It’s a funny thing how our weaknesses work, sometimes. My improvising abilities are pitiful – put something down on paper, I’ll play it, but ask me to make it up, and I’m just reading the inside of my eyeballs. The good aspect of the situation is this: I stand in awe of composer-performers who improvise. […]
Howard MandelPhoto by Melissa Richard Improvisation and composition are two sides of one coin alloyed in the medium of form. At least it’s how it is in jazz — though maybe a coin is too static an image for anything so dynamic as music or so fluid as the relationship of improvisation and composition. Not […]
What exactly is a jazz composer and what constitutes a jazz composition?
Frank, Do you have some kind of standing order, or trial by fire, where you encourage NewMusicBox staff to take radically offensive positions as a way of gaining experience in billboard exchanges – kind of like adversarial lawyer debates – and generating “discussion” and hits? Everyone seemed to agree that new music was chamber music, […]
Speaking directly to the importance of the places in which we make and listen to music
Katherine M. ShaoPhoto by Susan Scott, courtesy of American Baroque American Baroque’s adventures in new music began close to home. Our viola da gamba player, Roy Whelden, is a fine composer, and we were lucky to count a couple of other composers among our friends. After that, we had to start looking a bit further […]
Larry OchsPhoto by Dennis Letbetter, courtesy of the Rova Saxophone Quartet Rova got going in 1978 … seems like a million years ago …. And our unstated but definite goal was to create a group voice like no one else’s. As a result, we wrote all our own music with the goal of having each […]
William AndersonPhoto courtesy of William Anderson The first and foremost reason for the success of Cygnus’ adventurous programs is that all of the six core members (Tara Helen O’Connor, flute; Jacqueline Carrasco, violin; Susannah Chapman, ‘cello; Jacqueline Leclair, oboe; Oren Fader and William Anderson, plucked strings) have input in our programming. Each player has unique […]
Since eighth blackbird is essentially a cover band, we are completely dependent on composers to keep our sound, our passion, our concretizing experiences alive. So finding the right composers, people excited about what we do who are saying something in a way we haven’t heard before, is critical to our career. Two methods of connecting […]
The very expression “chamber music” designates music that is site specific more than anything else.