Although she calls it ‘a violist’s Book of Job,’ founding and leading the Momenta Quartet is a longtime labor of love for Stephanie Griffin, as she tells us in Music for Writers.
Since 2009, New York Public Radio’s Q2 Music has been giving crucial airtime to living composers on its free 24/7 Internet stream. Who orchestrates all this gorgeous sound? Alex Ambrose.
Drawing on her childhood on a kibbutz—fears of violence and the grace of music—cellist Maya Beiser embarks on personal exploration, ‘TranceClassical.’
In the wake of the unthinkable killings in Orlando, composer Gregory Spears’ new opera on the historic persecution of homosexuals in 1950s Washington gets its world premiere in Cincinnati.
Composer Lewis Pesacov’s chamber opera for the end of the Mayan Long Count Calendar cannot be performed again: it was made for a one-time only event. But a new recording is being released, putting this tale of ancient affection on ‘The Edge of Forever.’
Cellist Michael Nicolas releases his solo debut, to call for peaceful Transitions to technologically engaged music. “I welcome our robot overlords.”
The Sound ‘Continues To Move In Space’ An avant-garde bagpiper may not be the guy you expect to meet, even here at our eclectic Music for Writers. But last week, that’s exactly who MATA Festival audiences in New York heardfrom.
Kronos: Commissioning 900 Pieces So Far When we spoke with Kronos Quartet founder and violinist David Harrington last year about the group’s Fifty for the Future project, the effort was just getting off the ground.
‘Those Who Don’t Know Us’ Sufi, of course, is the mystical dimension of Islam. Many of us may appreciate its essential beauty through the work of the 13th-century poet Rumi.
‘End Of Life Visions And Meditations’ As our colleague Doyle Armbrust is writing over at New York Public Radio’s and WQXR Q2 Music, it’s just too bad that when your time comes to leave this Earth, you don’t get to…