As a co-founder of the New Amsterdam record label and the NOW Ensemble, composer Judd Greenstein thinks deeply about the changes he wants to see in the field and dedicates his time and talents to putting them into action. He is by turns idealistic and pragmatic, motivated by a desire to challenge artists and audiences, but also to keep pace with economic and social developments. "The world that we as composers and performers were operating in expanded exponentially," Greenstein explains. "Now the conversation is with everyone."
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Composer John Luther Adams is the best kind of sonic guide: a humble, innately curious man who uses composition as a way to explore and understand the world around him, regardless of borders real and imagined.
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Video presentation by Molly Sheridan
Coming to the USA from Serbia not only jump started Aleksandra Vrebalov's compositional career early on, it also gave her a whole new context for what it means to be a composer and reshaped her world view about music. As a result of studying in both San Francisco and Ann Arbor and then subsequently moving to New York City, she has a broader understanding of our cultural landscape than most composers who were born here do and has been able to internalize what she describes as "the American kind of pluralism in music." As a result, Vrebalov's own music transformed into a deeply emotional music which, ironically, even though it clearly echoes the centuries-old traditions of her native land, probably would not and could not have been composed if she had stayed there.
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