About

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN - The BlogFounded in December 2010 by Thomas Deneuville, I CARE IF YOU LISTEN was born from the desire to talk about Contemporary Classical Music—or New Music—in lay terms. Other interdisciplinary topics include Art and Technology.

What are we?

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN is both a blog and a magazine:

  • The blog came first (December 2010) and—with a team of 60+ contributors reporting from 7 countries—publishes content on a daily basis.
  • The magazine (available on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) was launched in June 2013 and offers ad-free, exclusive content. The app is free but the content is delivered on a bi-monthly basis to paying subscribers. For more information, visit: http://www.icareifyoulisten.com/magazine.

Different content?

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN - The MagazineYes, as a result (and apart from rare article previews) the content from the magazine is different from the blog’s.

  • The blog focuses on the daily beat with shorter articles.
  • The magazine is the perfect medium for longer form articles (accessible offline) ranging from opinion posts, book reviews, and music tech topics.

Why the name?

The title is a reference to a famous article by American composer Milton Babbitt published in 1958 in High Fidelity: Who Cares if You Listen? Although this article is seen as the epitome of academic/serialist snobbery, its title was not the one that Babbitt intended (it was changed without his knowledge or consent before publication). The title of this blog is not directed at Mr. Babbitt, but more at the creative forces out there that tend to look down on their audience…

Founder/Editor-in-Chief


Thomas Deneuville was born in France and has a dual background: engineering and composition. Thomas’s former teachers include Shafer Mahoney, Eric Tanguy and Tristan Murail (composition), Franco Corelli (voice), and Geoffrey Burleson (piano). » Link to all the articles by Thomas

