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Frank J. Oteri

Richard Einhorn: Yesterday Is Not Today

Richard Einhorn Editor Frank J. Oteri visits Richard Einhorn at his studio. New York City — Friday, August 10, 2001, 2:00 P.M. Interview Videotaped and Transcribed by Amanda MacBlane FRANK J. OTERI: I wanted to talk to you about what the past means in terms of how the present is affected by the past, so… Read more »

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Frank J. Oteri

Natasha Sinha: Top Ten!

Natasha Sinha Photo by Raj Sinha Natasha Sinha talks with Frank J. Oteri at the New York City offices of ASCAP May 24, 2001—11:30 a.m. Conversation videotaped by Jenny Undercofler Transcribed by Julia Lu   Natasha Sinha Interview Excerpt #1 FRANK J. OTERI: You’re involved with so many different kinds of activities, both composing music… Read more »

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Frank J. Oteri

Terry Riley: Obsessed and Passionate About All Music

Back in 2001, we met up with Terry Riley at the Wortham Theater Center in Houston, Texas, to talk about earliest musical experience, his first exposure to jazz, the “birth” of minimalism, his immersion in Indian music, his embrace of just intonation, his passion for composing string quartets, and many other things,

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Frank J. Oteri

Robert Ashley: You Can't Call It Anything Else But Opera

Robert Ashley at his home in New York City March 13, 2001, 1:00pm Transcribed by Julia Lu Filmed by Jenny Undercofler FRANK J. OTERI: I’ve been following your music for over 20 years and am a huge fan of your work which is often hard to describe to people who’ve never experienced it. It doesn’t… Read more »

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Frank J. Oteri

Joan Jeanrenaud: A Fourth Approach to Performing Music

Joan Jeanrenaud Photo by Marion Ettinger, courtesy New Albion Records Joan Jeanrenaud talks with NewMusicBox editor Frank J. Oteri at her home in San Francisco, CA, about her unusual post-Kronos career Friday, November 9, 2000 Transcribed by Lisa Kang The Role of the Performer A Fourth Approach to Performing Music: Excerpt #01 FRANK J. OTERI:… Read more »

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Frank J. Oteri

John Adams: In The Center Of American Music

John Adams Photo by Christine Alicino Courtesy Nonesuch Records Just three days after completing the score for El Niño, a 110-minute “Christmas oratorio” for soloists, chorus, and orchestra, John Adams invites NewMusicBox editor Frank J. Oteri to his home in Berkeley CA to talk about his newest work and how it fits in with his… Read more »

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Frank J. Oteri

Pauline Oliveros: Creating, Performing And Listening

Pauline Oliveros has been changing the way people create, perform, and listen to music for half a century. In the process she has also changed the way that she creates, performs, and listens.

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Frank J. Oteri

Carl Stone: Intellectual Property, Artistic License and Free Access to Information in the Age of Sample-Based Music and the Internet

California-based composer, radio host and computer music guru Carl Stone At the American Music Center October 17, 2000, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Filmed by Jenny Undercofler Transcribed by Lisa Kang Sections: Formative Experiences The 20th Century and Pre-Recorded Sound Intellectual Property Barbie Getting Sampled vs. Getting Plagiarized Free Downloadable Music Napster Home Taping, Trading… Read more »

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Frank J. Oteri

John Eaton: Involving Audiences in the Sweep of the Music

John Eaton Photo by Lloyd DeGrane, courtesy of The University of Chicago Chronicle August 3, 2000 – 1:00 to 3:30 pm John Eaton in conversation with Frank J. Oteri at The American Music Center Filmed by Jonathan Murphy and David Hughes Transcribed by Karyn Joaquino   John Eaton Interview Excerpt #1 FRANK J. OTERI: A… Read more »

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Frank J. Oteri

Gary Lucas: Ignoring Genre Divisions

Guitarist Gary Lucas has been one of the most in-demand in the realm of experimental rock for decades. Perhaps best known for his stint with Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band, Lucas was also the electric guitarist for the European premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. Lucas talks about Beefheart and Lenny as well as his numerous fascinating solo projects.

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NewMusicBox Staff

Lewis Spratlan: Beyond the Pulitzer Prize

Shortly after learning that Lewis Spratlan had won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Music for part of an opera that had been completed in 1978 but was only performed in a concert version this past year, we trekked up to Amherst to talk to him about it.

