Interview with Mason Bates

This is the last appointment of the project Listen to America. We talk to Mason Bates, a young composer who’s changing the way of composing orchestral music. Bates’ stylistic personality is as firmly rooted in the world of pop music and… Continue Reading

Listen to America

Speaking about of the American scene is not easy if you move away from names that are “classics” such as Charles Ives or George Gershwin. The contemporary world, in all the arts, is obscure and difficult to decipher. The ambition of… Continue Reading

Interview with Joel Hoffman

Eighth round with the project dedicated to the american composers today, Listen to America. This time we interview Joel Hoffman. Hoffman is Professor of Composition at the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music. He has been a resident composer at the Rockefeller, Camargo and… Continue Reading

Interview with Missy Mazzoli

Seventh round with the project Listen to America. We interviewed Missy Mazzoli at a fortunate time: recently the Carnegie Hall commissioned her to write a new work for the band Victoire. This new work, based on poems by Matthew Zapruder, will premiere at… Continue Reading

Interview with Julia Alford-Fowler

Sixth round with the project Listen to America. This time we interview Julia Alford-Fowler: composer, teacher, activist and accordion noodler, Julia tells us about musical influences and her way of composing music. 1. The first listening to your music brings… Continue Reading

Expression and Texture: interview with Douglas Knehans

Douglas Knehans has been a fellow of the Victorian Council of the Arts, MacDowell Colony and Leighton Artist Colony (Banff), has won awards from the American Music Centre and Meet the Composer and has fulfilled commissions for a wide variety… Continue Reading

Color and Rhythmic Dexterity: interview with Arlene Sierra

American composer based in London, Arlene Sierra has had wide recognition for her music. Her first orchestral work Aquilo, for example, was awarded the 2001 Takemitsu Prize and recently her debut chamber CD with Bridge Records, Arlene Sierra, Vol. 1,… Continue Reading

Garden of delights: interview with Nicholas Urie

His music has been heard internationally at festivals and concerts in Peru, Syria, Spain, England, Germany, Holland and the United States. In this interview Nicholas Urie tells us of his many musical influences and his way of composing. 1.Your musical… Continue Reading

Shades of Memory: interview with Pierre Jalbert

Focusing primarily on instrumental works, Pierre Jalbert has developed a musical language that is engaging, expressive, and deeply personal. He is Professor of Composition and Theory at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music in Houston, where he has taught since… Continue Reading

Through a glass darkly: interview with Lawrence Kramer

In this exclusive interview, the American composer and musicologist Lawrence Kramer tells how he became interested in music, the role that literature plays in his work and decisive encounter with the Masters (Schoenberg, Carter and others). 1. What have been… Continue Reading