Current Contributors

» Nick’s articles Nick Arner is an Ohio-based musician and creative technologist and writes about the intersection between these two worlds. His interest in music technology has led him from the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada to the University of York for his Masters. He recently interned at the Emerging Audio Research group at Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen, Germany. Nick’s interests are in the creative application of technology, and the ways in which music can benefit human-computer interaction. He misses playing in his 90’s cover band, where he sang amazing harmony on No Doubt’s “Sunday Morning.”
» Richard’s articles Richard Barnard studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Birmingham University. He curates the Elektrostatic new music series and is a guest composition lecturer at Bristol University. Recent commissions include a dance score for National Dance Company Wales and a full-length opera for Welsh National Opera. Richard designs and leads education projects with major international musicians including Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Eighth Blackbird and London Sinfonietta.
Steven Berryman » Steven’s articles Steven Berryman is a composer and teacher, currently the Assistant Director of Music at North London Collegiate School and teaches composition and supporting studies at the Junior Department of the Royal Academy of Music in addition to leading courses for teachers. He has studied at Cardiff University and Royal Holloway, University of London. His teachers have included Anthony Powers, Philip Cashian, Simon Holt, Judith Weir and Arlene Sierra. Notable performances of his work include his String Quartet by the Elysian Quartet (Dartington International Summer School 2005) and a commission by the South West Music School, “Wandered Mind” for nine players (October 2010). Steven’s orchestral piece ‘Cypher’ (2010) was selected by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales for performance in their Welsh Composers Showcase in 2011, and recent work has included incidental music for two plays, including Jamie Zubairi’s one man show ‘Unbroken Line’ (2012) and ‘Corpo: Lixa da Alma’ performed in Rio de Janiero, Brazil (2012). New Voices @ CUA (Washington, DC) selected Steven’s ‘Versa Est in Luctum’ for performance in their 2013 festival.  
Anya-Brodrick» Anya’s articles Anya Brodrick is a recent graduate from the GSLIS program at Simmons College in Boston, MA. When not shelving books, Anya dreams of being an orchestral librarian and playing the horn once more. She earned a B.A. in horn performance and English literature from the University of Vermont. She is excited and honored to be a Tanglewood Fellow this summer.
» Evan’s articles Evan Burke is a bassist and composer living in Brooklyn. Born into a musical family, Evan has been writing and performing music in New York since an early age, from performing at the Amato Opera as a child, to touring with prog-rock and doom-metal bands as a teenager, to scoring independent films and video games today.
Norman Cahn » Norman’s articles Norman Cahn is currently studying music at UC Berkeley, performing on the violin. Norman has performed with such ensembles as the University Baroque Ensemble, and has freelanced as an experimental, improvisational violinist for bands in Berkeley. Norman’s studies have delved into the origins of “tune families” and their continued use and evolution in compositions over the centuries.
Ruth-Carver-125x125 » Ruth’s articles Opera singer Ruth L. Carver is a committed performing artist and passionate about sharing her love of classical music of all genres with audiences and readers. She has appeared throughout the US in a variety of operas, concerts, and chamber music, and is based in Denver, Colorado. With degrees from Vassar College, Peabody Conservatory and the University of Missouri Kansas City, she brings keen awareness to her writing, teaching, and singing.
Jason Charney » Jason’s articles Jason Charney is a composer of (mostly) electroacoustic music and a graduate student at Bowling Green State University.
Danny Clay » Danny’s articles Danny Clay is a composer and general noise-maker from Ohio, drawing upon elements of Americana, genealogy, art education, children’s theater, digital media and everything in between to make music (and sometimes other odds and ends) for himself and the people around him, whether it be writing for the concert hall, recording tunes in his basement, or collaborating with other artists – young and old alike.
» Don’s articles Don Clark enjoys both new and traditional classical music with a layman’s passion tinged with a solid education and an open ear. While a student of Labor Relations at the University of Illinois-Urbana, Don also studied music history with noted professors Alexander Ringer, Soulima Stravinsky and Bruno Nettl. Based in Kansas City, MO, he performs regularly as tenor solo and with community choral groups. Since 2005 Don has blogged concert reviews and writes a column for the Kansas City Symphony website.
Amanda Cook» Amanda’s articles Amanda Cook is a flutist, teacher, and emerging blogger living in Morgantown, WV and pursuing a DMA at West Virginia University. She serves on the faculty of the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary where she teaches music theory, flute, and chamber music. She completed her BM at George Mason University and her MM at Kent State University.
Thomas Dempster» Thomas’ articles Thomas Dempster is a composer and educator from Columbia, SC, where he writes for various local music and arts publications and serves as a professor at South Carolina State University.
Thea Derks - credit Christine Kempenaar » Thea’s articles Thea Derks studied English at Groningen University, and musicology at Amsterdam University. She graduated with honours in 1996 with the thesis Between Diapers and Dishes, on the question why music ensembles founded by women get less attention and opportunities than those started by men. She was singer/songwriter of the new-wave group Tess, gradually developing an interest in contemporary classical music. She lectured on modern music in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw from 2003-2012, gives pre-concert talks throughout the Netherlands, and is a reporter for Radio 4. Presentely she’s writing a biography on Reinbert de Leeuw, due for publication in 2013.