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Frank J. Oteri

AMPPR Board Members Talk About Radio

Members of the board of directors of the American Music Personnel in Public Radio–Outgoing President Beverley Ervine (WOSU-FM, Columbus OH), Chris Kohtz (WGUC-FM, Cincinnati OH), Boyce Lancaster (WOSU), Robert J. Lurtsema (WGBH-FM, Boston MA), Deanne Poulos (KBAQ-FM, Phoenix AZ), and Lois Reitzes (WABE-FM, Atlanta GA)–get grilled about broadcasting the music of American composers.

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Frank J. Oteri

Meredith Monk: Composer First

Although she is active as a vocalist, dancer, director, choreographer, and filmmaker, Meredith Monk explains that she considers herself first and foremost a composer.

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Frank J. Oteri

Elliott Carter: The Career of a Century

A few months after his 92nd birthday, Elliott Carter invited us into his home to talk about what was already his tenth decade immersed in the new music scene.

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NewMusicBox Staff

Publishing, Self-Publishing, and the Internet

A panel held during the Women’s Philharmonic‘s “Composing A Career” Symposium The New School for Social Research, NYC Saturday, November 6, 1999—2:30-3:30 p.m. Fran Richard : Vice President of Concert Music, ASCAP Ralph Jackson : Assistant Vice President, Classical Music Administration, BMI Linda Golding : President, Boosey & Hawkes Jennifer Higdon : Self-Published Composer Frank… Read more »

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Frank J. Oteri

The State of Music Publishing

Arnold Broido (Chairman and Past-President of Theodore Presser Company and Chairman of the International Confederation of Music Publishers) and his son, Tom Broido (Presser’s current President) describe the current state of music publishing and how that impacts the publication of new music.

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Frank J. Oteri

Don Byron: Sitting on the Fence

Composer and Clarinetist Don Byron continues to defy expectations with every album and concert appearance he is associated with–whether his departure point is jazz, klezmer, hip-hop, contemporary classical music, or some strange hybrid that is somehow both all and none of the above.

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NewMusicBox Staff

Paul Bowles meets with Ken Smith and Frank J. Oteri

Frank J. Oteri and Ken Smith with Paul Bowles Photo by Melissa Richard January 1, 1998 Tangier, Morocco KEN SMITH: I’d like to talk a bit about your life in New York, the days when you were writing for the New York Herald-Tribune. PAUL BOWLES: It was years… KEN SMITH: The years, then, that you… Read more »

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NewMusicBox Staff

An Arts Education Symposium

The legendary American educational philosopher Maxine Greene (b. 1917) met with Hollis Headrick (Executive Director, The Center for Arts Education), Polly Kahn (Director of Education, New York Philharmonic), Richard Kessler, and Frank J. Oteri to discuss the role new music could p[lay in arts education.

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Frank J. Oteri

A "Virtual Séance" with the Founders of the American Music Center

In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the American Music Center, the history of the AMC is here presented exclusively in the words of its six founders–Aaron Copland, Howard Hanson, Otto Luening, Quincy Porter, Marion Bauer, and Harrison Kerr–culled from archival interviews, books and letters and then shuffled and re-organized to emulate a conversation.

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Frank J. Oteri

The Philadelphia Orchestra at 100

To celebrate The Philadelphia Orchestra’s centenary on November 16, 2000, the artistic and management team of the orchestra decided to devote their entire 2000-2001 concert season exclusively to music composed since the orchestra was founded–that is to say the music of the 20th century.

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Frank J. Oteri

Tania León: What it Means to be an American Composer

Although raised in Cuba, Tania León was born into a family that had roots from all different parts of the globe. Since arriving in the United States, where she has been based since 1967, she has come to realize that her own multicultural heritage is what makes her a quintessentially American composer.

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Frank J. Oteri

The Ravinia Festival: A talk with Zarin Mehta

During his tenure as the President and CEO of The Ravinia Festival, Zarin Mehta (would would later become Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic), explained the delicate balancing act of presenting live music, a balancing act which is sometimes at odds with the presentation of new music.

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Frank J. Oteri

Foster Reed of New Albion Records

One of the original “indie-classical” labels, San Francisco-based New Albion Records defined the West Coast Sound and helped to launch the careers of John Adams, John Luther Adams, Ingram Marshall, Paul Dresher, Stephen Scott, Chen Yi, Sarah Cahill, David Tanenbaum, Margaret Lang Tan, and many others. New Albion’s founder Foster Reed explains the label’s philosophy.