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Re: 21st century classical music
« Reply #1360 on: December 26, 2017, 08:52:03 AM »
Interesting short (20 min) talk by Shulamit Ran

https://vimeo.com/193576495



Also, My interview with Alexander Schubert.


Schubert’s interest explores cross-genre interfaces between acoustic and electronic music, combining different musical styles (like hardcore, free jazz, popular electronic music, techno) with contemporary classical concepts. Schubert has participated in his youth and early career in the above-mentioned genres both in groups and as a solo artist.

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Re: 21st century classical music
« Reply #1361 on: January 18, 2018, 01:36:30 PM »
Some recent profiles/interviews with young composers creating some good music:

Marianna Liik : a sound world that is created by combining the acoustic and electronic means of expression

Timothy McCormack : music on a geologic scale

Nomi Epstein : compositions centering around sonic fragility

And one with an established composer:

Richard Barrett : creating meaningful alternatives to what we hear around us

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Re: 21st century classical music
« Reply #1362 on: February 13, 2018, 02:58:52 PM »
More new composers doing exciting work that I've profiled on my blog:

1/23/2018   Heather Stebbins
Heather Stebbins is an internationally performed composer of acoustic and electroacoustic works with a background as a cellist. At the core of her music is a deep fascination with the inner structures and intricacies of sound. Whether they emanate from an instrument, an object, or a computer, Heather uses sounds that strike her viscerally and … Continue reading

1/30/2018   Osnat Netger
Osnat Netzer /osˈnat ˈnɛtsɛʁ/ is a multi-faceted musician based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Born in Haifa, Israel, she developed a love of music at a very young age, and trained intensively as a composer, pianist and singer-songwriter throughout her high school years, military service and undergraduate studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She … Continue reading

2/6/2018   Yair Klartag
Born in Israel in 1985, Yair Klartag has studied composition with Ruben Seroussi and Georg Friedrich Haas at Tel-Aviv University, Basel Musikhochschule and Columbia University where he is currently a doctoral candidate in composition. Other important composition studies and masterclasses include George Lewis, Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough and Rebecca Saunders. His music has been performed … Continue reading

2/13/2018   Cenk Ergun
Cenk Ergün (b.1978, Turkey) is a composer and improviser based in New York. His chamber music has been performed by artists such as So Percussion, The JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, Wet Ink, Yarn/Wire, Ensemble Laboratorium, and Joan Jeanrenaud. He creates electronic music recordings and live performances in collaboration with choreographers, film makers, and other … Continue reading

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Re: 21st century classical music
« Reply #1363 on: February 14, 2018, 11:38:22 AM »
More new composers doing exciting work that I've profiled on my blog:

1/23/2018   Heather Stebbins
Heather Stebbins is an internationally performed composer of acoustic and electroacoustic works with a background as a cellist. At the core of her music is a deep fascination with the inner structures and intricacies of sound. Whether they emanate from an instrument, an object, or a computer, Heather uses sounds that strike her viscerally and … Continue reading

1/30/2018   Osnat Netger
Osnat Netzer /osˈnat ˈnɛtsɛʁ/ is a multi-faceted musician based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Born in Haifa, Israel, she developed a love of music at a very young age, and trained intensively as a composer, pianist and singer-songwriter throughout her high school years, military service and undergraduate studies at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She … Continue reading

2/6/2018   Yair Klartag
Born in Israel in 1985, Yair Klartag has studied composition with Ruben Seroussi and Georg Friedrich Haas at Tel-Aviv University, Basel Musikhochschule and Columbia University where he is currently a doctoral candidate in composition. Other important composition studies and masterclasses include George Lewis, Chaya Czernowin, Brian Ferneyhough and Rebecca Saunders. His music has been performed … Continue reading

2/13/2018   Cenk Ergun
Cenk Ergün (b.1978, Turkey) is a composer and improviser based in New York. His chamber music has been performed by artists such as So Percussion, The JACK Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, Wet Ink, Yarn/Wire, Ensemble Laboratorium, and Joan Jeanrenaud. He creates electronic music recordings and live performances in collaboration with choreographers, film makers, and other … Continue reading


Nice, thanks.
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Re: 21st century classical music
« Reply #1364 on: February 18, 2018, 06:26:58 PM »
Cut and paste of two recent posts to the main Listening thread. Putting them here since the music definitely fits here:. all the works on these two CDs date from 2010-2015. As a general category, all of them are basically tonal, no electronics or other addition to the basic orchestal instrumentarium.