David Dies » David’s Articles David Dies’s chamber opera, Hills Like White Elephants, adapted from the short story by Ernest Hemingway, is part of several times this fall by the group, Anaphora, in Chicago and nearby areas. His bassoon concerto will be performed by seven first-rate bassoonists throughout the country during the 2013-2014 season. His solo CD, agevolmente, was released in June 2011 on the Albany label. He is a composer, music theorist and educator currently living in Wisconsin.
Larry-and-Arlene-Dunn-Portrait » Arlene & Larry’s articles Arlene and Larry Dunn bring a unique audience perspective to their writings as pure amateurs of contemporary music. They are avid followers of many ensembles, performers, and composers. They live in rural northern Indiana and spend their time gardening, traveling to arts events, and pursuing a life-long commitment to social justice activism. Arlene and Larry are frequent contributors to the International Contemporary Ensemble blog. Their personal blog is Acornometrics.
» Daniel’s articles After spending the last six years living between Poland, South East Asia and the UK, Daniel Emmerson has currently settled in London, where he juggles documentary filmmaking and music journalism with a day job in the City. A published novelist, he predominantly writes for TinyMixTapes, a website that liberates his unleashed passion for music in covering a range of artists, while working on his next book. Daniel’s major interests extend from an MA in International Relations, which he completed at the University of Wroclaw (2011), and a BA in Media Arts, where he studied sound art and composition under John Matthias at The University of Plymouth (2006). 
Daniel Garrick » Daniel’s articles Daniel Garrick is an emerging composer, active performer, writer and creative thinker; working and performing with a variety of different artists from the concert stage to the production studio. Born outside of Savannah, Georgia in 1988, Daniel was raised in Long Island, New York and attended Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. He now resides in Jersey City and works at Boosey & Hawkes publishing company in New York.
» Christian’s articles Christian Gentry, an Arizona native, writes music for a variety of instrumentation and genres including orchestra, choir, art song, chamber music, film, theater and electroacoustic music. As a music theorist his research centers on the music of György Kurtág, having recently completed his dissertation on selections from Kafka-Fragmente. He holds degrees from Brandeis University, University of Louisville, and University of Utah. He resides in Somerville, MA with his wife Laci, son Berkeley and dog McDuff.
jason-gerraughty-thumbnail » Jason’s articles J. M. Gerraughty is a composer and wannabe conductor writing bold, vibrant, and dramatic music. He is finishing a PhD at Stony Brook University, and living in Sydney, Australia.
Jarrett-Goodchild » Jarrett’s articles Jarrett Goodchild is a composer, conductor and percussionist living in western North Carolina. Recently earning graduate degrees from Central Michigan University, he currently works for Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra.
George Heathco » George’s articles George Heathco is a composer, electric guitarist, collaborator, and teacher that lives in Houston, Tx with his wife and daughter. In 2011, he received an M.M. in composition from the University of Houston, where he studied with Rob Smith and Robert Nelson. Mr. Heathco has composed music for Da Camera of Houston, Divergence Vocal Theater, and Scordatura Music Society. His compositions span a wide variety of genres and styles, and often pull from jazz, heavy metal, and Asian influences.
Aaron Holloway-Nahum » Aaron’s articles Aaron Holloway-Nahum (b.1983) is an American born composer currently based in London. Upcoming projects include The Deeper Breath to Follow, for the BBC Symphony Orchestra; How to Avoid Huge Ships, for New Dots; and Every Riven Thing, for the English Song Project at Aldeburgh. In addition to composition, Aaron is an experienced conductor of contemporary music, having given more than two-dozen premieres in London and is currently Artistic Director of The Riot Ensemble.
Marina Kifferstein » Marina’s articles NYC based violinist Marina Kifferstein is a full time member of TAK ensemble and the Nouveau Classical Project, and has performed with numerous organizations in the US and internationally including Bang on a Can and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra in Switzerland. Known particularly for her energy and precision in contemporary music, she has worked with a wide range of collaborators and composers including the JACK quartet and Pierre Boulez. Marina also teaches privately and runs a concert series in midtown called Vox Hebraica. She was a scholarship recipient at Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she received dual degrees in Violin and English, and was the recipient of a full scholarship for her MM in the Manhattan School of Music’s Contemporary Performance Program.
» Paul’s articles Paul Kilbey writes on music. His obsession with contemporary music began when at Cambridge Unversity, partly as a reaction against a slightly conservative music course, and he hasn’t looked back since then. Now based in London, Paul covers a wide range of events in and around contemporary music for sites including Culture Wars, Huffington Post UK and Bachtrack. He has also written for the Independent and Guardian newspapers. Paul’s enthusiasm for new music comes despite little personal interest in either performance or composition, and he writes in the belief that there might be other people like that too.
Adrianne Koteen » Adrianne’s articles Adrianne Koteen is a New York City based artist and educator whose interests lie in photography, music, cooperative art, technology, and new educational models for cross-cultural dialogue, storytelling, and civic engagement. Adrianne holds a MA in Arts Politics from Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, and a BA in Visual Arts and African American Studies from Oberlin College. Her experience includes working as a program director, editor and curator with several San Francisco Bay Area based non-profit organizations, as well as teaching her own digital photography and documentary storytelling workshops internationally.
