Music

Long-lost BSU festival of new music posts… (1)

Trying to write about an event that you’re working always turns out hard for me. Rather than let the event pass with only one measly post, I’m going for a post-post-mortem review or two. Friday night’s concert might have been the most whiplash-inducing mix of styles I ever experienced. It certainly encourages some thought about […]

Frederic Rzewski in the NY Times

In advance of two concerts, the New York Times has an article on Frederic Rzewski. It’s an interesting piece.  Rzewski, known for composing a number of pieces with strong left political references, completely downplays political ideology. While his political beliefs come through clearly in the body of his work, he understands that classical music isn’t […]

Ball State University Festival of New Music, intro

The 38th annual Festival of New Music is underway, with guest composer Thomas Wells giving a talk to our composition seminar yesterday. Wells is particularly interested in pedagogical and historical aspects of composition, and provided some fascinating history about his student days at the University of Texas, Austin. I might be more interested in this […]

Elliott Carter/Phil Lesh interview available

Counterstream radio has placed a streaming link to its interview with Elliott Carter and Phil Lesh, which I mentioned in a previous post. Counterstream is a wonderful online radio station for contemporary American music, mixing heavyweights and newcomers in equal measure. It also has a number of interviews available for streaming.  It’s “ON DEMAND” series […]

Interesting radio interviews upcoming

Announcements for two interesting radio programs just crossed by inbox. On Friday, March 14th at 3pm (ET), Elliott Carter and Phil Lesh will be interviewed together on Counterstream radio, the online radio station of the American Music Center. On Sunday, March March 16 at noon PT (3pm ET), UCLA radio will feature experimental electronic(a) composer […]

BSU's 38th Festival of New Music

The Ball State University School of Music will hold it’s 38th Festival of New Music, March 20 – 22, 2008, featuring guest composer Thomas Wells, and guest performers Benjamin Sung and Jihye Chang. It’s a healthy dose of mostly regional new music, with a strong mix of acoustic and electronic offerings. More information, including a […]

Marin Alsop, Gender and Race Politics in Music

Alex Ross has written about Marin Alsop, Music Director of the Baltimore Symphony, in The New Yorker. The hire has been hailed as the first woman to conduct a major orchestra in the United States (with “major orchestra” meaning one that plays year-round). Alsop is a big supporter of new music. Ross writes that “in […]

It's Grammy Time, eighth blackbird style

The nominations for Grammy Awards were announced last week. While the classical category nominations get lost amid the pop hoopla, major kudos go out to eighth blackbird for their nomination for Best Chamber Music Performance! Their album, strange imaginary animals, was recorded at Ball State University in the summer of 2005. Two other people related […]