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Speculation prompted this purchase.
I like it...but I'm not sure I would recommend this to anyone.
Ritter thought the little he had heard of this composer suggested an epigone of Rodrigo.  The Spanish composer I thought I heard echoes of is De Falla, mixed in to the generic neoRomantic composers of the late 20th century. There is little to cue the listener in to the fact the two works date fron 2015 and 2011. I think a number of GMGers would be pleased with this CD, and a number of GMGers a bit bored.  I intend to get more of this composer, but the rest of you will just have to decide for yourselves.
Another first listen to stuff never heard before


Generally good. The soloists are the principal chairs of their respective sections of the Nashville Symphony.
Contents
Frank Ticheli Clarinet Concerto (2010)
Brad Warnaar Horn Concerto (2015)
Bezhad Ranjbaran Flute Concerto (2013).
I liked the Flute Concerto best on first hearing. The composer was born in Iran, but has lived and studied in the US since 1974, when he was 19.

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Re: 21st century classical music
« Reply #1365 on: March 15, 2018, 02:33:54 AM »


Jacques Zafra was born in Mexico City on December 8, 1986 and is currently finishing a post-master's in composition with Claus-Steffen Mahnkopf at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, Germany, where he also did his Master's. Before studying in Germany he studied composition and music theory in Mexico at the CIEM with Victor … Continue reading



Anna Pidgorna (b. 1985) is a Ukrainian born, Canadian raised composer, artist and vocalist, who combines everything from traditional music making, to visual arts, to writing, to carpentry in her multimedia practice. Characterized by “a balance of bold colour palettes, strong melodic profiles, and unexpected performative elements” (Nick Storring for MusicWorks Magazine), her work traverses … Continue reading



Born in 1987, Maurizio Azzan studied composition at Conservatory of Milan (with A. Solbiati), at CNSM of Paris (with F. Durieux, Y. Maresz, L. Naon), at IRCAM and with Salvatore Sciarrino. He has received a bachelor and a master in Philology and Ancient Literature from the University of Turin. His interest in visual and performing … Continue reading



Yiğit Kolat’s music explores the liminal frontiers of musical activity and potentialities in (mis)translating data into musical information. The complicated political and social environment of his native Turkey is a recurring theme in his diverse output, which includes acoustic, electro-acoustic, and electronic works written for orchestra, chamber ensembles, voice, and solo instruments. His works have … Continue reading

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Re: 21st century classical music
« Reply #1366 on: May 01, 2018, 03:04:36 PM »
Latest living composer profiles on Musica Kaleidoskopea

Chris Dench was born in London in 1953; he is self-taught. After periods living in Tuscany and West Berlin, the latter as a guest of the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm, he finally arrived to settle in Australia. He became an Australian citizen in 1992. His commissioned works include symphony 4/propriocepts for four amplified voices and large orchestra (1994-97) … Continue reading

Catherine Lamb (b. 1982, Olympia, Wa, U.S.), is a composer exploring the interaction of elemental tonal material and the variations in presence between shades and beings in a room. She has been studying and composing music since a young age. In 2003 she turned away from the conservatory in an attempt to understand the structures … Continue reading

Germán Alonso was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1984. He studied Guitar and Composition (specialization in Electroacoustic Composition) at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, obtaining the highest marks. At the same time he studies electroacoustic composition with Alberto Bernal. He continued studying composition at the Strasbourg Conservatoire with Mark André, a Master … Continue reading

In the world of contemporary classical music, Rahilia Hasanova is known as a brilliant and prolific composer with a unique and powerful voice. The strength of her music is in bridging the two seemingly disparate worlds of Eastern and Western cultures. By combining the essence of her native (Azerbaijani) culture and traditional music that represents … Continue reading

