The Many Views of Betty Freeman

Photographer and patron Betty Freeman, who has been something of a Nadezhda von Meck to composers ranging from Harry Partch and John Cage to La Monte Young and Kaija Saariaho as well as numerous visual artists, talks about what music she funds and why.

Composer Alan Hovhaness Dies at 89

Alan HovhanessPhoto courtesy of C.F. Peters Alan Hovhaness, a prolific composer who melded Western and Asian musical genres, died in Seattle on June 21, 2000. He was 89 and had suffered from a severe stomach ailment for the last three years. Hovhaness was born in Somerville, MA, on March 8, 1911 to Haroutiun Hovhaness Chakmakjian, […]

American Contraband: Alternative Rock and American Experimental Music

Jason Gross and Steve SmithPhoto by Melissa Richard Much as it might bewilder major record companies and fundamentalist critics, rock isn’t only background music for TV commercials and cherished momentos for teenybopper spend-a-thons. It’s a lot more (and a lot less). About five years after Elvis started strumming “That’s Alright Mama” for Sam Philips, Buddy […]