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Carrie Leigh Page

Opinions from the Dux Femina Facti: Women Leaders at the Grassroots of New Music

Through interviews with women leaders from grassroots music organizations from all over the country, we explore topics related to managing ensembles and festivals, commissioning, curating, and creating collegial workspaces where women’s voices can be heard.

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Michael Gordon

Fierceness Devoted to Truth—Remembering Glenn Branca (1948-2018)

Scientists say that black holes are so dense with matter that light isn’t able to escape. Such fierce density is theorized but not experienced. Imagine a sound that is the black hole of sounds. Every possible location on the sound spectrum has been filled.

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Rachel C. Walker

Poetry and Community in Guangzhou

Upon returning from my first stay in China in 2016, I began to seek out works by living Chinese writers in order to help enrich my understanding of the country beyond the music I had studied. Librettist Kendall A. suggested the poetry of Zheng Xiaoqiong’s (郑小琼), and I was struck by both the power of her words and the evocations of a side of China I had only seen hints of.

Carrie Leigh Page

Playing Like a Girl: The Problems with Reception of Women in Music

Any new music or new message has problems with reception, but women, in particular, have problems with reception in music.

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Shi-An Costello (世 安)

Emotion, Through Music, As Weather

While I do not claim to hold technical qualifications to discuss the weather or emotional psychology, I do intend to write from my own experience, with sincerity and imagination. In the following sections, I will attempt to bring emotions to life, expressed in music, and retold as weather.

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Rachel C. Walker

An Introduction to the Chinese Bamboo Flute Orchestra

In its five years of existence, the Chinese Bamboo Flute Orchestra (中国竹笛乐团) founded by Zhang Weiliang (张维良), has done substantial work. It has commissioned and promoted the music of living composers. It has used modern technology to innovate the design and subsequent construction of new dizi. It has also increased competency of Chinese musicians in playing in non-traditional ensemble settings. And, finally, in addition to protecting and innovating Chinese traditional music, the orchestra has raised the profile of Chinese music internationally.

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NewMusicBox Staff

American Composers Orchestra Announces Winners of Two Commissions Chosen From the 2018 Underwood New Music Readings

Carlos Bandera has been awarded the ACO’s 2018 Underwood Commission and Tomàs Peire Serrate received the 2018 Audience Choice Commission. Both will receive $15000 to write new works that will be premiered by ACO in a future season.

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Carrie Leigh Page

#ToTheGirls from The Most Powerful People in New Music

The sea change that is needed in the music world to balance gender inequities must begin from and be reinforced through our music educators.

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Gerald Cohen

Knowing the Characters in Your Opera, Literally

There are such a variety of types of stories that could conceivably be transformed by composers and librettists when creating an opera; many recent operas have been based on well-known movies or novels, or on recent events in history. But sometimes a riveting plot for a dramatic work can be found in the stories of the people in one’s own life—and the close personal connections in such stories can be significant in generating the emotional energy needed to create and present a new opera.

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Rachel C. Walker

For Summer Rain

In March 2015, I arrived in Beijing to study Chinese musical instruments for what started as a six-month stint and then sprawled into a year. It was an immersive experience, and one which changed my life.

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Christina Rusnak

Widening Inclusion & Visibility

How can we broaden our scope to increase the visibility of the vast amount of music composed by women? At least THREE THOUSAND OF THEM.

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Frank J. Oteri

Daria Semegen: So Many Awareness Pixels Going On at the Same Time

Daria Semegen’s compositional output consists of fixed media and performed works as well as pieces that combine both, often including improvisation. Her electronic music studio at Stony Brook University, where she has taught since 1974, has a wide variety of vintage synthesizers and oscillators as well as state of the art digital equipment plus four reel-to-reel tape work stations for editing pre-recorded sounds using classic studio techniques such as splicing. “I tend not to like to work boxed into one box, she explains. “The job of a composer is to choose!”

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Nick Zoulek

The Blackbird Creative Lab: A Photo Journal

Saxophonist Nick Zoulek, one of this year’s Blackbird Creative Lab fellows, also took his camera along to document his experiences and was kind enough to open his photo journal up for us.

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Cas Martin

This Is What Democracy Looks Like: Music Advocacy on Capitol Hill

We know that the life-changing capacity of music is worth fighting for, but can its voice be heard on Capitol Hill?

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Emily Doolittle

The Long-Term Effects of Gender Discriminatory Programming

The longer I trace my own career and observe the careers of students, friends, and colleagues, the more I see the complicated lineage that leads to and from each piece, each performance, each commission, each award, and each royalty check. It doesn’t take much of an initial difference in the rates of commissioning, performing, or promoting works by women for the cumulative effect over the years to become striking.

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Adam Schumaker

Live Streaming 104: Post Stream, Graphics, Licensing, and Live Streaming Through Collaboration

Adam Schumaker wraps up his four-part live streaming primer with a discussion covering post-stream content benefits, licensing agreements, and some encouragement to think beyond the scope of what you are able to do by yourself.

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Andrew Cyrille

A Lot of Energy—Remembering Cecil Taylor (1929-2018)

Having worked with Cecil, I felt like I could make music with anybody on the planet and I do.

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Cas Martin

Re-Imagining Collegiate Music Education

College music ensembles have seen a significant decline in membership. This week, Cas Martin digs into potential barriers for continuing music education and proposes cost-effective methods for ensemble retention and recruitment.

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Molly Sheridan

Exclusive Trailer: Milford Graves Documentary "Full Mantis"

Jake Meginsky’s “Full Mantis,” the first-ever feature film about Milford Graves, is set to open nationally this July, and to celebrate the filmmaker has shared this exclusive new trailer with us.

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Adam Schumaker

Live Streaming 103: DIY Live Stream Tech

This week, Adam Schumaker continues his series primer on live streaming with a review of the basic technical requirements, but without diving in so deep that you get lost. By the end of the post, you’ll be armed with the basic skills and gear knowledge required to get a live stream up and running.

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Frank J. Oteri

2018 Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence Announced

The 2018 Paul Revere Awards for Graphic Excellence were announced during the annual meeting of the Music Publishers Association at The Redbury in New York City.

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Cas Martin

What’s In a Name? The Orchestra and Its Community

Groups from the New York Philharmonic to the San Francisco Symphony hold an obligation to their namesake communities. But socioeconomic and demographic gaps can create tension between the ensemble and the community at large. With the right mindset, however, one can set a foundation for a healthy relationship. The key: don’t help. Instead, serve.

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Dave Molk

Speak Now: Music of the Travel Ban

We need not move mountains to defend our values. By leveraging power and privilege within our own spheres of influence, however modest they might appear, we can all effect real and positive change.

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Adam Schumaker

Live Streaming 102: Hosting, Preparing, and Advertising Your Live Stream

Make it easy for your existing audience and your potential fans to find your live video by hosting it where they gather, and linking the video to as many other locations as possible.

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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.

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.