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Contemporary Classical Music

"Why Do You Give Two Beats?": Pierre Boulez Remembered -- By David Loebel

New England Conservatory | Posted 01.15.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

In the days since Pierre Boulez's death on January 5, innumerable tributes have hailed him as the dominant European composer and conductor of the post-war era. Not mentioned as often, however, is his role as an educator of musicians and audiences.

Sacred Music: The Holy Minimalists and James Primosch

Daniel Asia | Posted 08.26.2016 | Arts
Daniel Asia

From the beginning of human existence, art and music were part of the group or tribe. The people, or the cult, worked together to survive, and observed certain ceremonies and rites of passage. The rituals practiced were religious, as this was the over-arching way of approaching the mysteries of the cosmos and the mystery of human existence: birth, life, and death.

New Artist Reviews: Sonic Fear

Morena Duwe | Posted 05.08.2016 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

In addition to being a classical-composing, electronic-music-producer, Reifsteck has recently launched his own record label, Teknofonic Recordings. Horizon will debut on Teknofonic Recordings as the label's first release.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: George Rochberg

Daniel Asia | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I was occasionally in the presence of the wonderful photographer Irving Penn in the 80's. I will never forget a simple statement he made then, "I keep getting better the older I get because I do learn more as I go along."

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: Lerdahl String Quartets, 1-3

Daniel Asia | Posted 02.25.2015 | Arts
Daniel Asia

There is a pedagogic nature to the writing, as the pieces teach you what they are about as they go along, and they are written in spiral form, whereby each successive phrase, and quartet, is an elaboration or development on the previous.

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: John Corigliano and David Del Tredici

Daniel Asia | Posted 09.06.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Why should one care if it is a lesbian or gay, as opposed to a straight man or woman who prefers coffee to tea, who writes a great work? In regards to how music qua music is to be evaluated it shouldn't, and doesn't, matter in the least.

Kettle Corn Pops at The DiMenna Center

Jack Meyer | Posted 08.04.2014 | New York
Jack Meyer

Pop on over to The DiMenna Center for Classical Music on June 14th to savor a sweet and salty mix of fresh and innovative New Music! Kettle Corn New M...

The Importance of Being Collaborative

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 07.01.2014 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

The established model of presenting new works to audiences is changing and the audiences are changing dramatically too. An entire generation of composers and performers are taking the presentation of their works into their own hands.

Joseph Erbentraut

These Game-Changing Ringtones Bring The Symphony To The Streets | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts

Think of it as public art -- except that it's on your phone. Thanks to an innovative new initiative from the Chicago-based contemporary classical ...


Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 11.16.2013 | Arts
Mohammed Fairouz

Al-Sham is a tribute to the people of Syria: a letter of love and solidarity. I am preparing for the premiere of this new cello suite with a deep desire of peace for the Syrian people and with the hope that, in a year from now, we will not have another massacre that eclipses the killings of this year.

A Short Musing on Schuller's Musings

Daniel Asia | Posted 09.16.2013 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Schuller was instrumental in developing the genre of "third stream", a co-mingling of jazz and classical. He stated "I don't care what category music belongs to; I only care whether it is good or bad."

Carter Is Dead

Daniel Asia | Posted 06.25.2013 | Arts
Daniel Asia

Carter's death has brought about a number of hagiographic articles confirming his stature as one of the greatest American composers of the latter half of the 20th century. He finds approval and embraces from some of our finest conductors and performers.

Vital Signs: A Continuing Exploration of Classical Music

David J. Michael | Posted 05.25.2013 | Arts
David J. Michael

Sometime last December, I was sitting in the apartment I was renting from some Dominican friars in Sweden when I got an email from a friend in Brooklyn. He was working on a documentary. Something about how the classical music industry was in trouble.

The Anachronism of the Top 100 in Classical Music

Jura Margulis | Posted 04.01.2013 | Arts
Jura Margulis

What is a "contemporary interpretation"? What is currently our artistic tradition? What fertile ground do we offer for the flowers of music and art to blossom? How to overcome the anachronism of Art in the modern world?

Claudia Chan: Up-and-Coming New Music Pianist

Joel Garten | Posted 11.30.2012 | Arts
Joel Garten

Having studied piano at Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, Claudia Chan is continuing her piano studies in Cologne and traveling the world performing a repertoire of new music, with a particular interest in the work of composer Unsuk Chin.

SONiC Festival Interview #1: Alex Temple

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 12.11.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

The creative minds behind what is known as "contemporary classical music" are innumerable, and gaining perspective can be an overwhelming task for audiences.