About

I CARE IF YOU LISTENI CARE IF YOU LISTEN (ICIYL) is an award-winning multimedia hub for living music creators. Founded in December 2010 by Thomas Deneuville, ICIYL was born from a desire to create a dedicated space for talking about contemporary classical music. Through a unique blend of music criticism, promotional features, and multimedia content, ICIYL strives to be a leading advocate for artists who have been historically underrepresented or marginalized in Western classical music by highlighting equitable programming, facilitating challenging conversations, cultivating a safe platform, and creating educational resources.

After 10 years of operation as an all-volunteer enterprise, I CARE IF YOU LISTEN was acquired by American Composers Forum (ACF) in September 2020. Amanda Cook, Editor-in-Chief since 2017, continues to serve in that role as a member of the ACF staff. Editorial decisions are made at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief, in alignment with ACF’s organizational priorities. Joining with ACF enables ICIYL to equitably pay its contributors and staff while developing a platform that furthers ICIYL and ACF’s shared goals.

Direct promotion of ACF-only programs can be found on our At ACF page. Critical reviews of ACF-affiliated projects are not considered promotional content and are assigned to an impartial reviewer.

Why the name?

The title is a reference to Who Cares if You Listen?, a famous article by American composer Milton Babbitt published in 1958 in High Fidelity. 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). Our title is not directed at Mr. Babbitt, but more at creative forces that look down on their audience, and gatekeepers that create barriers to entry.

Editor-in-Chief

Amanda-Cook

Amanda Cook (she/her) is a Boston-based music critic and digital editor. She joined the I CARE IF YOU LISTEN team in 2013 as a contributing writer, and she has served as the Editor-in-chief since 2017. Her background in music performance, higher education, and nonprofit administration provides a unique perspective from which to view the current state of contemporary music.

Founder

With a dual background in mechanical engineering and composition, Thomas Deneuville (he/him) is an interaction designer and a maker. He lives in Freeville, NY, with his wife and two sons, where he writes about creativity, codes, and plays the bagpipe.


Operations Team

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN Social Media Coordinator

“Natalie

Natalie Calma (she/her/ella) is a Venezuelan violinist, co-creator of Box Not Found and improvisation enthusiast. She is currently based in Boston.

I CARE IF YOU LISTEN Manager of Advertising

“Tim Igel

Tim Igel (he/him) is a music maker who focuses on his recorded music projects as well as helping others make their own. In his work at ACF and innova Recordings, Tim collaborates with artists to amplify their music and their stories.

ACF Director of Community and Belonging

“Dameun Strange

Dameun Strange (he/him) is a composer exploring afro surrealism/afrofuturism to tell Black stories. In early 2020, he joined the staff of ACF where he continues to share his love for storytelling and building community.


Current Contributors

Padideh Aghanoury

Padideh

Padideh (she/they) grew up playing the cello from a young age and has a deep love for the experimental and avant-garde. She loves to write about music.

Kevin Baldwin

Kevin

Kevin Baldwin, D.M.A., (he/him) is a composer, saxophonist, and visual artist, focusing on graphic and alternate notations. Kevin, based in greater Boston, is the founder of eyeMusic Projects, an ongoing collection of visual experimentations with notational elements.

Stephanie Ann Boyd

“Stephanie

Michigan-born, Manhattan-based composer Stephanie Ann Boyd (b. 1990) (she/her) writes melodic music about women’s memoirs and the natural world for symphonic and chamber ensembles.

 


Donna Lee Davidson

“Donna

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Donna (she/her) is the youngest of 11 children. She is an orchestral percussionist, jazz vibraphonist, and a writer with non-fiction life experiences.

Jillian DeGroot

“Jillian

Jillian DeGroot (she/her) is a Chicago-based musician, writer, and audio journalist. She is currently producing an audio documentary podcast called Near Total Silence.

Bill Doggett

“Bill

Bill Doggett (he/him) is a marketing agent and publicist for contemporary Black composers. He is a well respected published historian, archivist, and lecturer specialized in African American performing arts history.

 


Jasmine IVANNA Espy

“Jasmine

Jasmine IVANNA Espy (she/they) is a journalist turned filmmaker also advocating for the Hidradenitis Suppurativa community through writing and documentary film.

Anne Goldberg-Baldwin

“Anne

Anne H. Goldberg-Baldwin, D.M.A. (she/her) blurs the definitions of music and dance as a composer, choreographer, performer, and educator. She is Assistant Professor of Composition at Berklee College of Music and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Dance at the University of the Arts.

