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).
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.
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.
Lauren Alfano-Ishida is a soprano specializing in contemporary music. She is the Director of Promotion for Schott Music New York and the Director of Music Programming at The Flea Theater in NYC.
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.
New York City-based American composer Stephanie Ann Boyd (b. 1990) writes melodic music about feminine subject matter for symphonic and chamber ensembles.
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.
Conductor and tenor Jeremiah Cawley is on the faculty of Western Kentucky University. He lives in Bowling Green, KY with his wife Crystal.
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.
Jill DeGroot is the flutist and founder of Noise Bias, an all-female contemporary ensemble and Co-Artistic Director/Editor of Cacophony Magazine.
Jay Derderian is a Portland Oregon-based composer and guitarist.
Thea Derks is a Dutch music journalist, specializing in contemporary music. She’s recently finished a biography of Reinbert de Leeuw.
Arlene and Larry Dunn are pure amateurs of contemporary music based in Oberlin, Ohio.
Anne H. Goldberg-Baldwin blurs the definitions of music and dance as a composer, choreographer, performer, and educator.
Jarrett Goodchild is a composer, conductor, and percussionist based in western North Carolina.
Jess Griggs is a recording engineer and producer who is on a mission to show that diversity is the future of new classical music.
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.
Alyssa Kayser-Hirsh is a writer, musician, educator, and maker of tiny pies, based in New York City. She currently works in Digital Content & Engagement at Carnegie Hall and manages the summer camp Sing This Summer.
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.
R. Andrew Lee is an avid performer of minimal piano music and records for Irritable Hedgehog Music.
Rebecca Lentjes is an assistant editor at RILM Abstracts of Music Literature, independent writer/scholar, and amateur pianist.
Dr. Brianna Matzke, NCTM, is a pianist based in Cincinnati. She serves on the faculty of Wilmington College, and is the artistic director of The Response Project, a commissioning initiative focused on new works for the piano. She holds degrees from the University of Kansas and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
James May is a composer, conductor, pianist, and dabbler in experimental performance finishing his M.M. at the University of Louisville.
Kathleen McGowan writes and plays her trombones in Kansas City, MO. Her interests include chamber music, books, and local coffee culture.
Tristan McKay is a contemporary pianist, multimedia artist, and PhD candidate at NYU.
Tracy is a musicologist, music journalist, and choral singer/lapsed soprano currently based in Nashville, TN.
Clare Monfredo is a cellist based in New York City, via Mount Desert Island, Maine, Leipzig, Germany and Houston, Texas.
Greg Nahabedian is a genderfluid composer and writer living in Nashua, NH. Greg plays in the band Cheap City and runs Boston New Music Calendar.
Lana Norris is a pianist turned wordsmith, new music enthusiast, and resident of Harlem, New York.
Gemma Peacocke is a composer from New Zealand living in Princeton, NJ.
Caroline Potter is an award-winning writer and academic, specializing in French music, based in London.
Justin Rito is a composer, pianist, theorist, and new music enthusiast from suburban Detroit.
Alexander K. Rothe is a Core Lecturer at Columbia University. His research interests are opera staging, Regieoper, Wagner Studies, and new music.
Bruce A. Russell (aka El Mahboob) is a Toronto-based composer, pianist, father of three. Bruce also wrote for Musicworks.
Hannah Rosa Schiller is a Chicago-based writer and musician—singer, music director, arranger—working to improve new music’s accessibility.
Nick Stevens is a musicologist based in Cleveland, Ohio. A writer, lecturer, and lapsed horn player, he also runs marathons and loves coffee.
Andrew Stock is a composer and violist currently based in St. Louis. He plays new and old repertoire, teaches, and writes (music and sometimes text) extensively.
L.A.-based writer Catherine Womack covers classical music and the arts for the LA Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Opera News and more. Dog lady. Will travel for opera.
Jeffrey Young is a violinist and composer. He plays experimental, rock, and classical music and often creates work collaboratively.
Concert saxophonist and contemporary chamber musician Matthew Younglove serves on the faculty of Wayne State University, is tenor saxophonist of the Assembly Quartet, and holds a DMA in Contemporary Music.