Kelley Sheehan is a Chicago-based composer and computer musician moving between acoustic, electronic, electro-acoustic, and performance art works. In any medium, her work broadly focuses on noise, perception, and interaction. Cacophony magazine has described her work to be "frenetic, almost acrobatic." Kelley has either performed or has been performed at numerous concert halls or art … Continue reading

Antonin Servière is a composer, teacher and a musician. While he completed higher instrumental studies (First Prize of Saxophone in 2004, Master’s-level teaching certification in 2005), he studied orchestration with Alain Louvier from 2001 to 2003 and composition with Philippe Leroux from 2004 to 2006. He pursued his study of composition with Michael Jarrell, Luis … Continue reading

Ofer Pelz was born in Haifa (Israel) and lives in Montreal. His music explores the concept he defines as "unstable repetition" - repetitive fragments which always vary from repetition to repetition, all the while trying to keep a perceivable tension. Pelz composes music for diverse combinations of instruments and electroacoustic media, he is also an … Continue reading

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Re: 21st century classical music
« Reply #1367 on: May 02, 2018, 03:47:35 AM »
Latest living composer profiles on Musica Kaleidoskopea

Chris Dench was born in London in 1953; he is self-taught. After periods living in Tuscany and West Berlin, the latter as a guest of the DAAD Berliner Kunstlerprogramm, he finally arrived to settle in Australia. He became an Australian citizen in 1992. His commissioned works include symphony 4/propriocepts for four amplified voices and large orchestra (1994-97) … Continue reading

Catherine Lamb (b. 1982, Olympia, Wa, U.S.), is a composer exploring the interaction of elemental tonal material and the variations in presence between shades and beings in a room. She has been studying and composing music since a young age. In 2003 she turned away from the conservatory in an attempt to understand the structures … Continue reading

Germán Alonso was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1984. He studied Guitar and Composition (specialization in Electroacoustic Composition) at the Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid, obtaining the highest marks. At the same time he studies electroacoustic composition with Alberto Bernal. He continued studying composition at the Strasbourg Conservatoire with Mark André, a Master … Continue reading

In the world of contemporary classical music, Rahilia Hasanova is known as a brilliant and prolific composer with a unique and powerful voice. The strength of her music is in bridging the two seemingly disparate worlds of Eastern and Western cultures. By combining the essence of her native (Azerbaijani) culture and traditional music that represents … Continue reading

Kelley Sheehan is a Chicago-based composer and computer musician moving between acoustic, electronic, electro-acoustic, and performance art works. In any medium, her work broadly focuses on noise, perception, and interaction. Cacophony magazine has described her work to be "frenetic, almost acrobatic." Kelley has either performed or has been performed at numerous concert halls or art … Continue reading

Antonin Servière is a composer, teacher and a musician. While he completed higher instrumental studies (First Prize of Saxophone in 2004, Master’s-level teaching certification in 2005), he studied orchestration with Alain Louvier from 2001 to 2003 and composition with Philippe Leroux from 2004 to 2006. He pursued his study of composition with Michael Jarrell, Luis … Continue reading

Ofer Pelz was born in Haifa (Israel) and lives in Montreal. His music explores the concept he defines as "unstable repetition" - repetitive fragments which always vary from repetition to repetition, all the while trying to keep a perceivable tension. Pelz composes music for diverse combinations of instruments and electroacoustic media, he is also an … Continue reading

Good work.
Karl Henning, Ph.D.
Composer & Clarinetist
Boston MA
http://www.karlhenning.com/
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Re: 21st century classical music
« Reply #1368 on: September 14, 2019, 03:38:43 PM »
Akropolis Reed Quintet regularly commissions new music for their ensemble.  Their most recent CD in 2017, The Space Between, has several very interesting and enjoyable works. No atonal honking.   8)



    Jesus Is Coming
    Refraction I. Death Metal Chicken
    Refraction II. Kyrie for Machaut and Pärt
    Refraction III. Goat Rodeo
    Gallimaufry
    The Space Between Us I. Coming Together
    The Space Between Us II. As One
    The Space Between Us III. Remembering
    The Space Between Us IV. Ever Constant
    The Space Between Us V. The more we change…
    Sorrow and Celebration for Reed Quintet & Audience

5 premiere recordings. 4 commissions.

