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Advice from Strangers: Finding Your Own Strangers

It was a project that began with a questionnaire, ate its way through at least 500 Post-its, inspired a few unexpected interviews, and finally found its voice here. Now, build your very own!

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Matthew Guerrieri

Digital to Analog: The Needle and Thread Running Through Technology

A deep-cut exploration of the nature of technology, our relationship with it, and how decisions about it in one place and time shape attitudes in another place and time.

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Heidi Schaul-Yoder

Beyond the Margins of Self

How does a New York freelance musician survive with her soul intact? Violinist and yoga teacher Heidi Schaul-Yoder shares ancient teachings that go beyond the conventional wisdom of “staying tough.”

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Jamaaladeen Tacuma

The Freedom Of A Bird In Flight - Ornette Coleman (1930-2015)

Jazz, rock, classical, and other man-made genres are steps away from pure musical and sound expression. The music business as we know it today dictates the limitations, and this is what Ornette drove home to me and my fellow band mates.

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NewMusicBox Staff

David Hertzberg Wins ACO's Underwood Commission

American Composers Orchestra (ACO) has awarded composer David Hertzberg its $15,000 Underwood emerging composer commission for a work that will be premiered by ACO in the 2016-2017 season.

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Aaron Holloway-Nahum

Curation as a Third Possible Activity for Composers

Since we cannot be those who hold the door open for our own work, we should be a community dedicated to holding the doors open for one-another.

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Frank J. Oteri

Gunther Schuller Dies at 89

Composer, conductor, arranger and historian Gunther Schuller (1925-2015) has died at the age of 89.

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Sam Reising

Follow the Bang on a Can Marathon and Make Music NY on NewMusicBox

We’re tweeting from both the 2015 Bang on a Can Marathon and various Make Music NY concerts. Join the conversation!

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Frank J. Oteri

2015 Paul Revere Awards & Other MPA Annual Meeting Highlights

Among the first-prize winners in these annual engraving awards presented by the Music Publishers Association were two of the final works of Elliott Carter (1908-2012) Composer Mohammed Fairouz also presented the MPA’s lifetime achievement award to Ralph Peer II of Peermusic.

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Advice from Strangers: When Resources Are Low

Necessity is the mother of invention. Necessity is also the mother of all-nighters. Here’s how to fill manpower gaps to get work done when resources are low.

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NewMusicBox Staff

2015 Composers Now Creative Residencies Announced

Jin Hi Kim and Peter Van Zandt Lane have been awarded the second annual Composers Now Creative Residencies. Each artist will receives a week’s stay at the Pocantico Center, the conference and cultural center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in Tarrytown, New York, to work on a project of her/his choosing.

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Frank J. Oteri

Hafez Modirzadeh: Crossing The Bridge

There’s a transformation happening in improvised music involving the embrace of a greater intervallic palette. Bay Area-based composer, saxophonist, and musical theorist Hafez Modirzadeh has been one of the key architects of this sonic expansion.

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NewMusicBox Staff

2015 Doris Duke Impact Awards Announced

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the second round of recipients of the Doris Duke Impact Awards.

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NewMusicBox Staff

In the Darkness: The Glowing Sound of a Wild Rumpus

Video Premiere: Nick Vasallo’s The Moment Before Death Stretches on Forever, Like an Ocean of Time…

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Aaron Holloway-Nahum

Curation is Not a Form of Marketing

Nobody has a fulfilling experience if the music is asking for something the venue cannot provide, nor if a venue is calling out for new types of performance while we insist on the conventions of the concert hall.

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NewMusicBox Staff

Jazz Pioneer Ornette Coleman Dies at 85

The New York Times has reported that alto saxophonist and composer Ornette Coleman died this morning in Manhattan due to cardiac arrest.

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Advice from Strangers: A Path to Collaboration

I asked 30 technologists and new music practitioners how they work together with others. Here is their advice.

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Matt Mendez

No Strings Attached: A Prism on the Saxophone Quartet

With over 200 commissions and many times that number of premieres to its credit, PRISM has presided over what future music history textbooks might just look back on as a golden era for the sax quartet medium.

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Aaron Holloway-Nahum

New Music Needs Curators

In the world of new music, curating is mostly a word we’ve usurped for use in funding applications and marketing materials. We use it because it sounds better to say someone (or a number of someones) “curated” a concert rather than “chose the pieces we’ll play.” But this is a myopic view of what curation can be.

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Matt Walker

Let Them Eat Non-Perishables: How ALIAS thrives by giving all its proceeds away

Can an ensemble thrive by giving away everything it earns? For more than a decade, Nashville’s ALIAS ensemble has, earning community capital and Grammy nominations along the way.

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Frank J. Oteri

Melinda Wagner: It’s Just Who I Am

Although most of the music she composes is completely abstract, Melinda Wagner still always crafts her music intuitively and in such a way that it reflects her personality.

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Advice from Strangers: A Trust Recipe

Have you created a brand that people trust without hesitation, return to again and again? Trust is the superpower that bequeaths upon us endless leaps of faith. How do we get it?

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Dale Trumbore

Why I'm Not Getting a Doctorate

When she graduated with her master’s degree, Dale Trumbore give herself three years to try composing as a full-on career before considering any more schooling. She hasn’t returned to the classroom yet.

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Frank J. Oteri

Celebrating New Music Awards Week

Details on award recipients in the 63rd BMI Student Composer Awards, the 16th ASCAP Concert Music Awards, and the 75th American Academy of Arts and Letters Ceremonial.

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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.