What is the dominant musical style of today and what will be the dominant musical style of tomorrow? Martin Bresnick

Martin BresnickPhoto courtesy ASCAP Concert music today is influenced by such a wide and powerful range of sources – audio technology, computers and the Internet, popular, folk and world music, conceptual art, film and theatre, among others – that it is impossible to isolate a single dominant style. Despite, or perhaps because of that pluralism […]

Ways of Listening

After intensive periods of performance, recording and teaching, my ears sometimes tell me they need a rest from music.

American Composers Forum Announces Composers Commissioning Program Winners

Photo of Hollis TaylorPhoto credit Carol Yarrow The American Composers Forum has announced the results of the 2000 Composers Commissioning Program (CCP), which is funded by the Jerome Foundation. The CCP, now in its 21st year, supports the production of new musical works by emerging composers. It seeks to boost the careers of younger composers […]

Library of Congress Acquires Nicolas Slonimsky Collection

Nicolas SlonimskyPhoto courtesy of Electra Yourke The Library of Congress has acquired a large archive of the works of the important American conductor, composer, musicologist and lexicographer Nicolas Slonimsky (1894-1995). The papers, which comprise both printed and manuscript music, programs, writings, correspondence, a large musicians’ biographical file, recordings, and materials in other formats were given […]

American Composer’s Orchestra Names Music Director Designate

Steven SloanePhoto credit Stas Rzeznik 42-year-old American conductor Steven Sloane has been named Music Director Designate of American Composers Orchestra. Mr. Sloane begins his artistic planning duties with ACO effective immediately, and will make his Carnegie Hall debut with the orchestra in March 2002. He will become Music Director beginning with the 2002-03 season, succeeding […]

The Commission Project Announces Programs for 2000-2001

In early September, Ned Corman, Director of The Commission Project, announced an impressive line-up of composers and musicians who will engage in long-term residencies at a wide variety of schools in 12 American cities this fall. The Commission Project is a non-profit arts education organization that brings professional composers and musicians into classrooms to write […]

Jeanne Lee, Jazz Singer Who Embraced Avant-Garde, Dies at 61

Jeanne LeePhoto courtesy Naima Hazleton Jeanne Lee, one of the great jazz singers and composers in the avant-garde tradition, an author, and a teacher of singing, died on October 25, 2000, in Tijuana, Mexico. She was 61.The cause was cancer, said her daughter Naima Hazelton. Born in New York City in 1939, Lee graduated from […]

Composer Herbert Brün Dies at 82

Herbert BrünPhoto credit Yehuda Yannay Herbert Brün, a pioneer in applying computers and electronics to the composition of music, died on November 6 in Urbana, Illinois. He was recognized within and beyond the field of music as an eloquent and original thinker, a contributor of ideas relating to composition and systems theory, language, thought, performance, […]