Dalanie Harris

“Dalanie

Dalanie Harris (she/her) is a Los Angeles-based musician, podcaster, and writer. Her current research interests include intersections of music, history, and culture in Black America.

 


A. Kori Hill

“Kori

A. Kori Hill (she/her) is a PhD candidate writing on Florence Price, modernism(s) & music as method in Black intellectual thought.

Lauren Ishida

Lauren Alfano

Lauren Ishida (she/her) is a soprano specializing in contemporary music. She is the Director of Promotion for Schott Music New York.

Jennifer Jolley

Jenn

Jenn(ifer) Jolley (she/her) is composer, blogger, and professor person. She is also a part-time cat lover and creative opera producer.

 


Jacob Kopcienski

“Jacob

Jacob Kopcienski (he/him) is a multifaceted artist and scholar who explores sound, listening practices, identity, and technology through writing, performance, creative collaboration, and community-building projects. He is currently a Ph.D. student in Musicology at the Ohio State University.

Christian Kriegeskotte

Christian Kriegeskotte

Christian Kriegeskotte (he/him) is a composer, writer and budding audiophile who has worked professionally in feature film music production, artist management and the mainstream record industry. He received his BFA and Master of Music from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently based in Pittsburgh, PA.

Julia Kuhlman

“Julia

Julia Kuhlman (she/her) is a saxophonist and musicologist who makes unnatural noises and writes outlandish things about them. She is currently based in the Washington, D.C. metro area.

 


Yaz Lancaster

Yaz

Yaz Lancaster (they/them) is an interdisciplinary artist focused on relational aesthetics, collage, and anti-oppression. They love chess, horror movies, and trills.

Nilina Mason-Campbell

Nilina

Nilina (she/her) splits her time between Los Angeles and Portland. Outside of writing, she can be found drawing, learning banjo and renovating a 1968 Airstream.

Nebal Maysaud

Nebal

Nebal Maysaud (they/them) is a Lebanese composer and writer whose work aims to build compassion among people of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

 


Tristan McKay

““Tristan

Tristan McKay (he/him) is a pianist, visual artist, and scholar based in NYC. His research interests include semiotics and graphic notations, and he teaches at SUNY New Paltz. Tristan plays ice hockey in his free time.

Esteban Meneses

“Esteban

Esteban (he/him) is a freelance arts and music writer, based in Orlando. He’s a member of the Music Critics Association of North America and also contributes to Orlando Arts Magazine and Classical Voice America. He holds a Master of Liberal Studies degree from Rollins College.

Tracy Monaghan

“Tracy

Tracy Monaghan (she/her) is a PhD student in Musicology whose work focuses on issues of race, gender, and musical appropriation in 20th- and 21st-century opera. She is a soprano and an avid performer of new music, favoring extended vocal techniques. Tracy also works to dismantle food insecurity in her communities. She is currently based in the Bay Area of California.

 


Greg Nahabedian

“Greg

Greg Nahabedian (they/them) is a gender non binary composer living in Southern New Hampshire. Greg runs the Boston New Music Calendar and is a founding member of Strange Trace opera.

Lana Norris

Lana Norris

Lana Norris (she/her) is a pianist and music journalist convinced that both science and art are aesthetic. She brings an interest in diplomacy to her coverage of new music, and enjoys sacred choral and shameless pop. She is based in New York City, Munsee Lenape and Wappinge territory.

Gemma Peacocke

“Gemma

Gemma Peacocke (she/her) is a US-based composer from New Zealand. Her rescue dog Mila is a standard poodle from Korea. Their musical tastes differ markedly.

 


Caroline Potter

“Caroline

Caroline Potter (she/her) is an award-winning writer and academic, specializing in French music, based in London.

Diego Rocha

“Diego

Diego Rocha (he/him) is a composer, conductor and trombonist currently studying at the UMKC Conservatory. He’s also an avid fan of Wikipedia hyper-link rabbit holes.

Sun Yung Shin

“Sun Yung

Sun Yung Shin (she/they) is a Korean-born writer, artist, and consultant based in Minneapolis. She is the author or editor of eight books, and publishes, lectures, and performs widely.

 


Chrysanthe Tan

“Chrysanthe

Chrysanthe Tan (they/them) is a composer, sound artist, and radio host whose special interests include Star Wars, dinosaurs, and theme park sound design.

Ciyadh Wells

“Ciyadh

Ciyadh Wells’ (she/her) mission is to utilize the impact of music old and new to manifest moments of meaningful change. She directs the Margins Guitar Collective.