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  • richardmitnick 5:21 PM on March 2, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Meet Marvin Rosen, Teacher, Performer, Radio Host, Friend 

    Marvin Rosen

    Marvin is on the faculty of Westminster Choir College of Rider University


    But for me, he is my friend who has two long weekly programs on WPRB, 103.3FM or wprb.com, at Princeton University.

    I was fortunate to meet Marvin at the station with another of my heroes, Phil Blackburn of Innova Recordings

    Marvin on the left, Phil on the right.

    With Phil and Marvin and a superb violinist, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR).

    CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES, airs on Wednesdays


    When Marvin Rosen was a child, he had a dream of both programming and hosting a radio show. Although the young Rosen loved television, he was far more attracted to radio. The future radio host was given his first transistor radio in December, 1962, and was immediately hooked – perhaps because the little radio was “his”. He could insert the earplug and be transported to his own world. That world was WABC in New York. Yes, it was a “Top 40” station but a most important one featuring the voices of Dan Ingram, Cousin Brucie, and other legendary announcers.

    Rosen became very interested in classical music in 1966. There was always great music playing in his home when he was growing up. In addition, he was taken to the “Young People’s Concerts” in New York City that featured Leonard Bernstein, who was probably the greatest inspiration to him and his love of serious music. In Rosen’s opinion, there will never be anyone like him again. He considers himself lucky to have grown up during this time. By the end of 1966, he started listening to classical radio and buying classical records. His favorite station was WQXR, which he listened to all the time. Rosen will never forget the great voices of Bill Strauss, Melvin Elliott, and others on that station. He later got hooked on WNCN and also to the “DeKoven Concert” featuring the wonderful baroque music aired by Seymour DeKoven, who to Rosen is still the most unique and interesting classical DJ ever to hit the airwaves. DeKoven was very enthusiastic and quite outspoken. Rosen owes his interest in baroque music to him.


    The dream of both programming and hosting a radio show began for Rosen in May of 1997, when there was an opening at WPRB in Princeton. Even though the position was that of a volunteer he enjoyed and still does every moment in both preparing and presenting the selections on the air. His first programs included a mix of more of the familiar than the unfamiliar and stayed that way for the show’s first months. The response to the program was very positive. Listeners especially liked the rarely heard early music and the selections of recent works. At the beginning of 1998, Rosen decided to play far less Nineteenth Century music since that was the strong point of other stations.

    Classical Discoveries then became a program featuring rarely heard selections from all periods with an emphasis on the very old and the very new. It is truly amazing how much worthwhile early and new music is available on compact disc that is rarely, if ever, played on other radio stations. If you are tired of the Bach Brandenburg Concertos, don’t worry; you will never hear them on this program.

    The presentation of much new music is an important feature ofClassical Discoveries” Rosen is most concerned about the general feeling towards contemporary music. It appears that many concertgoers seem to feel that if a program contains the name especially of an unknown composer of the Twentieth or Twenty-First Centuries the music will most likely be unmelodic, dissonant, and simply not enjoyable for listening. Unless it is a standard piece of the repertoire, a Twentieth Century work often puts fear into an audience. Often the music won’t be given a chance. Rosen tries to prove on every show that there is much beautiful music of our time that deserves to be heard. Composers are working hard today. Their works deserve to be presented to the public. Listeners often tell him that they didn’t know that new music could be so melodious and beautiful. Although he plays recent works by well-known composers, Rosen emphasizes the little-known ones that are recorded on the small record labels. He will periodically invite various composers to be guests on his program often for up to two and half hours as long as they have a substantial discography. Rosen tries to keep these meetings very informal with the main focus on a composers music, without being too technical, so the average listener gets to know both the composer and the music without intimidation.

    Sometimes a program will have a particular theme as, for example: CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES GOES TO A MUSEUM” or CLASSICAL DISCOVERIES GOES TO WASHINGTON – GHOSTS OF THE PAST. Other times the focus is on one country or region like: FROM JAKARTA TO JAYAPURA, FROM THE BALTIC SEA TO THE TATRA MOUNTAINS, THE ORIENT UNVEILED, or the first ever in the western world program devoted to Azerbaijani music titled THE LAND OF FIRE and much more.

