Liaisons: Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano

“To hear composers take my work and take it seriously… it’s a thrill.” – Stephen Sondheim Liaisons is a landmark commissioning and concert project, conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare, based on the songs of legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim. Both an homage and a celebration, Liaisons makes the case for Sondheim […]

The Passion of Stephen Sondheim

For years, the standard criticism of Stephen Sondheim went something like this: “Brilliant lyricist, music tends to sound similar.  Sondheim is a cerebral composer whose work rarely causes an emotional response from the audience.”  While I readily agree that he is a brilliant lyricist, arguably the best to have worked in musical theater, I would […]

Composer Profile: Sophie Lacaze

Website | Mezzo Compo Feature Unsubdued but attentive to musical trends and schools, French composer Sophie Lacaze has developed an original aesthetics that takes into account the current research on sound while looking to restore music its primary functions, i.e. ritual, incantation, dance, and its links with nature. Sophie Lacaze studied music at the Conservatoire National de […]

New Voice: Bernhard Philipp Eder

Website | Soundcloud | YouTube Bernhard Philipp Eder, born in 1984 and raised in Vienna, Austria, has devoted his life to the arts of music from a very early age, when he began taking piano lessons and visiting classical concerts.  At the age of 15, while studying at the Konservatorium Wien University and the Musikgymnasium Wien Neustiftgasse […]

New Voice: Matthew Ricketts

Matthew Ricketts describes a recent work ~ A recent work is Women Well Met (2013) for vocal sextet, premiered last November by the uncannily gifted Ekmeles Ensemble. The text (by Lauren J. Rogener) concerns different portraits and sculptures of women at the Metropolitan Museum, incidentally one of my favorite places here in New York City.   BIOGRAPHY […]

New voice: Alberto Arroyo

Invisibili, for 4 groups in one invisible space, one semi-invisible. BIOGRAPHY Born in 1989, Barcelona, Alberto Arroyo began his musical studies at Conservatorio Joaquin Turina in Madrid. Soon he entered a higher level class of harmony and analysis which awakened his interest in composition. In 2007 he traveled to Boston to begin lessons in orchestration, […]