Psychedelic Citizenship: Jimi Hendrix as Tone Poet

JSAM Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix’s “Woodstock Banner” is among the most iconic moments of rock history—a symbol of the art’s social and political potential. For Hendrix, “anthem” was not a noun, but a verb—a song in motion.

New Music USA Awards $284,250 to 62 Projects

New Music USA

New Music USA announced yesterday its third round of project grants awards, totaling $284,250 in funding to support artistic work involving a wide range of new American music. The program recognizes and supports the multiple roles composers and contemporary music practitioners play in the artistic landscape and responds to the creative spirit of collaboration between artists […]

Meeting of New Music Minds at SF Gathering

Lavena Johanson in performance at the Gathering.

The inaugural New Music Gathering in San Francisco was proof in action that an environment that removes the problems of proximity, competition, and ego can generate an immense amount of collaboration, friendship, and growth.

Eco-Music: Not Just a Theory

Russell Maroon Shoatz

I am not surprised when protest organizers contact me asking for musicians to play at their protests; I am less surprised still when I hear that it was the music that elicited the loudest response and the most action.

Julian Wachner: Transcending the Sacred and the Profane

Julian Wachner sitting in front of Trinity Wall Street altar.

Composer, conductor, and Trinity Church music director Julian Wachner believes that all music is meant to induce a transformative experience upon the listener and believes that changing listeners’ lives through music is a “moral responsibility of the compositional craft and the performative craft as well.”

Chicago: The Spektral Quartet goes to pieces (and rots)

Spektral Quartet

I can’t tell if the Spektral Quartet is getting bigger or smaller. At the quartet’s Saturday night concert, “Snowpocalypse Antidote,” I had the opportunity to reflect on “miniaturization” and the pleasure of small forms. They’re “doing small” in a very big way.