The Improvisation Continuum

Face the Music and ThingNY "huddle" prior to the premiere of In Space

Students who improvise, in a rigorous context, become better musicians sooner; and the sooner, the better. Why are we waiting until students self-select to go to music school to introduce these ideas?

A Very Long Walk: Time, Distance, and Creativity on the PCT

Sonora Pass

Day-dreaming drifting time is the luxury that I have out on the trail. Instead of my usual pattern of working on four or five things at once, I work on just one piece, mulling things over sometimes for days before actually writing them down. I’m not distracted by emails or petty bickering on social media.

Sounds Heard—On Shattering, Burning, and Diverting with Passion

JLZ-MB-JS

Though Zwilich, Brouwer, and Shatin are only three of many distinguished female composers, they serve as important models of the different ways a successful career as a female composer can look. Each composer has something wildly different to offer to the contemporary music scene with new CD releases.

On the Met Opera Lockout

Lincoln Center Plaza

What lessons can we as fans, musicians, and members of presenting institutions learn from the Metropolitan Opera’s situation? Can we prevent this from happening in our home institutions?

An Rx for Improvisation

Reina Hondo improvises

Improvisation offers valuable educational applications and allows students to get their feet wet in the world of new music without being tied down to some of the technical challenges inherent in much modern repertoire.

Charlie Haden (1937-2014)—One of the Greatest

Charlie Haden and Carla Bley

Death sucks, not for the person who dies—it’s mostly a rational solution—but for the people who live on with the absence of a favorite living, breathing creature. There is a creepy scrawled note on my desk with “call Charlie” crossed off. For the past few years, we had been talking about making another Liberation Music Orchestra album.

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