I’m sitting on a train en route to the Czech Republic just after treading numerous, long-haul carbon footprints on musical discovery trips between my Berlin home and Miami, New York City, Cape Town, and Johannesburg. Not unusual in my life since starting work on Classical:NEXT, an annual international art music professionals’ gathering, and these travels reinforce for me the importance of cross-cultural pollination.
ASCAP Foundation President Paul Williams today announced the recipients of the 2019 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.
Danielle Ferrari was a very lost graphic design major when she was accepted into the San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s groundbreaking Technology and Applied Composition program. But she found an educational gold mine that allowed her to learn everything she needed and more to be happy as a music creator.
Our recent talk with composer-trumpeter-raconteur-poet-community activist-force of nature Hannibal Lokumbe was a 45-minute roller coaster ride that was part testimonial, part reminiscence, part philosophical manifesto, and part performance art, but all pure emotion. Many questions were left unanswered and others just led to other questions for us, some of which we probably will never be able to answer.
Not only do many composers of new music have trouble finding an audience for their music, they–unlike writers and detectives–are rarely portrayed in novels. One notable exception is the 2014 novel Orfeo by Richard Powers, whose protagonist is a contemporary composer who inadvertently demonstrates how avant-garde music can reach “hundreds of thousands of listeners.”
People who want to attend artistic events exist in *all* kinds of bodies and have all kinds of needs. Wrapping up her four-part Introductory Course to Improving Autistic Accessibility in Music, Chrysanthe Tan shares pro-tips, concrete ways to take positive action, and sample scripts for a variety of music-related scenarios.
Rebecca Lentjes explores communication and metaphor in Robert Ashley’s opera “Improvement (Don Leaves Linda)” and how the work arrives at big ideas through a focus on particular microcosms of American life.
This week, Chrysanthe Tan opens up her “Autistic Accessibility in Music” series of columns to address reader-submitted questions, covering topics like sensory-friendly rooms, classroom techniques, wheelchair accessibility, stimming, and more!
With only a week to go until the kickoff of the 2019 edition of the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN (March 21-24), we’ve been digging through the NewMusicBox archives and revisiting the amazing conversations we’ve had with some of this year’s featured artists to get ready for what’s ahead.
The ASCAP Foundation has announced the 18 recipients and 4 honorable mentions of the 2019 Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards. The recipients, who receive cash awards, range in age from 11 to 29 and hail from five continents.
An organized, actionable reference guide to help you enact a permanent framework for autistic accessibility in your musical efforts.
There is no one way to make a living in music. But knowledge is power, so Adam Schumaker has recruited some amazing musicians who have generously agreed to openly discuss their finances and how they make it all work.
Seth Cluett takes NewMusicBox readers on a tour of his fascinating “Sounding Circuits: Audible Histories” exhibition now on display at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. It features rare objects, artifacts, and recordings from the early history of electronic music, plus an 8-channel Ambisonic Cube as its centerpiece.
Musicians, arts administrators, colleagues: It’s time we talk about autism.
Bright Sheng is concerned about directly moving audiences in whatever format or style he is working in and is passionate about sharing what led him to his aesthetic positions.
Our inclination to hear the human in the machine is far from new. Technology is as old as humanity. Perhaps we have always seen—and heard—ourselves in our tools.
Every identity comes with inherent biases, assumptions, and privileges to varying degrees. A helpful exercise is to take an identity and think of the immediate mental image that comes to mind when you invoke it. Let’s take “conductor.” Picture a conductor in your mind. What does this person look like? What are they doing? What are they wearing? Who is in the frame with them?
The Hammond Organ became an immediate success when it hit the market in April 1935 and had a major impact on the soundscape of both popular and religious musical life in the U.S. However, advertising that pitted the instrument against pipe organs stoked outrage among a small but well-organized community of pipe organ performers, designers, and manufacturers. A remarkable legal battle ensued…
Is the sudden widespread interest in Florence B.Price’s music a convenient fad or does it signal the potential for deeper structural changes over the long term?
For five days, choral leaders will meet in one place and be inspired by performances, attend interest sessions presented by teachers they admire, and forge new connections that—for the composers present—often lead to new commissioning projects and second and third performances of just-written works.
Years before Hollywood cemented the theremin’s association with the alien or otherworldly, critics heard different qualities in its sonority: emotional expressiveness and excessive sentimentality.
In addition to the acquisition of skills, there lies something more at hand—something in addition to the technical dexterities we need to practice and hone in order to produce our work to its fullest capacity. Since the classical age, the Greeks have been calling this missing ingredient “play” (paidia).
The Recording Academy handed out many other awards yesterday aside from the ones featured in the televised presentations during last night’s 61st Annual Grammy Awards ceremony. Here are some of the ones we are most excited about.
In order to guide us all toward a more perfect harmony in writing for the chorus, and because writing for the chorus is often neglected in the training of composers at academic institutions, I have put together a compilation of some of the most prevalent pitfalls that I have seen over and over again—even by some of today’s most reputable composers.