Composers need to control their materials and, to an extent, their musicians. This is true for the murderer Gesualdo and the gentle John Cage, more so for the latter. Most composers are autocrats; Cage was totalitarian. And autocracy and totalitarianism, in their view of and relationship to human beings, are the political equivalents of malevolent psychopathology.
Over the course of the next four months, the American Composers Forum will present “Champion of New Music” awards to Michael Morgan, Claire Chase, and the American Composers Orchestra at public ceremonies in Oakland, Brooklyn, and New York City.
The New Music Bake Sale brings you cookies and new music on March 15 at Roulette.
As the notion of genre is becoming increasingly difficult to define in today’s musical landscape, artists are actively embracing this ambiguity not only as a happy byproduct of our endless channels through which ideas are shared, but as an artistic advantage.
As with any political issue, your inner Che Guevara might be telling you to organize a protest or to occupy a square on your campus. While that could be a good way to draw attention to an issue, it’s clearly not the best way to get lasting results.
Ezra Sims came to a place so uniquely his own that it has no siblings, no cousins, no counterparts. His ear made the demands, and once he found the sound his ears sought, he drew the map for us to retrace his steps back to the music traditions he loved. He was not an iconoclast, but a logical evolutionist, who ironically arrived at his destination by a leap of faith.
The ASCAP Foundation has announced the 26 recipients of the 2015 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards who will each receive cash awards and range in age from 16 to 30.
It is easy to believe that we are enriching ourselves, and those around us, by becoming living content providers. But we need to supplement this presentation of material with some shading of our humanity.
There’s been a “desert island nine symphonies” game making the rounds on Facebook. (Pick nine different numbered symphonies, 1-9, by nine different composers.) Here are some American repertoire ideas.
What Andrew Pekler’s project and Vicky Chow’s recital had in common was that they both prompted consideration of a particular feature of technology: the technology you notice is almost always, at the same time, pushing another technology into the unnoticed background.