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  • richardmitnick 3:43 AM on March 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From WPRB: All Vinyl Week 

    WPRB 103.3FM or wprb.com

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    From 6am on Monday, March 26th ’til the last show on Sunday night, tune in and boogie with us!! YEAH!!! INVITE YOUR FRIENDS !!!

    See the full article here .

    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

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    Stem Education Coalition

    For new music by living composers

    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio

    For great Jazz
    WPRB

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm

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  • richardmitnick 2:08 PM on March 14, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    From Robert and Victoria Sirota: Composer Robert Sirota’s Wave Upon Wave 

    Robert Sirota with Victoria Sirota


    Robert and Victoria Sirota

    Composer Robert Sirota’s Wave Upon Wave

    Wave Upon Wave is the third string quartet in a trilogy spanning fifteen years, which Sirota began in 2002 with Triptych, an extended meditation on 9/11. Sirota’s second string quartet, American Pilgrimage, celebrates the rich diversity of the American landscape and the American spirit, and was completed in spring 2016.

    Sirota says, “Each of the string quartets in my trilogy is in essence a long journal entry reflecting a response to our times. Now, given the uncertainty of this moment in our history, rife with threats of tyranny, environmental catastrophe, and the human potential for evil, I find myself turning inward to examine the topography of the human heart: our vast potential for creative energy, idealism and altruism. Wave Upon Wave is about our fears, our hopes, and our prayers that we will triumph over the forces of darkness which threaten to overwhelm us.”

    Performed by the Telegraph Quartet
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    San Francisco Conservatory of Music’s Quartet-in-Residence and Winner of the 2016 Naumburg Chamber Music Award

    Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 4pm
    Caroline H. Hume Concert Hall
    50 Oak Street | San Francisco, CA
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    Free Admission. More information is available at: http://www.sfcm.edu/events/telegraph-quartet-0

    Robert Sirota: http://www.robertsirota.com
    Telegraph Quartet: http://www.telegraphquartet.com

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    Please help promote STEM in your local schools.

    STEM Icon

    Stem Education Coalition


    For new music by living composers
    newsounds.org from New York Public Radio

    For great Jazz
    WPRB

    Dan Buskirk Spinning Jazz Mondays 11:00AM-1:00PM
    Will Constantine Jr, Blues Bop and Beyond Thursdays 11:00-2:00 featuring Latin Jazz
    Jerry Gordon Serenade to a Cookoo Frdays 11:00AM-2:00PM with Jerry’s Room at 1:00Pm
    Jeannie Becker Sunday Jazz 10:00AM-1:00Pm

    About Robert Sirota:
    Over four decades, composer Robert Sirota has developed a distinctive voice, clearly discernible in all of his work – whether symphonic, choral, stage, or chamber music. Writing in the Portland Press Herald, Allan Kozinn asserts: “Sirota’s musical language is personal and undogmatic, in the sense that instead of aligning himself with any of the competing contemporary styles, he follows his own internal musical compass.”

    Robert Sirota’s works have been performed by orchestras across the US and Europe; ensembles such as Alarm Will Sound, Sequitur, yMusic, Chameleon Arts, and Dinosaur Annex; the Chiara, American, Ethel, Elmyr, and Blair String Quartets; the Peabody, Concord, and Webster Trios; and at festivals including Tanglewood, Aspen, Yellow Barn, and Cooperstown music festivals; Bowdoin Gamper and Bowdoin International Music Festival; and Mizzou International Composers Festival. Recent and upcoming commissions include the American Guild of Organists, the American String Quartet, Alarm Will Sound, the Naumburg Foundation, Concert Artists of Baltimore, and yMusic.

    Recipient of grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, United States Information Agency, National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and the American Music Center, Sirota’s works are recorded on the Capstone, Albany, New Voice, Gasparo and Crystal labels. His music is published by Muzzy Ridge Music, Schott, Music Associates of New York, MorningStar, Theodore Presser, and To the Fore.

    A native New Yorker, Sirota studied at Juilliard, Oberlin, and Harvard and divides his time between New York and Searsmont, Maine with his wife, Episcopal priest and organist Victoria Sirota. They frequently collaborate on new works, with Victoria as librettist and performer, at times also working with their children, Jonah and Nadia, both world-class violists.

    About Victoria Sirota:
    Victoria R. Sirota, Episcopal priest, lecturer, author and organist, holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Boston University and Harvard Divinity School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. She has taught at Yale Divinity School, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, and Boston University. Former National Chaplain for the American Guild of Organists, Chair of the Professional Concerns Committee for the Association of Anglican Musicians, and Coordinator of the 1990 National AGO Convention in Boston, she is the author of articles, reviews and texts for hymns, cantatas and song cycles. She is recorded on Northeastern, Gasparo and Albany Records and her book Preaching to the Choir: Claiming the Role of Sacred Musician is available from Church Publishing. Previous positions include Vicar of the Church of the Holy Nativity in Baltimore, MD, and Canon Pastor and Vicar at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. She has given recitals in Paris, Germany and the United States, and has preached and given workshops at AGO, AAM, UCCMA and ALCM conventions. Recent collaborations with her husband composer Robert Sirota include Prelude and Spiritual for Mother Emanuel for soprano, chorus, piano and strings (2015), and A Call for the Battle to Cease (2017) for piano, orchestra and choir. The Reverend Canon Sirota is currently Priest-in-Charge at Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Getty Square, Yonkers, NY.

