1. Aaron Parks: Make Me Believe A Melody


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    Before his 18th birthday, Aaron Parks had released four CDs. After a five-year stint with Terence Blanchard and now 30, he participates in a wide array of musical endeavors, from his own polyglot material to guesting on an indie-rock album and collaborating with Korean-born vocalist Yeahwon Shin. In everything he does, he is fully present. In this video presentation created by Alexandra Gardner, Aaron Parks tells Frank J. Oteri about recovering from "child prodigy" syndrome, what attracts him to specific musical projects, and what he feels is the most important goal toward which a musician should aspire. For more details about Aaron Parks, read Frank J. Oteri's essay on NewMusicBox, go to: http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/aaron-parks-make-me-believe-a-melody/

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    • Kamala Sankaram


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      Like many music makers of her generation, Kamala Sankaram creates and performs work which is an amalgamation of a wide range of musical traditions. But at the root of everything she does, there is usually a strong sense of narrative. Most recently, she took on the most vaunted form of “dramma per musica”—opera—with Thumbprint, which was one of the highlights of the 2014 Prototype Festival. On January 30, 2014, Kamala Sankaram spoke with Frank J. Oteri about her various musical activities; video footage filmed by Spencer McCormick, edited by Molly Sheridan. To read the essay about Kamala Sankaram by Frank J. Oteri, go to NewMusicBox: http://bit.ly/McNmKU.

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      • Eric Nathan: Making It As Clear As Possible


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        While Eric Nathan doesn’t have a secret strategy for garnering so many compositional accolades (top awards from ASCAP, BMI, and SCI, the Rome Prize and a recent commission premiered at the ISCM World New Music Days), he is extremely pragmatic. But Nathan’s music is not just a by-product of honing his compositional skills and being extremely accurate about what he wants to convey on the page. There’s also something of an element of whimsy as well as a deep love for visual art that fuels his creative process. To read Frank J. Oteri's essay about Eric Nathan, goto: http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/eric-nathan-making-it-as-clear-as-possible.

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        • Joseph C. Phillips Jr.: Balancing Act


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          While Joseph C. Phillips Jr.’s music sometimes incorporates improvisation and his ensemble features several prominent jazz musicians, he does not consider himself a jazz composer. An adept multitasker who balances creating music for film, dance, symphonic bands, and his own 25-piece ensemble with teaching music to kindergartners, Phillips creates very clearly 21st-century music—incorporating a broad range of styles while being ultimately beholden to none. Get the full story at: http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/joseph-c-phillips-jr-balancing-act/ Filmed by Alexandra Gardner Edited by Molly Sheridan Poster image by Viscena Photography

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