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Contemporary Classical

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

Daniel Asia | Posted 12.26.2014 | 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.

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.

Uncovering the Mystery Behind Bryce Dessner's St. Carolyn by the Sea

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 06.07.2014 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

In a recent interview, Dessner spoke at length about writing orchestral music, the lesson that rock music teaches, and what ultimately attracts him to contemporary classical music over pop.

Experiments in Opera: Under Deconstruction

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 07.09.2012 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

This seemingly evasive conceit reflects a decidedly nuanced approach to the storied, well-trodden path that is Opera -- openly acknowledging more recent "experimental" precedents even while turning further back in operatic history for creative inspiration.

The Color and the Shape: Where the Brooklyn Youth Chorus Meets Sacred Harp

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.23.2012 | New York
Daniel J. Kushner

While the genres of punk and metal may seem like the unlikeliest of bedfellows for a musical tradition born out of religious practice, their common American music ancestry may help to explain Sacred Harp's cultural staying power.

Subversive Reverence: Timothy Andres Re-Imagines Mozart's "Coronation" Concerto

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.21.2012 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Composer and pianist Timothy Andres's take on the subject of demigods in art is far removed from conventional Romanticism: "We like to imagine that our artists have this kind of divine inspiration. I think if they say they do, they're probably having you on," says Andres.

Maya Beiser: Musical Cubism, Provenance, and the Creative Performer

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 01.01.2012 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

There is no doubt that cellist Maya Beiser is a dynamic performer. But her command is not limited to conventional concert stages.

SONiC Festival Interview (#5): Du Yun

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 12.20.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

I spoke with composer Du Yun, a founding member of the International Contemporary Ensemble who will present her work Vicissitudes Alone for guitar and electronics.

SONiC Snapshots: Oscar Bettison and Rebecca Stenn/Konrad Kaczmarek

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 12.19.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

I spoke with composer Oscar Bettison about his 65-minute opus O Death, excerpts of which will be performed on Wednesday as part of the SONiC Festival in New York.

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.

SONiC Festival Interview #2: Wang Lu

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

"This piece is different from the other pieces I wrote, a lot of them, because this is a very different aesthetic. This music about playing very few notes, but to really emphasize the subtlety between notes other than the orchestra piece maybe you heard."

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #4: Owen Pallett

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

On March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in New York City's Merkin Hall, Ecstatic Music Festival all-star Nadia Sirota joins two indie songwriters -- pianist Thomas Ba...

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #3: Gabriel Kahane

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

The Ecstatic Music Festival is now entering the home stretch. And while the festival hinges on the creation and performance of new works conceived wi...

Ecstatic Music Festival: The First Week in Review

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Note: Because the Ecstatic Music Festival is in large part meant to highlight brand new works that are born from collaboration between artists, for th...

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #2: Alarm Will Sound's Alan Pierson and Matt Marks

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

Two members of the contemporary music band Alarm Will Sound discuss the group's upcoming concert and the importance of composer Steve Reich.

Ecstatic Music Festival Interview #1: Jefferson Friedman

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

In a recent phone conversation, Jefferson Friedman and I discussed "record" versus "song cycle," composing on roofs, and New York's "Winter of Love."

WATCH: Best Under-The-Radar Music To See At The Ecstatic Music Festival

Daniel J. Kushner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel J. Kushner

With a staggering number of composers, singer-songwriters, and performers contributing their talents to the Ecstatic Music Festival in New York City-...