On Wednesday, February 9th, Herb Deutsch turned ninety years old. Deutsch has been an icon of sound synthesis both as a composer and hardware designer. One of the inventors of the first Moog synthesizers, he designed the keyboard interface that served as the basis for countless synths that followed. Moog Music is using this auspiciousContinue reading “Moog Celebrates Herb Deutsch at Ninety”
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Laurie Anderson – “Big Science” (Arca Remix)
Arca has remixed one of Laurie Anderson’s most famous tracks, “Big Science.” Available on Nonesuch’s site.
January 7: Premiere at soundON Festival
This Friday, January 7th at 7:30 PM, cellist Franklin Cox premieres my In Nomine as part of the soundON Festival at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla California. The festival runs from January 6-8 and features the NOISE Ensemble performing a number of new works as well as pieces by established composers.Continue reading “January 7: Premiere at soundON Festival”
Tania León Awarded Pulitzer Prize
Congratulations to Tania León for being awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Music for her work Stride. The piece was commissioned and premiered by the New York Philharmonic as part of its Project 19 initiative, which marked the centenary of the 19th amendment with nineteen commissions from female composers. The Oregon Symphony shared in the commissioningContinue reading “Tania León Awarded Pulitzer Prize”
Amanda Palmer and Rhiannon Giddens: “It’s a Fire”
Amanda Palmer and Rhiannon Giddens have collaborated on a cover of Portishead’s “It’s a Fire,” which you can hear via Bandcamp (embed below). Proceeds from the single benefit Free Black University.
RIP Charles Wuorinen (1938-2020)
American composer, conductor, and pianist Charles Wuorinen has passed away. Wuorinen was the first person to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for an electronic music work, Time’s Encomium. He was also a MacArthur Fellow and received numerous other commissions and awards. His book, Simple Composition, is one of the clearest explications of composing using 12-toneContinue reading “RIP Charles Wuorinen (1938-2020)”
Composer News 2020
Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will be performing my Psalm 96 setting on their West Coast Tour. The choir is celebrating its centenary in 2020 and commissioned the piece to mark the milestone. (Dates below) Friday, January 10 • 7:30 p.m.Plymouth Church – United Church of ChristSeattle, WALEARN MORE Sunday, January 12 • 4Continue reading “Composer News 2020”
Two new recordings feature Carey compositions; new choral pieces
Out on Friday, December 6th, via New Focus Recordings, Wendy Richman’s Vox/Viola recording includes a piece I wrote for her in 2010, “He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven.” The CD significantly enlarges the repertoire for singing violists, with pieces by Ken Ueno, Everette Minchew, Arlene Sierra, Jason Eckardt, and others. Recently released on WestminsterContinue reading “Two new recordings feature Carey compositions; new choral pieces”
Helen Grime in Tempo
The July 2019 issue of Tempo includes three contributions from yours truly: an analytical article on Helen Grime’s music and reviews of Joseph Straus’s latest book on disability studies and musical modernism and Zeno Baldi’s portrait CD on Stradivarius.
Fred Hersch Trio – Live at the Village Vanguard
Fred Hersch Trio Village Vanguard January 5, 2019 Sequenza 21 By Christian Carey NEW YORK – Beginning the new year with a six-night long residency at the Village Vanguard, pianist Fred Hersch had a lot to celebrate. His current trio, in which he is joined by bassist John Hebert and drummer Kevin McPherson, hasContinue reading “Fred Hersch Trio – Live at the Village Vanguard”