Founded 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 topics include Art and Technology.
What are we?
I CARE IF YOU LISTEN is a blog and a video platform:
- The blog came first (December 2010) and—with a team of 90+ contributors reporting from 7 countries—publishes content on a daily basis.
- In February 2015, we launched I CARE IF YOU LISTEN.tv, our user-generated video platform where anyone can submit their new music videos.
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…
Amanda Cook is an arts administrator in the greater Boston area with a background in flute performance. She joined the I CARE IF YOU LISTEN team in 2013 as a contributing writer and assumed the role of Associate Editor in 2015. As an advocate for contemporary music, Amanda is especially interested in providing a platform for historically marginalized and underrepresented artists.
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).
Social Media Coordinator
Julia Kuhlman is a saxophonist and musicologist who makes unnatural noises and writes outlandish things about them. She is currently based in West Virginia.
Sam Reising is a composer based in New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Music in music theory & composition from NYU Steinhardt, where he studied with with Ezequiel Viñao. Sam is also the Grantmaking and Social Media Manager for New Music USA, and offers his own take on marketing for small, nonprofit arts organizations on his blog.
Lauren Alfano-Ishida is a New York-based soprano, writer, and teacher. Currently, she works as a Production Manager and Dramaturg for the Hunter Opera Theater.
Kevin Baldwin is a saxophonist, composer, and collaborator with sound, currently based out of Seattle, WA.
Astrid Baumgardner is a lawyer, a lecturer, and a professional certified career coach.
Norman Cahn is a music student at UC Berkeley. He enjoys performing on the violin, and studying the historical significance of reused melodies.
Ruth Carver is a performer (mezzo-soprano), writer, and educator living in Denver, CO.
Jason Charney is a composer of (mostly) electroacoustic music and a graduate student at Bowling Green State University.
Don Clark is a classical music enthusiast, free lance concert reviewer, and blogger.
Danny Clay is a composer and general noise-maker based in San Francisco, California.
Thea Derks is a Dutch music journalist, specializing in contemporary music. She’s recently finished a biography of Reinbert de Leeuw.
Maurice Du Berger discovers folk music of the Balkans in 2004. Since this revelation, he is actively composing and participating in numerous musicals projects.
Arlene and Larry Dunn are pure amateurs of contemporary music based in Oberlin, Ohio.
Gavin Gamboa is a composer, pianist, and video artist based in Los Angeles.
Christian Gentry is a composer, professor, sound collector, and writer in the Boston area.
Jarrett Goodchild is a composer, conductor, and percussionist based in western North Carolina.
Kurt Gottschalk is a writer, journalist and broadcaster based in New York City.
Aaron Holloway-Nahum is a composer, conductor, recording engineer, and graphic designer living and working in London.
Colin Holter is a composer, collaborator, administrator, and occasional writer on music based in Cleveland.
Megan Ihnen is a mezzo-soprano on a mission to change the world through the commissioning, performance, and proliferation of new music.
Jacob Kopcienski is a saxophonist and musicologist specializing in the performance and research of contemporary music.
Christian Kriegeskotte is a composer, writer and eccentric currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
Daniel J. Kushner is an arts journalist and opera librettist who swoons anytime he hears the phrase “creative collaboration.”
Joanne Lam, currently the writer and producer of a cross-media arts project called INVERSES, is also a classically trained cellist.
Rebecca Lentjes is an assistant editor at RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, independent writer/scholar, and amateur pianist.
Kathleen McGowan writes and plays her trombones in Kansas City, MO. Her interests include chamber music, books, and local coffee culture.
Lana Norris is a pianist turned wordsmith, new music enthusiast, and resident of Harlem, New York.
Angelina Panozzo: Jack of all music trades, master of Netflix and video games. Composer, soprano, journalist.
Curtis Perry is a composer, educator, non-profit music organizer at onmc.info, and a grad student at carleton.ca/music.
Justin Rito is a composer, pianist, theorist, and new music enthusiast from suburban Detroit.
Bruce A. Russell (aka El Mahboob) is a Toronto-based composer, pianist, father of three. Bruce also wrote for Musicworks.
Aaron Wolff plays cello, eats grapefruit, and ruminates about all things musical. He lives in New York.