5
Dec

2014 New Music Holiday Gift Guide

2014 New Music Holiday Gift Guide

 

Are you freaking out? Your girlfriend is a composer and you never know what to get her? Your dad is a New Music connoisseur and you simply can’t get him another scarf this year? Here are a few ideas—for all budgets—to help you in your quest for the perfect musician gift. We hope you enjoy our 2014 New Music Holiday Gift Guide…

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4
Dec

5 Questions to Sally Whitwell (pianist, composer)

20 years in the making, Philip Glass’s complete Piano Etudes will be performed at BAM on December 5 and 6. We caught up with Sally Whitwell, Glass specialist and one of ten pianists on the bill, to find out more.

Sally Whitwell

Sally Whitwell

How has Philip Glass’ music changed you as a musician and a pianist? What do you think his legacy will be when it comes to piano music?

It was the opportunity to record some of Philip Glass’s earlier piano music that really changed me a lot. It forced me to think really carefully about how to shape the music, both at a micro and macro level, so that it has a genuine sense of drama. For me, Glass’s music is constantly evolving abstract narrative that speaks to the listener in a way they cannot describe verbally. It speaks so profoundly but only when it is shaped well.

The question of legacy is an interesting one. Before I played any of Glass’s music, I always viewed him as more of a theatre composer, opera and dance and so on. Perhaps it is the notion that a composer primarily engaged in theatre brings a dramatic shape to everything else to which they turn their hand? The constant influence of the theatrical surely has to have an effect of some kind, however subtle it may be.

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3
Dec

John Adams Kicks Off CONTACT! at SubCulture

It’s very likely that John Adams needed a strong adult beverage after the highs and lows of the Met’s recent run of The Death of Klinghoffer. Steeped in plaudits and tumult alike, the hubbub served as a  reminder that even America’s preeminent composer can both bask and bake in the spotlight. Thank goodness for SubCulture: The NoHo venue that offers craft beers and quartets gave Adams the opportunity to shift that spotlight onto some of his favorite music of the moment through CONTACT!, a co-Presentation of the New York Philharmonic and 92nd Street Y.

John Adams - Photo by Margaretta Mitchell

John Adams – Photo by Margaretta Mitchell

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2
Dec

Submit a Track For Our Winter 2015 Mixtape!

 

Submit a track for our Winter 2015 Mixtape

Do you have a track you’d like to share with our readers? Reach hundreds of New Music fans worldwide thanks to the Winter 2015 Mixtape—our 15th seasonal mixtape!

Take a minute to fill out this form. We will listen to every single piece and curate the next mixtape. We will stop accepting submissions on December 20.

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2
Dec

Exclusive Preview: Corey Dargel’s There’s Nothing There

Corey Dargel

Corey Dargel

If, like me, you’ve been into Corey Dargel‘s music for a long time, you might have been wondering what he was up to lately. Well, more music of course: OK It’s Not OK, his next album, will be out on New Amsterdam on January 27, 2015. You won’t have to wait that long, though, to hear his most recent material. We have a preview.

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