    Each March Classical Discoveries presents the program IN PRAISE OF WOMAN totally devoted to music by women composers. There are as well many other annual programs especially during winter holidays. To check all of them, you can go to the Special Programs page.

    Classical Discoveries devoted 13 24-hour Live Marathons VIVA 21-ST CENTURY totally devoted to music that was just composed. The fourth Marathon was totally devoted to music recently written by women composers. From its beginning, Classical Discoveries presented many American and World premiere broadcasts as well many private recordings. All works were always presented in complete form regardless of length from two-hour long oratorios to six-hour long string quartets. You might hear beautiful Fourteenth Century sacred works, which might be deemed improper for other stations to broadcast, to works that have just been written.

    Classical Discoveries would not be possible anywhere else but here on WPRB. The station does not have a “black list” of forbidden works, and no one is afraid that some music director at the top of the corporate ladder with one strike of a pen will remove 99% of a proposed playlist and replace it with old warhorses and pretty music. According to Rosen, “this type of programming may be the answer if classical radio is to survive. Classical music is a great thing. It should not be allowed to perish.”
    In 2005 Classical Discoveries was awarded with the “ASCAP Deems Taylor Radio Broadcast Award


    Every March from 2004, in observance of Women’s History Month, Classical Discoveries pays tribute to music by women composers from all over the world and through the centuries. Every regular scheduled program (that includes the new Avant-Garde Edition starting in 2009) is exclusively devoted to their music.

    This programming does not mean that these opportunities are the only time you can hear women composers on Classical Discoveries.

    From its beginning, this program has been committed to making its listeners aware about music that is rare or never presented on other radio stations. Almost every program for many years includes compositions by women. Classical Discoveries has included complete Symphonies, Oratorios, Operas and other major works, and has presented many World and American premieres broadcasts as well as private recordings.

    History was not very kind to women in the past. They were destined to be wives and mothers, were kept away from education and culture by controlling fathers, brothers and husbands. Women were forbidden to write, compose, or paint and the only way for some to escape that path was to join a convent, however these often had many restrictions imposed by male superiors. The lucky ones born to wealthy or artistic families were allowed to be creative, often only till they got married. Some of them could not escape the sad destiny of having their works claimed by men. Many women did not sign their works or they used a male name. It has been suggested by many researchers that women are behind many anonymous works. .
    Only recently, recording technology and general awareness have brought to light women composers going back many centuries, proving that despite difficult circumstances, women’s contribution to the humanities is equal to that of their male counterparts.

    At the time when everyone was celebrating birthday of Mozart, how many remembered the 200th anniversary of Fanny Mendelssohn? Do you think the current situation is getting better?

    This page is not reflecting any endorsement of individual composers by the host and producer of this program.
    Most presentations are designed with the thought of introducing listeners to a wide scope of works created by women from different historical periods, geographical regions and is based on availability in the host’s library as well as time constrictions and the individual taste of the host.

    Treasures of Early Music, airs Mondays, but is currently in hiatus.

    Marvin has a strong bond with the life, music and memory of the great ALAN HOVHANESS (1911 – 2000)

    by Marvin Rosen, June 22, 2000

    “Last Evening, on June 21st, I received the phone call that I hoped would never come. It was from the gifted American composer and very dear friend Arnold Rosner.

    He called to tell me that my musical idol, Alan Hovhaness, had passed away earlier in the day. I guess it was very apropos that the call would come from Dr. Rosner because both of us wrote our doctoral dissertations on the music of Hovhaness.
    I can remember the first time I heard Dr. Hovhaness’s music.
    I was about 16 years old and I was listening to the Masterwork Hour on WNYC. All of a sudden a work for violin and string orchestra came out of the little speaker on my bedside radio. I don’t remember what I was doing when the music started, but what I do remember is that I totally stopped what I was doing, paying special attention to the music, not knowing who wrote it. I can actually recall crying during part of this very spiritually moving music which turned out to be the Concerto No. 2 for Violin and String Orchestra.
    Shortly after the above experience I was off to Trenton State College and played double bass in the orchestra. During my freshman year we did Hovhaness’s Psalm and Fugue and I experienced the spiritual feeling as I had earlier in the Concerto. At this point I had to find out more about this American composer. I purchased the great Reiner recording of Mysterious Mountain as well as a number of recordings on the composer’s own Poseidon label. Every piece I heard attached me more and more to the music by this truly great American composer.

