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French Composers’ Names – Jean-Claude Risset

Another composer in our French Composers’ Names series: Jean-Claude Risset. Well, composer and researcher. Risset came to composition after considering being a concert pianist (he studied with Robert Trimaille, himself a student of Alfred Cortot) but he also studied Physics in parallel, and graduated from the most prestigious science institutes in France. NBD.

Jean-Claude Risset

Jean-Claude Risset

Learn how to pronounce Risset’s name in French!


The Summer 2014 Mixtape is Out!

Summer 2014 Mixtape

It’s here! What’s in it?

The Summer 2014 Mixtape features some fantastic music from solo violin to a Barbara Streisand cover that you won’t forget, from a brass quartet to the best sound collage you’ll hear this year. And much more. In detail:

1. OCTET/Mellissa Hughes/William Susman – Scatter My Ashes (2:08)
2. Alejandro T. Acierto – Invocation (2:14)
3. Russell Podgorsek, Rachell Wong (violin) – Annachronism 1 (1:48)
4. Hans Tammen – Die Schrauber Wind Up (Bonn) (3:28)
5. Alarmist – Bunda Internacionale (4:56)
6. Kirsten Volness – River Rising (8:04)
7. StreisBAND – Piano Practicing (1:07)
8. Alex Temple – O Superfood (8:05)
9. Amy O – My Hand the Thief​ (4:16)
10. Lohit Petikam – Eleven-Twelve (6:23)
11. The Westerlies – Waltz From Woman Of Tokyo (3:29)
12. Girma Yifrashewa – The Shepherd With The Flute (6:48)
13. Robert Honstein – I know the feeling… (4:59)

Clickety-click on the button below to get it for free and let your friends know!


For more info about each artist, including links to their websites, BUY links, and social media profiles, visit the Summer 2014 Mixtape page.


MATA Premieres New York Walkscape

Walk With Me for iOS

Walk With Me for iOS

On Saturday, June 21, Make Music New York will present 1,300 free concerts in New York City. MATA will join the party through an iOS App. Walk With Me is “a complex of topographic compositions performed by means of a smartphone app, operating within and designed for predetermined environments.” Dutch composer duo Strijbos and Van Rijswijk will curate New York Walkscape, a musical experience that the public will discover as they explore Lower Manhattan through the app. The music will be a remix of recordings from the archives of MATA and the Gaudeamus Festival. Featured composers will include Jan Bas Bollen, Marita Bolles, Beavan Flanagan, Florent Ghys, Annie Gosfield, Hugi Gudmunsson, Jeff Herriott, Edward Hamel, Andrzej Kwiecinski, Cecilia Lopez, Ned McGowan, Filippo Perocco, Eric Roth, Benjamin Scheuer, and Andys Skordis.

To add more fun, MATA is organizing a scavenger hunt: Two composers and two performers will be present at a couple of secret locations—clues will be given on MATA’s Facebook page—at the following times:

  • 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm: MATA alumni composers Florent Ghys and Annie Gosfield will be present at the places their music is heard.
  • 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Ana Milosavljevic will play Missy Mazzoli’s Dissolve, O My Heart
  • 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm: Eileen Mack performs Aaron Helgeson‘s A Place Toward Other Places
Rehearsals in New York (2012) with ETHEL (behind laptop left: Jeroen Strijbos | right: Rob van Rijswijk)

Behind laptop, L-R: Jeroen Strijbos, Rob van Rijswijk

Be the first person to find all performances and both composers, and post photos using the hashtag #NYWALKSCAPE (on Twitter? Instagram? Facebook? Google+?) to receive a special recognition from MATA and a $100 cash prize.

Download the free App and give it a shot!



Our First Anniversary Issue is Out!

If you are a subscriber of I CARE IF YOU LISTEN Magazine, you’ve already gotten an alert on your iOS device. If you are not, you’ll be glad to hear that the Issue 7, our first anniversary issue, is out!

Our cover story is Jane Antonia Cornish (stunning photography by Axel Dupeux).

Issue 7

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Potential Energies: 5 questions to Sugar Vendil & Trevor Gureckis

On Thursday, May 29, 2014 (8pm), the Nouveau Classical Project is presenting the world premiere of Potential Energies, a ballet conceived and directed by NCP Artistic Director Sugar Vendil with choreographer Barbie Diewald and composer Trevor Gureckis. We asked 5 questions to Vendil and Gureckis about this new production.

NCP has been often hailed for leading the way in the fashion/classical music crossover. What inspired you to start working on a ballet now?

Sugar: I was actually inspired two years ago and it took that long to get it off the ground! Fashion is just one element of our concerts; it really just adds to the overall experience.

When I was brainstorming ideas for a new project two years ago, I wanted to do something that involved a true overlap of arts, not just two components existing in the same space. Music and dance came to me immediately. Musicians tend to move while they perform, and regardless of whether those movements are minimal, they are still there. So, musicians move, dancers move. I thought: how can this overlap and how can this have meaning?

Fashion was my starting point, but what I’m really obsessed with is creating experiences. Potential Energies is a culmination what we’ve built with NCP thus far. We have had a multidisciplinary bend since our inception, and now we’re pushing it further with a work that involves deep collaboration with dancers.

NCP rehearsing Potential Energies - Photo by Mickey Hoelscher

NCP rehearsing Potential Energies – Photo by Mickey Hoelscher

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