Daniel Kushner» Daniel’s articles Daniel J. Kushner is a Buffalo-born arts journalist and music critic whose work has been featured in such publications asOpera News, NewMusicBox, The Huffington Post, Symphony, and The Buffalo News. Daniel’s writings often focus on the contemporary classical music scene, as well as non-classical music and visual art.  He trained as a tenor during his undergraduate studies, and he completed his M.A. at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.  Daniel is also an opera librettist,  having co-created The Fox and the Pomegranate­—a new allegory, in two acts, about the multifaceted nature of love and the ambiguities of infidelity–with Brooklyn-based composer Matt Frey.  The opera will be featured at Fort Worth Opera in May 2013 as part of its inaugural Frontiers showcase.
Joanne-Lam» Joanne’s articles Joanne Lam is a 23 year old Canadian born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver. She graduated from McGill University in May 2011 with an undergraduate degree in Cultural and Communication Studies, and subsequently went on to study digital media for one year in Sweden. She is particularly keen on exploring the intersection between sound, cultural undercurrents and storytelling which, in essence, is why music appeals to her on so many different levels. Joanne is also an artist and a classically trained musician with an unhealthy bias towards the cello, though she secretly wishes that she was badass enough to play the double bass.
Shannon_Langman» Shannon’s articles Shannon Langman is a photographer, mezzosporano, and educator based in Houston, Texas. As a Headshot and Promotion photographer, she works with musicians to evoke their artist image and persona in front of the lens, consults for genuine representative online presence, and captures the image of the classical music world in and around Houston at concerts and events. As a performer, she has performed new works with companies including Opera Vista, premiering The Silent Prince as Queen Chandra Devi, at The Hobby Center, along with her collaborations with other companies and as resident artist across the U.S., she received her Master’s of Music in Opera Performance from The Moores School of Music at The University of Houston. 
R. Andrew Lee » Andrew’s articles Dr. R. Andrew Lee is an avid performer of minimalist and postminimalist piano music and is actively involved in the research of these genres. Based in Denver, he teaches at Regis University and records for Irritable Hedgehog Music. Lee received his DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and was most recently Artist-in-Residence at Avila University. Watch his growing collection of videos on YouTube.
Matthew-Mendez » Matt’s articles Matt Mendez is a graduate of Harvard University, where he studied music and musicology. He also has masters degrees from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and the University of Edinburgh. Matt is a musicologist, and has published scholarly articles on John Cage, Joseph Beuys, and Peter Ablinger. He is likewise active as a critic and occasional program note annotator. In November 2013 he was selected as one of the four music journalist participants for Carnegie Hall’s annual training workshop for new music professionals, led by David Lang.
» Paul’s articles H. Paul Moon is a filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. Under the moniker Zen Violence Films, he profiles performing and visual artists who span boundaries from classical arts to new media technologies. He also creates experimental films in the tradition of wordless environmental cinema. Moon’s award-winning films range from the experimental short El Toro, to the documentary R. Luke DuBois: Running Out of Time. He has created lyrical short films with composers Jordan Kuspa and DuBois, and is currently finishing a feature-length documentary about Samuel Barber.
» David’s articles David Pearson is a saxophonist residing in NYC. As a performer, his focus is on modern and contemporary classical music, with an insistence that musical innovation and technique be combined with emotional impact and communication with the audience. He is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at CUNY Graduate Center and holds an MA in music history and performance and a B. Mus. from Hunter College. Outside of the (often insulated) world of academia and classical music, David can be seen performing with hardcore-punk and afro-beat bands and other sounds that get people moving and thinking.
Xenia Pestova » Xenia’s articles Pianist Xenia Pestova has appeared at festivals including Archipel (Geneva), Musica (Strasbourg), Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, Rainy Days (Luxembourg), Royaumont (France), Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music (Belfast) and Spark Festival of Electronic Music and Arts (Minneapolis). She has a duo with Amsterdam-based pianist Pascal Meyer, widely praised in the international press for their recent recording of Stockhausen’s “Mantra” for Naxos Records. She is currently the Head of Performance at the Bangor University School of Music in North Wales. (Portrait credit: Veronika von Volkova)
» Neil’s articles Neil Prufer is a composer and pianist living in New York City, where he was born and raised. After graduating from New York University in 2000 with a BA in music theory and history, he got quite sidetracked with a career in medicine, which still takes up much of his time. He has also studied briefly at Berklee in Boston and at Juilliard in New York. He is currently studying composition under Preston Stahly.
Sam Reising » Sam’s articles Passionate about writing music for both the concert hall and film, Sam Reising finds his time divided equally between the two. He collaborates frequently with NYC based directors and musicians and has a style deeply influenced by both film and concert music. Sam’s music has been performed by Fear No Music, the NYU Percussion Ensemble, the NYU Players Club, and the Grant High School Royal Blues. He is currently pursuing his undergraduate degree in music composition at New York University.
