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Nathan Currier

Reclaiming the Missing Middle

What is the accepted intellectual justification for excluding the center of the aesthetic spectrum from our current musical discourse?

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Frank J. Oteri

Michael Torke: Life After the Ceremony of Innocence

Before turning 30, Michael Torke had become a towering figure in the new music community. He was signed by a major publisher, had an exclusive record contract on a major label, and was the de-facto composer-in-residence for New York City Ballet. In his early 40s, he went totally DIY both self-publishing and running his own boutique record label. Now in his mid-50s, Torke claims to feel “disconnected from everything” but he remains at the top of his form as a composer.

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Aakash Mittal

Questions of Identity

How do we straddle the line between individuality and the cosmos without becoming homogenized masses or superficial categories?

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Christopher Rountree

The Books In My Life

16 beautiful things that have fueled Chris Rountree’s creative life

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Morton Subotnick

The Electric Heat of Creativity—Remembering Donald Buchla (1937-2016)

Donald Buchla and I remained close for 53 years, although for about 30 years, the friendship was without the virtual electric connection we had in the early days. But he showed me how his new 200e worked and I took it with me to Europe on tour. At the end of the first concert there, for an encore, I looked at the 200e, made a few adjustments, and it was as if it was 1966 in my studio on Bleecker Street.  I was ecstatic; the audience was ecstatic. Since then until his recent death, we shared again, that wonderful electric heat of creativity.

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Aakash Mittal

New York City Heartbeats

The human body offers a reservoir of largely unexplored creative material. When we design music with an understanding of biology, we further remove ourselves from static practices and embrace fundamental aspects of creativity.

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Aaron Holloway-Nahum

Some Thoughts About Dorico The Morning After

We naturally only skimmed along the surface of the program during the event (and I haven’t had the chance to trial it), but even from the short presentation we had, Dorico looked incredibly deep and nuanced.

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James Matheson

Vinyl Fever

In 2012 came move number 19 and I left the records when I left the apartment. It was an impulsive yet life-altering decision that on occasion still keeps me awake at night. A few year later, when Bob Attiyeh of Yarlung Records and I decided to start raising money for a new CD project featuring three works of mine, we hadn’t discussed a vinyl release and I thought maybe someday. But it soon became clear that Bob was thinking big.

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Frank J. Oteri

Musical America Announces 2017 Honorees

New music is an important focus in the 2017 Musical America awards which have just been announced. Among the awardees are composer Andrew Norman and the new music ensemble Eighth Blackbird.

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Aakash Mittal

Street Music, Noise, and the City of Joy

Music is a choice the listener makes and the difference between music and noise is a matter of perspective. The streets can be our concert halls, and every listener can be an artist. We are not limited. So what do we want to contribute to our physical, social, and musical environments?

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Christopher Rountree

Notes on Belief, Creation, and the Un-serious. Seriously.

An exploration of knowledge and belief in the search for meaning in art (and life)—and the vital role of humor, friendship, and failure along the way.

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Molly Sheridan

Corigliano, Who Set Dylan Text, Reflects on Songwriter's Nobel Lit Win

Beyond the mainstream commentary and think pieces bound to follow, John Corigliano is in a unique position to reflect on Bob Dylan’s Nobel win. We asked him about the literary merits and character of Dylan’s text, from his perspective as someone who set the songwriter’s work in 2000.

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Kenneth Cavander

My Oldest Friend and Best Collaborator: Remembering Richard Peaslee (1930-2016)

Richard Peaslee possessed an openness to the unconventional and untried, along with a streak of irreverent humor and wildness that drew him to subject matter and musical expression outside the mainstream.

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Aakash Mittal

A Universal Music

When Hafez Modirzadeh pushed Aakash Mittal to move beyond ethnic stylizations towards a concept of universal music, it was a life-changing moment that sent him down a path of inquiry, exploration, and creative destruction that he is still traversing to this day. Could he really abandon an idea so integral to his identity?

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NewMusicBox Staff

Chicago: What Makes It Great?

To further showcase the spirit of the community Ear Taxi is organized to celebrate, we asked a diverse roster of local creators to highlight stand out (but quite possibly under-the-radar) aspects of the scene—to pull back the curtain on Chicago for those in the know about new music but maybe a stranger to the city. Add your favorites!

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Patricia Morehead

Great Moments (for me) in Chicago New Music History

Patricia Morehead arrived in Chicago in the fall of 1984 and went on to found and direct the CUBE Contemporary Chamber Ensemble for 20 years. In the midst of the Ear Taxi celebration, she takes a moment to reflect back on her history in the city and praise its evolving new music community.

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Seth Boustead

Uniquely Together: The Chicago Paradox

Chicago is a city of individuals with an entrepreneurial streak and a DIY mentality who work hard to build from the ground up, but who are also very interested in finding their shared identity. And Seth Boustead finds that all voices, unique as they may be, are welcome in the search.

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Michael Lewanski

Chicago New Music as assemblage; or, why are we doing this?

Chicago is a particularly concentrated expression of confluences in current culture, and the evidence of this is both the explosive energy of the city’s new music community in recent years and also how hard its characteristics are to pin down.

Chicago Millennium Park Sunset Between Buildings.
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Molly Sheridan

Made in Chicago: Original Sound, Original Voice

Inspired by the Ear Taxi Festival’s concentration of activity, we are devoting the week to an examination of the creative energy that fires Chicago from a variety of angles.

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Frank J. Oteri

Why the 21st Century is the Most Exciting Time for Music

Since music from literally any place and time can now be equally with us in the here and now, the once seemingly impenetrable dichotomies of domestic vs. foreign, new vs. old, and us vs. them have become completely porous and ultimately meaningless. It is all equally ours to enjoy, as well as to be the source of inspiration for our own creative impulses.

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Frank J. Oteri

Adam Rudolph: Languages of Rhythm

Making sense of the world we live in seems to be one of the focal points of Adam Rudolph’s life. The way he has chosen to do so is through making music, most of it collaboratively. He could just as well have become a philosopher—he even looks and sounds like one when he speaks—but that would not be hands-on enough for his worldview.

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Eve Sicular

Klezmer Beyond the Punchline

The right expression might involve no joke at all; funny business might be in the improv solo, the notes, and/or (choose carefully, you may have to live a long time with this) the band name.

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NewMusicBox Staff

Delivering the News You Need

We’ve done a little restyling just in time for the new season to improve mobile browsing and to bring you even more music, news, and ideas from creators spanning the nation.

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Ed Windels

Embracing Being a 5-to-9 Artist

Making a living off your music, solely or otherwise, may take some time to achieve. And among the many interim options available, having a day job, related or not to your vocation, shouldn’t be viewed as a matter of shame or a setback.

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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.