Rahilia Hasanova : bridging the two seemingly disparate worlds of Eastern and Western cultures

In the world of contemporary classical music, Rahilia Hasanova is known as a brilliant and prolific composer with a unique and powerful voice. The strength of her music is in bridging the two seemingly disparate worlds of Eastern and Western cultures. By combining the essence of her native (Azerbaijani) culture and traditional music that represents … Continue reading Rahilia Hasanova : bridging the two seemingly disparate worlds of Eastern and Western cultures

Ofer Pelz : unstable repetition

Ofer Pelz was born in Haifa (Israel) and lives in Montreal. His music explores the concept he defines as "unstable repetition" - repetitive fragments which always vary from repetition to repetition, all the while trying to keep a perceivable tension. Pelz composes music for diverse combinations of instruments and electroacoustic media, he is also an … Continue reading Ofer Pelz : unstable repetition

Alexander Schubert : combining different musical styles with contemporary classical concepts

Alexander Schubert (1979) studied bioinformatics and composition. Schubert’s interest explores cross-genre interfaces between acoustic and electronic music, combining different musical styles (like hardcore, free jazz, popular electronic music, techno) with contemporary classical concepts. Schubert has participated in his youth and early career in the above-mentioned genres both in groups and as a solo artist. Furthermore … Continue reading Alexander Schubert : combining different musical styles with contemporary classical concepts

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

Three Birthdays Today : Mississippi Fred McDowell; Jay McShann; Morton Feldman

When Mississippi Fred McDowell proclaimed on one of his last albums, "I do not play no rock & roll," it was less a boast by an aging musician swept aside by the big beat than a mere statement of fact. As a stylist and purveyor of the original Delta blues, he was superb, equal parts Charley … Continue reading Three Birthdays Today : Mississippi Fred McDowell; Jay McShann; Morton Feldman

Francis Poulenc : Born today in 1899

Today is the birthday of French composer Francis Jean Marcel Poulenc, born in 1899. Poulenc has always had a special place in my heart ever since I first heard his music my first year at music school.  Prior to my formal music studies my background had been in jazz and R&B.  While I had a … Continue reading Francis Poulenc : Born today in 1899

Silvestre Revueltas: Mexican composer and conductor born today in 1899

"The music evokes pre-Columbian landscapes and images with a cinematic grandeur, sweep and colorfulness that go beyond the merely picturesque. The suite reaches its climax (in more ways than one) in the fourth section, "Night of Sorcery," featuring no fewer than a dozen percussion instruments--drums, gourds, rasps, even a conch shell--leading a Mayan sacrificial dance. … Continue reading Silvestre Revueltas: Mexican composer and conductor born today in 1899