creation of four new works, beginning with a piece to be written for the SFS’s 2002-03 European Tour and culminating with a commission in celebration of […]