    Although I was a double bass player in my college orchestra I was a piano major and was beginning to purchase Hovhaness’s piano works. I began actually studying his works for the keyboard in the mid 1970s and it was without a doubt some of the most unique and at the same time most beautiful music I had ever worked on. During this period I had also read about a recording of some of Hovhaness’s piano music by the late William Masselos on the MGM label. Although I had the opportunity to hear this recording it took me literally years to find a copy for my own ever growing Hovhaness collection. If tapes were still available it would be great to see this recording reissued on CD along with the other magnificent early recordings of Hovhaness’s music on MGM. Although these ancient records were hard to find, they were surely worth the hunt. Some of the highlights to me, in addition to the Masselos performances of the piano music, were of Alleluia and Fugue, the Viola Concerto Talin, the St. Vartan Symphony, the Celestial Fantasy, and the Concerto #2 for violin and strings mentioned earlier.

    In January 1980 I met Hovhaness for the first time in New York after the world premiere performance of the Symphony #34. I was so excited to just shake his hand and thank him for his wonderful music. He was very cordial to me and signed my copy of his Madras Sonata for piano, a work that was commissioned by the Madras Academy of Music for their first concert of western music. After this very brief but friendly chat with Hovhaness I decided that I had to try to really get to meet him for an extended period of time. I had his address and wrote to him wondering if I would ever get an answer.
    As a pianist who had by now played a number of his compositions I proposed that we get together so I could play some of his works for him. Literally 10 days after I mailed the letter to him I got a hand written reply. I could not believe that this composer whose music was so important to me answered my letter so quickly. He said that he would be very happy to hear me play his music. I was so excited and began to make plans to fly to visit him in Seattle where he lived. After a couple of correspondences I received a letter from him saying that he would be visiting New York and that we could have a meeting during his visit. I was ecstatic and had the crazy idea to invite him to my home in Princeton, New Jersey for dinner. I called the Hotel Wellington and asked to speak to Alan Hovhaness. I was very excited and also very nervous to say the least. When Dr. Hovhaness answered the phone I remember something happened to me inside. I invited him, his wife, and mother-in-law to dinner. They accepted!!

    The date of our meeting was June 22, 1980 and will always be remembered as a high point in my life. The thing that was unbelievable was that after speaking to Hovhaness for just ten minutes I felt that I had known him for a good part of my life. He was such a friendly, down to earth human being. Before dinner, I played a number of works and he was very happy with my performances. In fact, we hit it off so well at the piano, my mother was literally forcing us to come up to eat dinner. She could not split us apart. We had so much to talk about and share with each other. After dinner, Hovhaness played a recently composed Sonata from his manuscript.
    Anyway, about 11:00 PM it was time for my father and me to bring him and his family back to the Hotel in New York. Without a doubt this was a day that I was never going to forget!!!

    My friendship with Hovhaness over the years became closer and closer. I made many trips up and down the east coast to hear premieres of new works and had dinner with him and his wife on a number of occasions. The most noteworthy meetings with the composer were the ones in his home in Seattle in May of 1992. At this time we went over all of the music that I was getting ready to record on my first CD of Hovhaness piano music.
    I also had the opportunity to be present for the recording sessions with the Seattle Symphony of the Mount St. Helens Symphony that was being taped during my stay.

    My wife whom I met in 1985 because of our common interest in Hovhaness’s music was also very excited whenever we would all get together. I know that all of the meetings have meant much to her as well. It is truly amazing how much one person can affect one’s life, even down to meeting one’s spouse. Alan Hovhaness never, in all the years, had an unkind word to say to me. He was always warm and cordial. He was a sensitive man who loved cats. Even many, many years after his death, Hovhaness talked about his furry friend Rajah Hoyden whom he dedicated some of his music to.

