Marti Epstein: more interested in the use of sounds as organizing musical materials than in melody or harmonic relationships

Marti Epstein (November 25, 1959) started studying composition in 1977 with Professor Robert Beadell at the University of Nebraska.  She has degrees from the University of Colorado and Boston University, and her principal teachers were Cecil Effinger, Charles Eakin, Joyce Mekeel, Bunita Marcus, and Bernard Rands.  Marti was a fellow in composition at the Tanglewood … Continue reading Marti Epstein: more interested in the use of sounds as organizing musical materials than in melody or harmonic relationships

Jeanne Artemis Strieder: Singing when it is not allowed to sing

Jeanne Artemis Strieder is a composer and artist. The purpose of her work is to create solace and compassion for the invisible suffering of the many and the few. The results are individual aural bodies that seek connection with those who experience darkness. The origins for her musical mind were found by her at an … Continue reading Jeanne Artemis Strieder: Singing when it is not allowed to sing

Hannah Lash: re-imagining traditional material in highly personal and also non-specific ways

Hannah Lash was born in Alfred, New York, USA on November 22, 1981. She began her studies in music during early childhood, and continued to pursue music throughout her education. She obtained a bachelor's degree in composition from the Eastman School of Music in 2004, a performance degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music in … Continue reading Hannah Lash: re-imagining traditional material in highly personal and also non-specific ways

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

Marianna Liik : a sound world that is created by combining the acoustic and electronic means of expression

In 2017 Marianna Liik graduated Master’s studies in composition at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre with Helena Tulve and Margo Kõlar. She obtained there Bachelor’s degree in 2014 under the tutelage of Malle Maltis and Margo Kõlar. Liik has taken part in several masterclasses with Wim Henderickx, Fausto Sebastiani, Daniele Bravi, Bryan Christian, … Continue reading Marianna Liik : a sound world that is created by combining the acoustic and electronic means of expression

Irene Galindo Quero : working along the threshold of music and language

Irene Galindo Quero is a Spanish composer, born in Granada in 1985. Linguistics, literature and theories of perception have, from the beginning, played an important role in her work. She enjoys working along the threshold of music and language. Close observation of their common spaces often reveal the actual distances between these worlds. She studied … Continue reading Irene Galindo Quero : working along the threshold of music and language

Composer Profile : Kate Soper

Kate Soper is a composer, performer, and writer whose work explores the integration of drama and rhetoric into musical structure, the slippery continuums of expressivity, intelligibility and sense, and the wonderfully treacherous landscape of the human voice. She has been hailed by the Boston Globe as “a composer of trenchant, sometimes discomfiting, power” and praised … Continue reading Composer Profile : Kate Soper

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

Ann Southam : New soundings

November 25th of this year marked the fifth anniversary of the death of Ann Southam who died of lung cancer in 2010.  Although a trained composer, Southam was primarily an intuitive composer.  Her works, whether electronic or a 12-tone work for piano, testify to a searching spirit, one who wandered seemingly aimlessly but whose music exhibits a … Continue reading Ann Southam : New soundings

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