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Molly Sheridan

Erik Friedlander: Stories Without Words

“It’s not your skill level, it’s how much you communicate,” cellist Erik Friedlander advises. “It’s how much you express that the audience really wants to hear. They come to hear you be real.”

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New Music USA

Attend NewMusicBox LIVE on May 19

Matana Roberts, Joan Tower, and Gabriel Kahane will share stories and music at this free event in New York City.

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Frank J. Oteri

Julia Wolfe Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music

Julia Wolfe has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music for the oratorio Anthracite Fields which premiered on April 26, 2014 in Philadelphia in a performance by the Bang on a Can All-Stars and the Mendelssohn Club Chorus.

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NewMusicBox Staff

2015-2016 Rome Prize Recipients Announced

Composers Christopher Cerrone and Nina C. Young—along with 29 other artists and scholars—will be provided with a fellowship that includes a stipend, a study or studio, and room and board for a period of six months to two years in Rome.

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Frank J. Oteri

Julia Wolfe Wins 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music

[UPDATED APRIL 21, 2015] Anthracite Fields by Julia Wolfe has been awarded the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Music. The work (which was commissioned through Meet the Composer’s Commissioning Music/USA program and is published by Red Poppy Music/G. Schirmer, Inc. ASCAP) premiered on April 26, 2014 in Philadelphia in a performance by the Bang on a… Read more »

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Kevin Erickson

In It to Win It: Lessons from the Long Game

The music community is uniquely equipped with the kind of long-game thinking that it takes to make substantive policy changes. We have more power than we often imagine, even if it takes some time to see results.

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NewMusicBox Staff

OPERA American Awards $100,000 to 7 Female Composers

Discovery Grants aim to identify, support, and help develop the work of female composers writing for the operatic medium, raising their visibility and promoting awareness of their compositions.

NewMusicBox Staff

Four Composers Chosen for 2nd Berkeley Symphony EarShot Readings

This season, four composers will have a new symphonic work workshopped and read by Berkeley Symphony at the Osher Studio in Berkeley on May 2, 2015 at 3pm (the first public unveiling of the composers’ works in process) and on May 3, 2015 at 7pm (a run-through of the completed pieces).

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Trevor Gureckis

Lost in Translation

Unlike composing concert music, in film and advertising a composer is tasked with writing music the audience wants, but sometimes that audience has trouble parsing what it wants.

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NewMusicBox Staff

2015 Guggenheim Fellowship Awards Announced

The Guggenheim Foundation has awarded fellowships to 175 scholars, artists, and scientists–among them 11 composers.

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Sam Reising

The Opposite of Brain Candy—Decoding Black MIDI

“Black MIDI” refers to the moments in a piece where the notes, if displayed on a traditional two-stave piano score, are so dense that there appears to be just a mass of black noteheads. The increased density of notes also affects the computer, which is sometimes unable to process all of the notes within a particularly complex section. The goal of Black MIDI is to approach this processing failure without actually crossing that line.

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Linda Kernohan

Postcard from Pittsburgh: Contemporary Chamber Music Thrives in the Steel City

Pittsburgh has more going on in new music, and the arts in general, than you would expect for its size (around 300,000 people in the city, and 2.4 million in the metro area). This is due in part to a high density of universities with good music programs, but new music events aren’t confined to the academic year. When summer comes and many cities offer little in the way of classical music besides orchestral pops, Pittsburgh has more modern sounds than you can shake a 4th of July sparkler at.

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Trevor Gureckis

Right Place, Right Time

Even if it’s a composition that explores elements I find interesting outside of the commercial medium, I sometimes forget it happened. This constant push to be more and more productive makes your attachment to what you’ve written minimal.

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Rob Deemer

Musings on the Media

Composers and performers today look to the media (whatever they think that might be) as a conduit between their art and the general public. As digital media and social networks continue to evolve, both the proximity and the fixed boundaries between creators and the media have been affected.

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Kevin Erickson

Who Counts as an Expert?

This is an era that rewards simple explanations, yet telling the often-complex stories of how non-superstar musicians make work while making a living is more important than ever.

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Marcus McLaurine

Missing the Gig: Remembering Clark Terry (1920-2015)

To be a real leader, one must possess certain traits such as dignity, integrity, and a sense of fairness, all of which Clark Terry embodied. I personally feel blessed to have had the opportunity to be associated with Clark for more than 30 years.

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NewMusicBox Staff

2015 Class of Doris Duke Artists Announced

Twenty performing artists will each receive $275,000 in flexible, multi-year funding as an investment in and celebration of their ongoing contributions to the fields of contemporary dance, theater, and jazz.

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Trevor Gureckis

What Have YOU Been Up To?

While my friends and colleagues were pursuing projects in concert, dance, opera, and other artistic mediums, I was meeting music producers for new commercial opportunities.

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NewMusicBox Staff

ACO Announces Composers Chosen for Underwood Readings

Seven composers have been selected for the 2015 Underwood New Music Readings which will take place on Wednesday, May 6 and Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in New York City.

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Frank J. Oteri

Samuel Adler: Knowing What You’re Doing

At 87, Samuel Adler remains steadfast in his determination to preserve and build upon the Western classical tradition–as the composer of six symphonies, five operas, a dozen concertos, tons of sonatas, and ten string quartets (eight of which he still acknowledges), as well as a teacher for 63 years and the author of definitive tomes on orchestration, choral conducting, and sight singing.

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Ethan Hein

Jazz Remixes

Jazz is all about repurposing pop and folk material for new expressive ends, and the greats were remix artists before the term existed.

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NewMusicBox Staff

ASCAP Announces 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Award Winners

Selected from an application pool of more than 600 submissions, 28 young composers (plus an additional seven accorded honorable mention) will be recognized at the annual ASCAP Concert Music Awards at Merkin Concert Hall in New York on May 21, 2015. The award-winning composers share prizes of over $45,000.

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Tom Steenland

Remembering Tod Dockstader (1932-2015)

Tod Dockstader’s electronic music composition, for most of his life, was always an avocation, something he did part-time, outside of his day job, earning him little income. Being an outsider without academic credentials, Tod was denied grants and access to the major electronic music centers. Yet fans of his music included Federico Fellini, and Pete Townshend.

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Caitlin Schmid

There’s This Thing Happening: The New York Avant Garde Festival and Its Audience

Composers and performers who participated in experimental music festivals of the 1960s are relatively easy to find and talk to if you want to track them down. After all, many of them went on to established careers in the arts, and they have gigs and websites and email addresses. But audience members? People who just wandered in off the street? That’s a little more difficult. Where do you even start?

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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.