    There have been many new recordings of Hovhaness’s works during the last eight years or so. For this, I am very grateful and hope that the music will continue to be exposed to the world not just in recordings, however, but also through many live performances. These are compositions that are very original but also very accessible and composed with the heart. Good old-fashioned melody can often be found in these pieces.
    As a person who will probably be presenting Alan Hovhaness’s works for the rest of my life, I can only hope that many others will share my love and sincere enthusiasm. Through exposure and dedication, this musical genius should be looked upon as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He may not be alive in the traditional way now but his music of spiritual feeling will live on forever and ever making the world a more beautiful place for all of us who allow his musical message to enter into our lives.
    God bless you Dr. Hovhaness. There will always be a special place for you in my heart and in the hearts of all of your admirers throughout the world.”

    Marvin Rosen

  • richardmitnick 5:14 PM on April 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From Marvin Rosen’s Classical Discoveries at WPRB: “SACRED BRIDGES” IV 

    “The fourth annual program: SACRED BRIDGES Wednesday April 4, 2012
    presented during the time of important Jewish and Christian holidays, but focus is on music from multiple religious traditions rather than just two.

    Dr Marvin Rosen


    On this program of spiritual music you will hear Four Biblical Tableau by the Russian/American Composer, Aaron Avshalomov (1894-1964), Requiem and Resurrection by the American Composer, Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000), Vous vous invitons a la Pere, Op. 58 by the Indian/English Composer, Hidayat Inyat Khan (1917- ), Miserere (2009) by Scottish Composer, James MacMillan (1959- ), Da Lamentatione Jeremiae by English Composer John Mundy (c. 1555-1630), Gurdjieff: Violin Concerto No. 2 by Australian Composer, Larry Sitsky (1934- ), Requiem by English Composer, Sir John Tavener (1944- ) plus music by Hermann Berlinski, Isabella Leonarda, Meira Warshauer and many others.

    The program will also include a number of selections by the Greek/Armenian traveller, Mystic and Composer Georges Ivanovitch Gurdjieff (1877-1949)”

    G.I. Gurdjieff
    G.I. Gurdjieff

    Listen in the Central New Jersey area at 103.3FM, or at wprb.com

  • richardmitnick 3:51 PM on November 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Marvin Rosen – a Pre Thanksgiving Treat 

    This Wednesday, November 23, 2011 from 5:30 till 11:00am

    Classical Discoveries will present it’s 15th Annual program celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday with music of composers of the American Continent titled:


    In this special program Classical Discoveries will present:
    Time Machines for Violin and Orchestra (2007) by American Composer, Sebastian Currier (1959- ),
    String Quartet No. 5 (2005) by American Composer, Jefferson Friedman (1974- ),
    Mass for Saint Cecilia’s Day by American Composer, Lou Harrison (1917-2003),
    Fantasia…sul un linguaggio perduto by Canadian Composer, Marjan Mozetich (1948- ),
    Te Deum in stilo barocco for chorus and orchestra by Brazilian Composer, Amaral Vieira (1952- ),
    An American Composer by American Composer, Gwyneth Walker (1947- )
    plus music by Venezuelan composer Diana Arismendi, by American Composers Nancy Galbraith and Richard Yardumian plus many more.



    This Wednesday, November 23, 2011 from 11:00am till 1:00PM


    will continue on the Avant-Garde Edition

    More music from American Continent like
    Ballad Nocturne by American Composer Ann Millikan,
    For Si by American Composer Christian Wolff (1934- )
    plus music by American Composer Missy Mazzoli, Canadian Composer Robert Morin plus many others

    WPRB 103.3 FM or on the internet

  • richardmitnick 7:49 PM on September 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Emerging Talent: Jennifer Castellano 

    Jennifer Castellano Spectrum
    © Jennifer Castellano 2011

    Jennifer Castellano is a wonderful newly emergent composer and pianist. I first became aware of her work via the New Music Master Marvin Rosen at WPRB radio. Marvin and I share a motto, “support living composers”. But, that is all we share: Marvin is a talented pianist, radio host, and teacher. I am just a listener.

