Remembering Steven Stucky : Gentle yet powerful influence

“One kind of artist is always striving to annihilate the past,” composer Steven Stucky once wrote, “to make the world anew in each new work, and so to triumph over the dead weight of routine. I am the other kind . . . who only sees his way forward by standing on the shoulders of those who … Continue reading Remembering Steven Stucky : Gentle yet powerful influence

WAM : new recording of music by Michael Finnissy

Michael Finnissy was born in Tulse Hill, London in 1946 and studied at the Royal College of Music. He later studied in Italy with Roman Vlad. He went on to create the music department of the London School of Contemporary Dance, and has been associated as composer with many notable British dance companies. He has … Continue reading WAM : new recording of music by Michael Finnissy

Today is the birthday of Hans Abrahamsen and now playing is “Walden/Wald”

In a creative life of almost half a century, Hans Abrahamsen has more than once had the courage to stop, and the equal courage to start again – freshly, out of a clear reconsideration of where he was before. His allegiances are shown by the roll of composers whose works he has, as a master … Continue reading Today is the birthday of Hans Abrahamsen and now playing is “Walden/Wald”

Sheila Silver speaks a musical language of her own

Sheila Silver (born 1946) is an American composer. She was born in Seattle, Washington in 1946, she started her piano studies at the age of five. In 1968 she received Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Berkeley, and had her Ph.D from Brandeis University, Mass. in 1976. Her music is powerful and … Continue reading Sheila Silver speaks a musical language of her own

Dominique Vellard’s new take on Early Music

The major areas explored by Dominique Vellard in his musical career are rooted in his childhood experiences -as a choirboy at Notre-Dame de Versailles- that gave rise to his passionate love of Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, French composers of the seventeenth century and Bach organ music and chorales. Soon after completing his studies at the … Continue reading Dominique Vellard’s new take on Early Music

Osvaldo Golijov : Jewish-Argentinian Composer born #OnThisDay in 1960

Osvaldo Golijov grew up in an Eastern European Jewish household in La Plata, Argentina. Born to a piano teacher mother and physician father, Golijov was raised surrounded by classical chamber music, Jewish liturgical and klezmer music, and the new tango of Astor Piazzolla. After studying piano at the local conservatory and composition with Gerardo Gandini … Continue reading Osvaldo Golijov : Jewish-Argentinian Composer born #OnThisDay in 1960

Jürg Frey : extramusical inspiration for Grizzana

Jürg Frey was born in 1953 in Aarau, Switzerland.  Following his musical education at the Concervatoire de Musique de Genève, he turned to a career as a clarinetist, but his activities as composer soon began to dominate his activities. Frey developed his own language as a composer and sound artist with the creation of wide, … Continue reading Jürg Frey : extramusical inspiration for Grizzana

#ElliottCarter : String Trio (2011)

A German pre-Romantic philosopher, Johann Georg Hamman, held that the sense of music was given to man to make it possible to measure time. The composer Elliott Carter’s fame comes partly from a reconception of time in music that fits the world of today (although there are many other aspects of his music to enjoy). … Continue reading #ElliottCarter : String Trio (2011)

Latest from Francis Dhomont : … et autres utopies

  Utopian, these aural mirages surely are — not in the political sense of the Ideal City, but in the etymological sense of ou-topos: belonging to no specific location, except for imaginary territories; creatures of illusion and, in this case, sound. These aural “non-lieux,” these chimeras of perception, resulting from treatments and made from unlikely … Continue reading Latest from Francis Dhomont : … et autres utopies

Laura Karpman’s “Ask Your Mama” : a grand multitude of American voices

Laura Anne Karpman (born March 1, 1959, in Los Angeles) is an American composer, whose work has included scoring for film, television, video games, theater, and concert.  She has won four Emmy Awards for her work.  Karpman was trained at The Juilliard School, where she played jazz, and honed her skills scatting in bars. Karpman … Continue reading Laura Karpman’s “Ask Your Mama” : a grand multitude of American voices