Justin Rito » Justin’s articles Justin Rito grew up in suburban Detroit, which is as vapid a place as the name suggests. He recently graduated from Central Michigan University where he studied composition with David Gillingham and Jay Batzner and founded the Contemporary Music Ensemble. Justin also recently founded a chamber duo called “oldNews,” which will begin performing in the spring of 2013. In whatever free time he can find, Justin enjoys running around his home of London, Ontario, reading anything by Kurt Vonnegut, and drinking any beer made by Founders.
» Bruce’s articles Bruce A. Russell aka El Mahboob is a composer and self-taught pianist. He studied at York University with James Tenney and Phillip Werren. He has composed music for the Madawaska String Quartet, McMaster Dancers and Modern Times Stage Company. He was host of Radio Music Gallery, and has written for Musicworks. His interests are in postminimalism, music of the African diaspora, and the intersections of technology, media and popular culture. Bruce works in the financial industry in Toronto, where he lives with his wife and children.
Caitlin Smith » Caitlin’s articles Caitlin Smith is a Canadian composer living in Vienna. After completing a BMus in Jazz Studies from Humber College in Toronto, she studied composition in New York on a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. Since 2005, she has led the 20-piece Tiny Alligator Large Band in Toronto, composing, conducting and producing concerts. She has served as a producer on several jazz orchestra albums (Darcy Argue, Daniel Jamieson). In 2012, she was in residence at the Banff Centre for the Arts and the MacDowell Artist Colony.
Jennifer Stock» Jennifer’s articles Jennifer Stock is an interdisciplinary artist and educator living in Brooklyn, NY.  Her site-specific installation Water Studies, Brattleboro, will be on view at the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center from March 15th to May 4th, 2014.
Gwen Taylor» Gwen’s articles Gwen Taylor is a British Stage Manager and Blogger. Graduating with a first-class degree in Music from the University of Birmingham, Gwen went on to study Stage Management at RWCMD in Cardiff. She is a freelance Opera Stage Manager, involved predominantly with the production of new works.
Andrew Tham » Andrew’s articles Andrew Tham is a composer and blogger currently living in Chicago. A recent Music and English double major from Cornell College, he spends most of his time between the new music and literary scenes of the city. He works for Access Contemporary Music, a nonprofit dedicated to serving composers and music education. He also writes for the blog An Ear Alone.
» Kelsey’s articles Kelsey Walsh is a native of Pescadero, CA, who currently resides in San Francisco. She holds a degree in piano performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she spent time as a co-director of the school’s second annual Hot Air Music Festival. Kelsey has had a passion for new music since she first encountered Henry Cowell’s piano music the summer she turned 13, and is currently keyboardist and co-director of the After Everything ensemble (AfterEverything.com).
» Matt’s articles Matt Weber, born in 1981 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, started composing in the year 2000 while a student at Simon’s Rock College of Bard with Professor Laurence Wallach. After transferring to Brown University, he became involved in the student-run Original Music Group there. He wrote many pieces for OMG’s concerts and eventually became OMG president. Despite majoring in two fields unrelated to music, Matt took many music classes, including counterpoint, orchestration, and modern music history with composition professor Gerald Shapiro. When Matt graduated, he became the only non-music major ever to earn the Brown Music Department’s Ron Nelson Award for Excellence in Composition. Later, during the 2006-7 academic year, he studied composition with David Del Tredici at City College of New York. Then, Matt enrolled in a Master’s program in Composition at Hunter College, which he completed in the spring of 2010. His composition teachers there were Shafer Mahoney (classical) and Ryan Keberle (jazz). Listen to his music at www.mattwebermusic.com.
» Dana’s articles Seattle-based pianist and software engineer Dana Wen writes about music, technology, and everything in between. Dana graduated from the University of Washington in 2008 with degrees in piano and computer science. Her work as a software engineer includes stints at Zillow.com and Medio Systems. She currently performs and teaches classical piano in the Seattle area. Dana also plays toy piano with Toy-Box Trio, performing new classical music with a whimsical twist. She is a regular contributor to Seattle news and culture blog The SunBreak, where she writes about new music and emerging artists.
» Rob’s articles Rob Wendt completed his Master’s degree in Music Education at Hunter College and his Bachelor’s degree in English Literature at Columbia University. He studies piano with Geoffrey Burleson and has performed classical piano repertoire at various NYC venues. Mr. Wendt has enjoyed working as a collaborative pianist with vocalists as well as chamber musicians, and is accompanist for the Hunter College evening choir. He has composed settings of modern poetry and works for orchestra and solo piano. 
justin-d-wright » Justin’s articles Justin D. Wright is a composer and producer in Brooklyn, NY where he writes music, plays center field, and nurtures the growth of his production company Robotic Raptor. He is six-foot two, polite, and generally mild mannered.

Past and Guest Contributors

Lauren Alfano » Lauren’s articles
Jeremy Howard Beck » Jeremy’s articles
Elizabeth Kennedy Bayer » Elizabeth’s articles
Elias Blumm » Elias’s articles
Evan Flath » Evan’s articles
David Gottlieb » David’s articles
Jay Greenberg » Jay’s articles
Sasha Jones » Sasha’s articles
Chris Ledwidge » Chris’ articles
Tai Livingston » Tai’s articles
Neal Markowski » Neal’s articles
Will Roane » Will’s articles
Forrest Wu » Forrest’s articles
Sam Zelitch » Sam’s articles