    So, some time ago at Classical Discoveries, Marvin’s Wednesday program at WPRB, I learned about Ms. Castellano. I heard some of her music and I was overjoyed. Now, she has a self produced CD, Spectrum , available at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jennifercastellano .

    About Jennifer:

    New York Women Composers

    “Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts in Music at Manhattanville College and a Master of Music at Purchase College. She has studied classical piano with Donna DeAngelis, Catherine Coppola, and Flora Kuan. Teachers of composition include Mary Ann Joyce-Walter, Huang Ruo and Joel Thome. Besides her great love of birds, many of her compositions reveal her philosophy regarding the similarities between sound and color as well as music and visual imagery. Such works include Spectrum: Seven Preludes for Piano and Bionic Birds, an electronic, audio-visual presentation. Jennifer is a member of Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, Piano Society and is Secretary/PR Coordinator for New York Women Composers.”

    From Jennifer’s own web site:

    Jennifer, who is both visually and hearing impaired, is a member of the Association of Adult Musicians with Hearing Loss, Piano Society, ASCAP and serves as Secretary/PR Coordinator for New York Women Composers. She is a member of the music faculty of The Mike Risko Music School and is a member of the recreation staff applying music therapy techniques at Sunshine Children’s Home & Rehabilitation Center, a nursing facility that specializes in the care and treatment of medically complex children who require post acute, rehabilitive care.

    Jennifer and friends

    Now, I am not a musician, musicologist or critic. I am just a listener. But, I can say that I have listened to the tracks and I find them to be really wonderful.

    I asked Jennifer to send me her liner notes for this album. Here is what she has to say:

    To Scriabin (2003)
    In fall of 2003, the music and ideas of Russian pianist and composer, Alexander Scriabin (1872-1915), inspired me to write To Scriabin. This particular piece was my way to pay him homage as he was one of my musical influences. He based many of his later compositions on a chord which he called the “mystic” chord (spelled C F-sharp, B-flat, E, A, D). This composition is based on this same six-note chord.

    Sketches (2009)
    Sketches is a collection of three piano pieces, each suggesting a general image or picture to the listener. The work was written for Max Lifchitz, pianist, composer, conductor and founder of North/South Consonance, an organization devoted to performance and recording of contemporary music from the Americas. Max gave the world premiere performance of Sketches in April 2010 at Christ and St. Stephen’s Church in New York City. The first piece in the collection, “Escapade”, is a playful piece that takes the listener on a lighthearted adventure. The next piece, “Daydream”, is more relaxed and carries this title because of the manner in which ideas came to me. The last piece, “Tarantella”, is my way of paying homage to my Italian roots. The tarantella, is a lively, whirling southern Italian dance for couples usually in 6/8 time.

    The Castle at Sunrise (2003)
    The Castle at Sunrise refers to the magnificent castle located on the Manhattanville College campus in Purchase, NY. The Castle is called Reid Hall, as it was formerly owned by Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912), a politician and journalist who served as editor, president and chairman of The New York Tribune.

    Conflicting Colors (2004)
    Conflicting Colors was inspired by a painting, Contrasting Sounds, by the Russian abstract artist, Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944). This work was my first exploration of color and sound. The idea of colors conflicting is illustrated by the black keys of the piano sounding simultaneously against the white keys.

    From a Dream (2002)
    From a Dream is the first piano piece I wrote when I began composition studies with my first teacher of composition, Mary Ann Joyce-Walter. The main idea which forms the basis of this piece, came to me in a dream that I had the year before the work was written.

    Spectrum – Seven Preludes for Piano (2006)
    Spectrum, Seven Preludes for Piano was inspired by Spectrum V by American artist, Ellsworth Kelly (b. 1923). The work consists of thirteen large panels, each contained a different color or shade of color. To me this work was a visual representation of a chromatic scale played one full octave up the piano keyboard. I decided that I wanted to make an audio representation of the seven colors of the rainbow, each represented by a different tonality or pitch center: A being red, B orange, C yellow, D green, E blue, F indigo, and G violet.”

