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David Smooke

In the Moment

By David Smooke
Through improvisational performances, I have been able to make music with fabulous musicians and to connect with audiences who crave new sounds.

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Molly Sheridan

Sounds Heard: Gyan Riley—Stream of Gratitude

Far from the generic of solo guitar playing that crowds the sound systems of tapas restaurants and Pier 1 Imports retailers, Gyan Riley’s Stream of Gratitude is a collection of four pieces that show him to be a skilled performer of music that is both deeply personal and profoundly inspired.

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Frank J. Oteri

Beatless Music

By Frank J. Oteri
Could there ever be a time when music without a regular beat would be popular with a large percentage of the population?

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Ratzo B Harris

More on the Instrumental Prowess of Improvising Singers

By Ratzo B. Harris
I am still of the opinion that the best improvising singers also play an instrument.

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Rob Deemer

Finding Time

By Rob Deemer
How we manage our own time provides a glimpse into how we create and subsequently who we are.

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Alexandra Gardner

Composer Emerging

By Alexandra Gardner

Does an “emerging composer” turn into a straight up “composer” by finishing a doctoral degree, getting a tenure track teaching position or receiving a commission from a major orchestra?

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DanVisconti

Looking for Answers

By Dan Visconti
In looking for answers, we often come to reevaluate the questions.

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NewMusicBox Staff

Koussevitzky Foundation Announces Eight New Commission Winners

The Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress and the Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Inc., have awarded commissions for new musical works to eight composers: John Corigliano; Justin Dello Joio; Fang Man; David Felder; Eric Moe; Augusta Read Thomas; Bright Sheng; and Jukka Tiensuu.

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Dennis Bathory-Kitsz

Making 2011 the Year of the Composer

On February 17, 2011, Governor Peter Shumlin declared this the Year of the Composer in Vermont; what had happened in 30-plus years to bring Vermont from artistic backwater to being the first state to declare its commitment to new music?

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Colin Holter

The Sum of the Parts (Sometimes Divided)

By Colin Holter
Without neglecting the convenience furnished by the modularity of the small pieces I’m working on now—they could occupy any amount of program space from three minutes to fifteen—the main attraction, for me, is that it allows me to organize my pieces into a sort of bulleted list.

NewMusicBox Staff

Terry Riley signs with G. Schirmer/AMP

Kristin Lancino, vice president of G. Schirmer/AMP noted that “the entire team on all continents looks forward to a long partnership with both his new composed works and the dynamic existing catalogue.”

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Alexandra Gardner

Sounds Heard: Robert Poss—Settings

Although the fourteen works on Robert Poss’s latest CD, Settings: Music for Dance, Film, Fashion and Industry were made to be combined with other forces such as dance, they also stand on their own and together form an assortment of music full of interest and variety.

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David Smooke

Excuses

By David Smooke
I had become so used to the idea that this work would exist at some distant point on the horizon of the future that actually buckling down and getting to composing proved to be a daunting task.

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Molly Sheridan

John Luther Adams: The Music of a True Place

In many cases, the aural images John Luther Adams creates can be directly traced to the powerful natural world that surrounds him in his home state of Alaska, a landscape that has undeniably left its imprint on his work. More broadly, however, Adams uses composition as a way to explore and understand the world around him, regardless of borders real and imagined.

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Frank J. Oteri

You'll Never Experience It All

By Frank J. Oteri
I’ve spent most of my adult life voraciously trying to hear everything that’s out there and to experience as much as I can of sensory realms other than music in the time I can squeeze around listening; but we can’t hear it all, we can’t see it all, and we can’t experience it all.

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Ratzo B Harris

Geography as Destiny

By Ratzo B. Harris
I have never, and probably will never hear Cleo Laine’s wonderful voice and mistake it for someone from New Orleans, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Rio de Janeiro, Indianapolis (my birthplace), or anywhere “this side of the pond.”

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Rob Deemer

Discovering One's Own Life

By Rob Deemer
So many of us equate why we compose with why we started composing.

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Alexandra Gardner

Creating A World

One of the greatest strengths of John Luther Adams is his ability to remind us through his music that the world is indeed a sacred space to be cherished and treated with the utmost respect.

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DanVisconti

Recommendation Letters

By Dan Visconti
Any way you slice it, the recommendations process is sure to be absurd, uncomfortable, and excessively bureaucratic for all involved.

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Colin Holter

A Hunk With a Heart

By Colin Holter
The retreat of classical music into celebrity culture has taken an alarming turn.

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chris.kallmyer

Place, Space, and Music: Experiments in Context

Perhaps new music is not inaccessible, but the concert hall is.

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Frank J. Oteri

Sounds Heard: Dalit Warshaw—Invocations

An unassuming listener to Invocations—the first CD devoted to the music of Boston-based composer Dalit Warshaw—is in for a wonderful shock, the kind of shock that 21st century new music seems to do better than music from any other era.

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David Smooke

Changing Tastes

By David Smooke
I didn’t notice the change while it was occurring, but my entire system of musical values is now completely different from the one I enjoyed a few years ago.

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Ratzo B Harris

Traveling Low

By Ratzo B. Harris
While club owners who also play music are traditionally not up to the standards of the people they hire, this is clearly not the case at Puppet’s.

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NewMusicBox receives major support from the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and The ASCAP Foundation. NewMusicBox is funded in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and with support from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music and The Amphion Foundation, Inc. Support for New Music USA and its many programs and activities is provided by foundations, corporations, government agencies, and hundreds of individual contributors.