     
  • richardmitnick 3:49 PM on January 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    From JAZZCORNER.com: “KEITH JARRETT TO RETURN TO CARNEGIE HALL FOR SOLO PIANO CONCERT” 

    KEITH JARRETT – SOLO PIANO

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    “An Evening of Piano Improvisations
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 – 8:00 PM

    CARNEGIE HALL
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage

    Keith Jarrett returns to New York’s Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 8:00 PM to perform one his rare solo piano concerts. The concert will feature an entire evening of solo piano improvisations.”

    See the full post here.

    While you are at it, check out these wonderful interviews of Keith Jarrett at WNYC.

    An Hour With Keith Jarrett – Produced and hosted by Sara Fishko May 29, 2003

    A Conversation with Keith Jarrett – John Schaefer, New Sounds PGM 56 April 13, 1987
    Recorded at Keith’s home in New Jersey

     
  • richardmitnick 7:52 AM on December 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Soundcheck at WNYC: “Thirty Years of John” Schaefer 

    On Friday, December 2, 2011, New York Public Radio celebrated JS-30, 30 years of John Schaefer at WNYC. It was 30 years ago that John’s New Sounds program got going. In 2002, WNYC, moving away from daytime music programming to talk, called on John to keep music as a subject in the afternoon with Soundcheck.

    You can view the video, just under 2 hours, here at the Soundcheck page for December 15, 2011. I hope you enjoy it.

     
  • richardmitnick 1:04 PM on December 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From ALLAN KOZINN in The New York Times: “Club Kids Are Storming Music Museums” 

    As New Composers Flourish, Where Will They Be Heard?

    This article is copyright protected, so just a couple of notes.

    “…the world of young, inventive and often populist composers is exploding…These young composers may hold the key to classical music’s future, and the future they create might not be what you expect. Increasingly they have come to consider the machinations of the big-ticket musical organizations — and debates about how to get them to accommodate new music — as beside the point….”

    This article is an in depth look at the new serious music universe. This universe includes the new composers themselves, their record labels (or the lack of them) and the venues which they find amenable to their musical pursuits. Among the labels mentioned are “…New Amsterdam, Cantaloupe and Tzadik, all composer run and stylistically freewheeling….” To this list, I might add Innova, from American Composers Forum, St Paul, MN.

    Among the venues we find Le Poisson Rouge, Cornelia Street Café, Galapagos, The Stone, Issue Project Room, Roulette, all in New York City. Composers noted in the article include Nico Muhly, Missy Mazzoli, Du Yun, Judd Greenstein, Caleb Burhans, and Bryce Dessner. The only groups I saw noted were ETHEL and Victoire. But others which might have been included are ACME, ICE, yMusic, eighth blackbird, and itsnotyouitsme.

    Not at all mentioned in the article (if I missed it, I hope that someone will correct me), is New York Public Radio’s 24/7 New Music web stream Q2. This stream takes these and other composers and musicians out to a wide world, with an international listenership. A stand-out at Q2 is the work of Nadia Sirota. She hosts a four hour program which includes several themes, e.g, Hope Springs Atonal. Her program streams at noon and midnight. Two other standout focused programs are Hammered! which is concerned with keyboard music, and The New Canon.Also important to the success of what has been called “New Music” are two programs on WNYC, New York Public Radio’s original outlet service. For thirty years, John Schaefer has been bringing new composer to the public on the nightly program New Sounds. For a somewhat shorter time, we have been able to hear them on John’s other program, Soundcheck.

    Something that I personally would like to see added into the mix for New Music would be the advent of long form music videocast. The best examples I can cite for this are three videos produced by and for ICE, which were made available at Q2. Just to give one example, the music of Steve Lehman in a 46 minute video can be found here. I just actually searched this up also at Google Video here. Both of these examples are free to the public.But, I would personally like to see these videos made available at the music groups’ web sites, based upon a membership fee for a user id and password, and then some sort of fee, maybe $5 or $10 as a “ticket” price. This would greatly universalize the availability of musical experience to populations living no where near to actual concert events. To whit: ICE just did a heavily promoted concert in Chicago. But, I am in New Jersey. I might be very interested in that musical experience. So, if it were made available from a videocast archive, and if I was registered with ICE, I could pay a small “ticket” price and have that experience.

    This is a huge and important article. The items I note as missing from the article do not in any way diminish its thesis or importance. See the full article here.

