1. Most people who play the marimba use four mallets, but Robert Paterson uses six. It makes him laugh when people who see him perform on the instrument this way call him "Edward Mallethands." Though he admits he's not the first percussionist to explore this technique, he might have devoted more of his energies to it than anyone else thus far. Using those extra mallets also seems to exemplify his entire approach to making a successful career in new music. Playing percussion is only one of the many things that he does. With his wife, Victoria Paterson, a concert violinist, he runs a new music ensemble in New York City—American Modern Ensemble—as well as a small, independent record label, the similarly named American Modern Recordings. He also conducts from time to time. But above and beyond everything, he's a composer. For him, all of these activities are intimately connected.

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  2. Shara Worden is arguably one of the most prolific collaborators working in music today. In the midst of a torrent of recent activity, Worden has additionally written and recorded a new set of her own original songs, All Things Will Unwind, released by Asthmatic Kitty Records under the moniker of her chief creative vehicle, the band My Brightest Diamond. But unlike the group’s previous two full-length albums, here Worden eschews the former prominence of the guitar-bass-drums configuration, and instead substitutes overtly rock sonorities with the instrumental colors of indie chamber sextet yMusic.

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  3. Much is made in the music press of violinist Hilary Hahn's stunning technique, impeccable poise, and unshakable intonation. In that picture of perfection, however, one of her most striking character traits—her seemingly insatiable curiosity—can get a bit lost. Still, though she doesn't flaunt her boundary pushing with unusual concert dress or radical interpretive choices, she resolutely pursues her own interests with care and focus.

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  4. What would happen if Sun Ra, Link Wray, and Stockhausen made a recording together and had King Tubby do a dub mix of it all? Well, it might sound a little like the musical universe of guitarist and composer Roger Kleier.

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  5. Eve Beglarian’s omnivorous eclecticism has its roots in something that is arguably even more telling about her as a creator—it all emanates from a profound love both for language and for sound in and of itself. For her, language is sound, and sound is also language.

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