Foster Reed of New Albion Records

One of the original “indie-classical” labels, San Francisco-based New Albion Records defined the West Coast Sound and helped to launch the careers of John Adams, John Luther Adams, Ingram Marshall, Paul Dresher, Stephen Scott, Chen Yi, Sarah Cahill, David Tanenbaum, Margaret Lang Tan, and many others. New Albion’s founder Foster Reed explains the label’s philosophy.

What makes you attend a music event? Eugene V. Carr

Eugene V. CarrPhoto courtesy of CultureFinder Former Executive Director, American Symphony Orchestra & President, CultureFinder (The Online Address for the Arts) Whenever I go to a modern dance performance I’m usually thrilled by the air of expectation in the house. People are eagerly waiting to see what their favorite dancers and choreographers are up to. […]

What makes you attend a music event? George Steel

George SteelPhoto courtesy of George Steel Conductor and Artistic Director, Miller Theater (Columbia University) The Elements of Style: What attracts me to a new music concert Free drinks: A concert is a celebration. It should feel like one. Any gesture of hospitality is always a lure. Unapologetic programming: Nothing makes a program more drab more […]

Speak For Yourself! A Hyper-History of American Composer-Led New Music Ensembles

Ken Smithphoto by Melissa Richard For a composer, the urge to assume creative control in your own musical matters is as American as…well, Aaron Copland. But whether your frame of reference is literally the Copland-Sessions Concerts of Contemporary Music, a four-season project from 1929-1932 where American composers first took charge of bringing their music to […]

Taking Charge of American Music

Frank J. OteriPhoto by Melissa Richard In 1939, six American composers joined forces to create the American Music Center, the first-ever information center devoted to the promulgation of new music. For many years, the American Music Center served as the only repository of scores and recordings of a diverse array of repertoire. This effort proved […]

What makes you attend a music event?

What makes you attend a music event? George Steel“Free drinks: A concert is a celebration. It should feel like one…” Eugene V. Carr“Whenever I go to a modern dance performance I’m usually thrilled by the air of expectation…” Dean Stein“…The history buff in me wants to hear what writers and composers have to say about […]

The Who and Why of Bang On A Can

For the premiere issue of NewMusicBox (May 1999), the three founders of Bang on a Can–Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, and David Lang–met at ASCAP for a lengthy conversation with Frank J. Oteri, Richard Kessler, and Fran Richard about the current state of new music.

What makes you attend a music event? Dean Stein

Dean SteinPhoto © Peter Schaaf Executive Director, Chamber Music America I’ve always been a bit of a history buff — not so much academically as romantically. For example, I love the theater and try to see the off-off, off and Broadway productions that crowd a typical New York season – experimental works, revivals, classics, “star” […]

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