    Visit Jennifer’s album page at cdbaby and sample the tracks. Then, if you enjoy what you hear, support this living composer. She has a great future.

  • richardmitnick 10:43 PM on April 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    My Music Sources 

    These are my sources for music and information. If you have any suggestions for me, I would appreciate seeing them in Comments.

    All About Jazz – For all of the news of the Jazz world


    American Mavericks – A history of serious music in America from Minnesota Public Radio


    American Composers Forum – Fostering artistic and professional development


    Bang On A Can – At the heart of the Downtown New York New Music scene


    Blue Note Records – an iconic Jazz label still putting out great recordings


    Cantaloupe Music – the recording arm of Bang On a Can


    Classical Discoveries – Marvin Rosen’s Wednesday survey of great new music and the avantgarde on WPRB, Princeton, NJ


    Cuneiform Records – great taste in new music


    ECM – possibly the finest recording company in the world


    The GreeneSpace, the live presentation space of New York Public Radio with programming from WNYC, WQXR, and Q2


    Hearts of Space – Stephen Hill’s great weekly mix of music for relaxation, contemplation, mediation, and…
    This is a paid service.


    Innova – creating an environment for new compostion and musical maturation.
    The recording arm of American Composers Forum


    Live365 – niche audio streaming – any genre or sub-genre you want. This is a paid service.


    New Amsterdam Records – “…a non-profit-model record label and artists’ service organization that supports the public’s engagement with new music by composers and performers whose work grows from the fertile ground between genres….”


    NPR/music – Jazz, Classical, interviews, news, concerts, “first listens”, artist profiles


    Q2 on the internet, “for the new music we crave” the home of New Music


    WBGO bringing Jazz from Newark, NJ to the world


    WNYC – the home of John Schaefer’s Soundcheck and New Sounds programs


    WPRB, Community Radio, Princeton, NJ
    For the most serious presentation of Classical music and the most erudite presentations of Jazz


  • richardmitnick 7:47 PM on December 16, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Classical Discoveries Special Programming: “ALAN HOVHANESS – 100TH BIRTHDAY MARATHON” 

    This is not to be missed.

    Our great teacher Marvin Rosen will present a 24 hour marathon dedicated to the music of the Maestro Alan Hovhaness. Marvin is a Hovhaness specialist without peer.

    Marvin Rosen

    The title of the presentation is MOUNTAINS AND RIVERS WITHOUT END

    This broadcast at 103.3 FM and the web stream from WPRB starts SUNDAY, DECEMBER 26, 2010 – 7:00 pm and ends
    MONDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2010 – 7:00 pm

    We cannot fail to thanks the veteran radio on-air hosts who have stood aside to allow this incredible special to take place.

    Be there, Aloha!

    • Dave 11:33 AM on January 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      We managed to catch some of this marathon. Thank you Mr. Rosin! Fans of this composer, and I am fast becoming one, may be interested to know that there is a dedicated Alan Hovhaness centennial website at http://www.hovhanesscentennial.com


  • richardmitnick 6:04 PM on December 13, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Denver Post:”Classical music is going new places to lure new faces” 

    A very interesting article at the Denver Post about the future of Classical Music..

    The article speaks about both people and places. Not surprising, a fair amount of new success is found in New Music and in the venues that support it.

    Just some bullets from the artilce to entice you:

    Le Poisson Rouge
    Sarah Kirkland Snider
    Present Music
    New Amsterdam Records

    And, hey, it’s Denver. There is a lot more going on. Look back to my post
    Some of the other successful new groups are noted.

    And, by all means, listen to Q2 from WQXR.
    Listen also the Marvin Rosen’s Classical Discoveries every Wednesday morning at WPRB, Princeton, NJ

    See the Denver Post article here.

  • richardmitnick 2:36 PM on November 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Daniel Bernard Roumain Makes It to All About Jazz 

    By Mark Saleski and copyright AAJ Something Else, so just a taste here.


    “Not long after receiving Etudes 4 Violin & Electronix, I got up one morning before the alarm went off, and settled myself down to some coffee. The idea was to catch up on the reading material that had stacked up over the past few months. What ended up happening over the next 10 minutes or so was that I stared a hole through an advertisement featuring a reproduction of Edward Hopper’s painting “Nighthawks.”