     
  • richardmitnick 6:47 AM on November 18, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    John Schaefer’s “New Sounds” – 30 Years and Still Relevant 

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    Composer Ben Frost, Brian Eno, & host John Schaefer ((WNYC/Caryn Havlik))

    You cannot get more “today” than Ben Frost, member of Bedroom Community. What? You don’t know Bedroom Community? Check them out with the supplied link.

    If Brian Eno is your guy, you are in good company.

    Thanks, John, for 30 great years. I just caught PGM 2067, the 20th anniversary show, on my Zune. It used to be a lot of work to get those shows, recording them. Now, with RSS feeds to tell us what is going on, and downloads, it is a snap.

     
  • richardmitnick 12:41 PM on November 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    JS30 – Celebrating 30 Years of John Schaefer at WNYC 

    JS-30: CELEBRATING THREE DECADES OF JOHN SCHAEFER
    Friday, December 2 at 8 PM

    Come celebrate Soundcheck and New Sounds host John Schaefer, as he marks 30 years on the air at WNYC.
    Join us for an evening of live music with special guests and heartfelt memories, emceed by Grammy Award-winning singer Angelique Kidjo. With special guests Laurie Anderson, ETHEL String Quartet, Simone Dinnerstein and others.

    The Greene Space at WNYC
    44 Charlton St. (at Varick)


    A more recent photo

    Tickets: $30 at thegreenespace.org
    Includes access to the after-party

     
  • richardmitnick 7:06 AM on October 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From New Sounds Live and Q2: “Live Webcast: Mos Def and The Brooklyn Philharmonic” 

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    On October 12 at 7 p.m., Q2 Music presents a live audio Webcast of the Brooklyn Philharmonic from the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center performing music by Mos Def, Frederic Rzewski, Lev Zhurbin, David T. Little and Corey Dargel. The concert, a co-presentation of WNYC’s New Sounds Live with John Schaefer, features a preview of the orchestra’s upcoming season, the first under the energized stewardship of their new conductor, Alan Pierson.


    John Schaefer

    The program features a fresh, multi-dimensional approach to vocal repertoire with the versatile hip hop-icon Mos Def joining the Brooklyn Philharmonic on stage for arrangements of his songs by composer-clarinetist Derek Bermel; Rzewski’s provocative setting of letters from Sam Melville, an inmate at the infamous Attica State Prison; 19th Century shape note singing; and the pop-art songs of singer-songwriter Corey Dargel. Additional performers include new-music stalwart Mellissa Hughes and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

    Mos Def (arr. Derek Bermel): Life in Marvelous Times (2008) and other songs
    David T. Little: excerpt from Am I Born (2011)
    Lev Zhurbin: excerpt from Only Love (2008)
    Frederic Rzewski: Coming Together (1972)
    Corey Dargel: What Might Have Been (2010)

    Q2 is the 24/7 New Music Stream from New York Public Radio

     
  • richardmitnick 10:36 AM on October 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    From Q2 Music and New Sounds Live 

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    Q2 is the 24/7 New Music Stream from New York Public Radio

    “On October 12 at 7 p.m., Q2 Music presents a live audio Webcast of the Brooklyn Philharmonic from the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center performing music by Mos Def, Frederic Rzewski, Lev Zhurbin, David T. Little and Corey Dargel. The concert, a co-presentation of WNYC’s New Sounds Live with John Schaefer, features a preview of the orchestra’s upcoming season, the first under the energized stewardship of their new conductor, Alan Pierson.


    John Schaefer

    The program features a fresh, multi-dimensional approach to vocal repertoire with the versatile hip hop-icon Mos Def joining the Brooklyn Philharmonic on stage for arrangements of his songs by composer-clarinetist Derek Bermel; Rzewski’s provocative setting of letters from Sam Melville, an inmate at the infamous Attica State Prison; 19th Century shape note singing; and the pop-art songs of singer-songwriter Corey Dargel. Additional performers include new-music stalwart Melissa Hughes and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.

    See the full article here.

     
  • 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

    http://www.allaboutjazz.com/

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

    http://www.musicmavericks.org/

    American Composers Forum – Fostering artistic and professional development

    http://www.composersforum.org/

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

    https://www.bangonacan.org/

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

    http://www.bluenote.com/

    Cantaloupe Music – the recording arm of Bang On a Can

    http://www.cantaloupemusic.com/

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

    http://classicaldiscoveries.org/

    Cuneiform Records – great taste in new music

    http://www.cuneiformrecords.com/

    ECM – possibly the finest recording company in the world

    http://www.ecmrecords.com

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

    http://www.wnyc.org/thegreenespace/

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

    http://www.hos.com

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

    http://innova.mu

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

    http://www.live365.com

    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….”

    https://www.newamsterdamrecords.com

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

    http://www.npr.org/music

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

    http://www.wqxr.org/q2

    WBGO bringing Jazz from Newark, NJ to the world

    http://www.wbgo.org

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

    http://www.wnyc.org

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

    http://www.wprb.com

     
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