1. What unifies all of Wadada Leo Smith's projects is what also makes them so different from each other—Smith’s commitment to every musician having an individual sound.

    Video presentation by Molly Sheridan.

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  2. The musical life of composer David Froom is steeped in a sense of community. As a self-described extrovert who derives energy and inspiration from the company of other composers and musicians, he has developed a strong circle of performers and music-making opportunities in the Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area as well as in his St. Mary's City, Maryland home.

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  3. Composer, singer, songwriter Corey Dargel in conversation with Frank J. Oteri.

    All of Corey Dargel's output could potentially appeal to an extremely broad audience, even his most outré experiments in empathy. At the same time, his seemingly simple early songs are filled with embedded complexities and reward with focused listening time and again. Like many other difficult to categorize music creators of his generation, Dargel consistently defies classification.

    Video presentation by Molly Sheridan.

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  4. "I always feel like whatever I'm working on is in response to where I am at the time," Dusman explains, citing not only her concert music, but also her installation work and electroacoustic music. "I'm not trying to write music that's an escape from anything. I'm really trying to write music that's a reflection on the contemporary moment."

    It's also a perspective that follows her beyond her compositions. "My goal has been to lead a creative life," Dusman says. Even though the nuts and bolts work of being "a mom, a department chair, a professor, even a composer" can wear a person down, she suggest that "really, if you approach everything as a creative project, it gives you juice."

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  5. Sometimes a composer's personality can speak volumes about the music she or he writes. Tranquility mixed with pointed curiosity fits both the outward persona of Janice Giteck as well as the character of her work. Her compositions, which focus on chamber music but also include orchestral works and film scores, combine the rigor of Western European musical training with a meld of Buddhist, Hasidic, Javanese, and African influences.

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