19
Dec

Financial Planning For Musicians: 6 Steps to Financial Security

Financial Planning For Musicians

Now that you have worked on your financial literacy chops (see: How To Take Charge Of Your Finances As A Musician), let’s put this information together and make a financial plan. This is a key stop that takes the amorphous concept of “How can I make a living as a musician?” and breaks it down into manageable action steps. Not only is this doable but it is also empowering since it helps you to use the mindset and skill set of a business owner to plan out a sustainable career.

So let’s take a look at the process in greater detail.

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18
Dec

5 Questions to Daniel Felsenfeld (The New Music Gathering)

Composers Mary Kouyoumdjian, Daniel Felsenfeld, Matt Marks, and Lainie Fefferman are the organizing forces behind The New Music Gathering, a first-of-its-kind event for practitioners and lovers of contemporary music to be held at San Francisco Conservatory of Music, January 15-17, 2015. Danny Felsenfeld took time out from the flurry of final event preparations to give us the lowdown on this exciting new happening. 

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There’s a growing buzz about The New Music Gathering coming up in San Francisco next month. What’s it all about?

The New Music Gathering is a new kind of hybrid event. At its heart it is best described as a conference, in the sense that it will be a place where people who write, produce, perform, and promote “contemporary concert music” (for lack of a better term) can meet and discuss those matters in like-minded company. There will be presentations and lectures, as well as concerts and demonstrations. We’ll also have some innovative sessions—composer-performer “speed dating” and something we are calling the “therapy room,” wherein people can consult industry experts about specific challenges they are facing. And there will definitely be some after-hours surprises.

One of the most important things about The New Music Gathering is that there is no dominant style or aesthetic that we are seeking to promote.  All are welcome, whatever kind of music you write or play or enjoy, however old (or young) you are, whatever your role in the music world at-large may be.

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17
Dec

ECM+ Presents Generation2014 in Ottawa

The evening of Tuesday, November 18 at the Ottawa National Arts Centre’s 4th Stage marked the eighth and penultimate stop for Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (ECM+)’s eighth Canadian tour: Generation2014. Celebrating twenty years, a 140-page complementary volume was included as a memento, packed with program notes, biographical details, and score excerpts. The ensemble, whose mission is to help develop the craft of young Canadian composers, has reached a milestone in its history – and they are as lively as ever.

ECM+ - Photo Laurent Castellucci

ECM+ – Photo Laurent Castellucci

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16
Dec

Vicky Chow/Tristan Perich: Surface Image

Tristan Perich/Vicky Chow: Surface Image

Tristan Perich/Vicky Chow: Surface Image

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) is a $140 million construction perched atop a hillside within the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. The Music Curator at EMPAC, Argeo Ascani, himself a musician, is likely to extol the facilities at his disposal, which includes access to some of the most acoustically pristine spaces in the world, as well as a team of recording engineers and technicians who are able to realize the full sonic potential of such spaces. There are few locations, it would seem, that would be more suitable to record logistically complex musical material. Surface Image, a new composition for solo piano and 40-channel 1-bit electronics by composer-programmer turned programmer-composer Tristan Perich, is the ideal piece to be realized in such a nest of state-of-the-art creative incubation. It represents the largest scale work of its kind in Perich’s compositional output, and its raison d’être is pianist Vicky Chow, without whom the piece would not exist, as she is both the life-blood of its living performance, and the the person who commissioned it. Together with Argeo Ascani, who also produced this recording of Surface Image, a minimalist tesseract comes to life in a stellar digital release from New Amsterdam Records.

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15
Dec

This week: concerts in New York (December 15 – December 21, 2014)

Blood Makes Noise | Holly Herndon

Holly Herndon (photo credit: Suzy Poling)

Holly Herndon (photo credit: Suzy Poling)

Holly Herndon presents two special evening concerts in the Guggenheim Museum’s Tower Gallery Level 5. Performing in collaboration with guest dancers and vocalists, the concerts highlight musical works written for a multichannel ambisonic speaker system, creating a uniquely immersive audience experience.
Monday, December 15 at 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM
Tickets $25, $20 members
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY
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Preformances with Allison Charney

Featuring the world premiere of a new setting of Kim D. Sherman’s Prairie Diaries for soprano, cello and piano, Chopin’s B-Minor Sonata and Barcarolle, and Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz.
Monday, December 15 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 members, $5 seniors
The JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY
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World Interpretations | Ensemble Pi

Laura Kaminsky

Laura Kaminsky

For their annual Peace Project’s ninth installment, music collective Ensemble Pi performs new commissions and other works, which examine the relationship of language, truth and politics – and how words change meaning when used in contexts different than the ones intended. The program will feature world premieres by Laura Kaminsky and Susan Botti, followed by the music of Jason Eckart, Byrant Kong, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $20
SubCulture, 45 Bleecker Street, Downstairs, New York, NY
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Master-Pieces | S.E.M. Ensemble

The S.E.M. Ensemble premieres the American/Czech composer Petr Kotik’s Master-Pieces (2014). The staged, 60-minute chamber opera features a libretto by Kotik, based on writings by Gertrud Stein and adapted to the stage by director Michael Rau.
Wednesday, December 17 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $15, $10 students/seniors
Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, New York, NY
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