Composer and drummer John Hollenbeck seems most content when faced with musical uncertainty of any sort. In this article he discusses his composing process, the challenges of organizing tours both in the U.S. and abroad, his thoughts on genre definitions, the role of spirituality in his music, and more.
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Musically, David T. Little is not afraid to get in your face. Drawing from an eclectic stylistic palette as he tackles an equally diverse roster of topics—from fossil fuels to the experiences of soldiers at war and at home—he demonstrates himself to be an artist with open ears and passionate convictions.
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Video presentation by Molly Sheridan
At first, the artistic alliance of Oscar and Grammy award-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz with operatic soprano Lauren Flanigan seems unlikely, but the seeds of their eventual collaboration were actually planted in the beginnings of their respective careers forty years ago, when Schwartz wrote the score for the hit musical Godspell and Flanigan, then 12 years old, made her debut in a production of Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw. Without revealing too much about Séance on a Wet Afternoon, Schwartz's opera starring Flanigan (since both insisted it should remain a surprise until after the run at New York City Opera this month), they reveal a great deal about themselves, the creative process, and the state of both musical theatre and opera today.
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While many people think the blurring of categories and the advent of performing units described as "bandsembles" are signs of a cutting edge new millennium aesthetic, a man named Mikel Rouse has been making music this way for over 30 years.
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While the passage of time has seen Gamelan Son of Lion founder Barbara Benary's compositional aesthetics evolve from post-Cagean conceptualism to minimalism to an eclectic polystylism, she comes to everything she does in music with the generosity of a great parent.
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