View from the West: New Music on Record

Dean SuzukiPhoto by Ryan Suzuki That the worth of record labels specializing in experimental music is invaluable would be difficult to argue against. While live performances may be the best way to experience music, recordings, which may be heard through such media as radio and the Internet, in addition to home, automobile and portable audio […]

View from the East: Enough Nostalgia?

Greg SandowPhoto by Melissa Richard It was such a New York night. There we were, “we” being an audience of several hundred, in the shadow, the valley, or, better, the notch between the two twin thrusts of the World Trade Center towers. And from the stage in front of us roared the music of Glenn […]

Age: Does It Matter?

D.C. Culbertson over the yearsFinal photo by Mark Longaker, others unknown By D.C. Culbertson© 2001 NewMusicBox “Act your age!” “Age is nothing but a number.” “With age comes wisdom.” “He looks good for his age.” People talk a lot about age. They speak of golden years, midlife crises, middle-age spread, callow youth, being young at […]

Nothing to Fear?


When looking at the influence that age has on a composer there are several things to keep in mind so that we don’t get lazy and fall into the ruthless trap of overgeneralization; advice that should also be observed when reading Ayn Rand novels.

When did first you know that you would be a composer and what is the earliest work that you still acknowledge?

Lori Dobbins“…when I was an undergraduate studying music at San Jose State University…I realized that I was keenly interested in the structure and language(s) of music…and needed to develop a deeper understanding of composition, and of music in general…” Andrew Imbrie“…I became a Wagner fan. I got to be very interested in the ‘Ring’. That […]

Natasha Sinha: Top Ten!

Natasha SinhaPhoto by Raj Sinha Natasha Sinha talks with Frank J. Oteri at the New York City offices of ASCAP May 24, 2001—11:30 a.m. Conversation videotaped by Jenny UndercoflerTranscribed by Julia Lu The Life of a Composer The Process of Composing, Audiences and Peers Musical Influences From Notation to Performance Program Music and the Avant-Garde […]

Anthony Gatto

Anthony GattoPhoto courtesy of the composer Composer Anthony Gatto was born and raised in Brooklyn. In May of 2001, he received his D.M.A. in composition from the Yale School of Music, where his teachers were Jacob Druckman, Martin Bresnick, and Ezra Laderman. Dr. Gatto has also studied with Lukas Foss and Ornette Coleman. He has […]