NPR Shares Dessner/Kronos Collaboration

This week, NPR’s First Listen program is sharing a streaming preview of Ayhem, a collaboration between Kronos Quartet and Bryce Dessner of the National. Out via Anti Records on November 5th, the recording is Dessner’s first full length album of concert works. That said, Dessner is no newbie to writing for classical instruments; he has composed forContinue reading “NPR Shares Dessner/Kronos Collaboration”

Dmitri Tymoczko – Crackpot Hymnal

Dmitri Tymoczko Crackpot Hymnal Bridge Records CD In recent decades, there’s been a move in some American academic circles to put more separation between the disciplines of music composition and music theory. It seems especially curious to those of us who have, to greater or lesser degrees, modeled our careers and aesthetics on our forebears,Continue reading “Dmitri Tymoczko – Crackpot Hymnal”

RIP Lou Reed (1942-2013)

“One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” – Lou Reed   Much of my music passes the above “into jazz” marker. That said, Lou Reed taught me a great deal about productivity, creativity, and the maxim that “sometimes, less is more.” Sad tonight for Laurie Anderson, and for us, who areContinue reading “RIP Lou Reed (1942-2013)”

Trailer for Experiments in Opera’s opener

Halloween week just got spookier … Experiments in Opera’s Season Opener Features Works by Zorn, Pavone, Cady and Welch Saturday November 2, 8pm at Abrons Art Center Playhouse 466 Grand Street, New York. $30 general, $20 students One night only – will sell out! Call Theatermania at 212-352-3101 or visit

Saturday: Ekmeles visits Rutgers

When I was a graduate student at Rutgers (a little over a decade ago), the composition students were fortunate to have the Helix! Ensemble, a contemporary music group in residence at Rutgers, to perform our compositions alongside other new works. I have many fond memories of working with Helix!. Apart from that, other ensembles atContinue reading “Saturday: Ekmeles visits Rutgers”