    Hopper’s artwork has always resonated with me. There’s just something about how he perfectly captures an instant in time, giving the viewer a scene that’s visually pregnant, just begging for an explanation. Each painting tells a story or, at the very least, implies one. It’s that story implication that makes the painting so rich. Every viewer becomes part of the story, providing their own details

    There are definitely parallels in the music world. When a piece of music succeeds, it does indeed tell a story. The framework presented by the composition gives the listener the opportunity to extend the themes, if not provide resolutions.

    Each time I listen to this Daniel Bernard Roumain recording, much like the “Nighthawks” experience, my local attention dissolves as I float up into the world of its possibilities. Collaborating with the likes of DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid, Peter Gordon, Ryuichi Sakamoto, DJ Scientific, and Phillip Glass, Roumain conjures up a set of tales that manage to stand on their own as well as nest comfortably together.”

    Read the rest of Mr. Saleski’s article here.

    Postscript: I met Mr Roumain, “DBR” to the cognoscenti, at WPRB when he was interviewed on Marvin Rosen’s Classical Discoveries radio prorgam. He is one heck of a violonist and a really nice guy to boot.

  • richardmitnick 8:28 PM on August 19, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    John Meets Marvin – I’d Love to Be A Fly On The Wall 

    John Meets Marvin – I’d Love to Be A Fly On The Wall

    I have some of my best – or worst – ideas while out on my exercise walks. Here is my latest:

    I would love to be present when John Schaefer of WNYC’s New Sounds and Soundcheck and Marvin Rosen of WPRB’s Classical Discoveries and Classical Discoveries Goes Avantgarde might meet.

    John Schaefer is the absolute impresario of New Music in New York City, maybe now, with the internet, the whole wide world. I have been listening to John it seems forever. New Sounds took me from my father’s world of Beethoven through Copland to the heights of the late 20th century with Arvo Pärt, Sir John Tavener, the Turtle Island Quartet, Steve Reich, Philip Glass and oh so many more great artists and composers. These days, Soundcheck is the key destination for artists and composers both new and not so new. It was on John’s Soundcheck celebration of New Sounds’ 20th anniversary that the Turtle Island guys said and I paraphrase, no New Sounds, no Turtle Island. I still have a copy of the 1985 interview with Steve Reich from the broadcast premier of the Desert Music.

    John Schaefer

    Marvin Rosen is the impresario of the Classical Discoveries web site. His two programs Classical Discoveries and Classical Discoveries Goes Avantgarde are a constant education. One of Marvin’s mottos, identical with mine, is “support living composers”. On Marvin’s longer programs this Summer, he has hosted extended interviews with Maya Beiser, Jennifer Castellano, Piffaro – The Rennaisance Band, Ethel, guitarist and Princeton University Professor Steve Mackey, Innova’s Philip Blackburn, and Barbara Harbach. What? You don’t know who some of them are? Tune in every Wednesday from about 6:00AM-3:00PM during the rest of this Summer and you will surely learn who they are and get a fuller education. Marvin is Dr Marvin Rosen, member of the Arts Faculty at Westminster Conservatory.


    If I had to thank John for one composer, it would be Arvo Pärt. When I went all digital, I had to rip 16 CD’s to .mp3 .
    From Marvin, it would be Alan Hovhaness. By this time, I was buying albums in .mp3 from Amazon. Right now, the number is nine, but we are still counting.

    There is no way to thank these guys for the abundance of educational material they present to the listener each and every week.

  • richardmitnick 8:30 PM on March 28, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Marvin Rosen Presents “Sacred Bridges” 

    Marvin Rosen Presents “Sacred Bridges”

    Marvin Rosen will be presenting a special program of sacred music on WPRB Tuesday, March 30, 2010.

    Sacred Bridges

    The program will be aired and streamed beginning at 5:30AM and running until 11:00AM

    Marvin says the program “…focuses on music from multiple religious traditions rather than just one, and explores the elements that make music an international language….”

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