Jacob TV – Jesus Is Coming
David Biedenbender – Refraction
Rob Deemer – Gallimaufry
Gregory Wanamaker – The Space Between Us
John Steinmetz – Sorrow and Celebration for Reed Quintet & Audience

Released March 24, 2017 on innova Recordings.


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« Reply #1369 on: August 19, 2020, 06:42:29 AM »
Interesting article on George Lewis:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-08-19/how-to-listen-george-lewis-composer-shadowgraph-improvisation

(I didn't see a GL thread on the Composer Discussion board, would rather not start one.)

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« Reply #1370 on: August 20, 2020, 05:50:38 PM »
Interesting article on George Lewis:

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2020-08-19/how-to-listen-george-lewis-composer-shadowgraph-improvisation

(I didn't see a GL thread on the Composer Discussion board, would rather not start one.)

I'm not familiar with Shadowgraph, but in general I don't care for AACM members' concert-hall works. Unlike their amazingly undogmatic improvisations, these pieces draw from the same, mind-numbing feedback loop of Ligeti, Stockhausen, Xenakis, etc. that so many living composers are stuck in. I can understand what a black man writing an orchestral work means symbolically, but musically it seems to be more of the same.

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« Reply #1371 on: August 20, 2020, 06:42:06 PM »
I'm not familiar with Shadowgraph, but in general I don't care for AACM members' concert-hall works. Unlike their amazingly undogmatic improvisations, these pieces draw from the same, mind-numbing feedback loop of Ligeti, Stockhausen, Xenakis, etc. that so many living composers are stuck in. I can understand what a black man writing an orchestral work means symbolically, but musically it seems to be more of the same.

Roscoe Mitchell is the only AACM member whose concert-hall works I've heard, both live and on recording. I had high expectations, but have been unimpressed. Didn't notice much similarity to the composers you mentioned, but the pieces just didn't grab me or seem to distinguish themselves. I find Anthony Braxton somewhat hit-or-miss, so never ventured into that part of his output. [Added] Bought Wadada Leo Smith's Three Freedom Summers recording with great excitement, didn't seem technically bad in any way, but suffice it to say that the piece didn't come to mind when I first responded...

I'm planning to explore Lewis's music, but starting with older recordings of jazz/smaller ensemble work. I have the Black Saint/Soul Note box on order, but it could take some months to arrive. That has a sextet version of Shadowgraph, but I'm more eager to hear the Homage to Charlie Parker. If I like that vintage material, I'll try later "classical" works. A poster on this forum whose opinions I trust has praised a few recent releases.
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« Reply #1372 on: August 20, 2020, 06:53:51 PM »
I'm planning to explore Lewis's music, but starting with older recordings of jazz/smaller ensemble work. I have the Black Saint/Soul Note box on order, but it could take some months to arrive. That has a sextet version of Shadowgraph, but I'm more eager to hear the Homage to Charlie Parker. If I like that vintage material, I'll try later "classical" works. A poster on this forum whose opinions I trust has praised a few recent releases.

Homage to Charles Parker is one of my all-time favorite recordings, particularly the title piece - very moving. Both Lewis' and Douglas Ewart's solos are superb.

Of course Lewis is also heard to great effect in a few of Anthony Braxton's recordings from roughly the same period, especially Quartet (Dortmund) 1976.
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« Reply #1373 on: August 21, 2020, 01:33:04 AM »
Seconded. Those are two amazing records.

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« Reply #1374 on: August 21, 2020, 06:53:00 PM »
I find Anthony Braxton somewhat hit-or-miss, so never ventured into that part of his output.

Braxton's early Arista and Quartet records are very good, but he does have a tendency to get self-indulgent. Don't get me started on the opera cycle.

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« Reply #1375 on: August 21, 2020, 07:32:06 PM »
Braxton's early Arista and Quartet records are very good, but he does have a tendency to get self-indulgent. Don't get me started on the opera cycle.

Oh, yeah, his output is definitely uneven and I own only a small fraction of it. Of course, anyone who releases as many recordings as he does is going to have more than a few clinkers. :)
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