1. Cornelius Dufallo: Making It Personal

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    "Composing and performing help me discover who I am not only as an artist, but as a human being," says composer and violinist Cornelius Dufallo, who enjoys a richly varied musical career that encompasses music from the realm of avant-garde improvisation to the most exacting fully-notated scores. Read the complete article: http://www.newmusicbox.org/?p=14485

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    • David Froom: Trusting the Connections

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      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. Read the complete article: http://www.newmusicbox.org/?p=13761

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      • Corey Dargel: The Challenges of Empathy

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        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. Read a transcript of the entire conversation at NewMusicBox: http://www.newmusicbox.org/?p=13311

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        • Linda Dusman: Leading a Creative Life

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          "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." Read the full interview at: http://www.newmusicbox.org/?p=13159 Video presentation by Molly Sheridan

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          • Janice Giteck: Music in Mind

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            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. Read the full interview: http://www.newmusicbox.org/?p=12707

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            • Mohammed Fairouz: Cross-Cultural Counterpoint

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              Mohammed Fairouz retains an optimistic outlook as he aspires to create music that carries a larger social meaning. And the 26-year-old composer has managed to garner an extraordinary array of performances for his deeply charged music all over the country—from over 100 art songs to a nearly 80-minute symphony for orchestra, soloists, and a nearly 100-voice chorus. The urgent message that comes across in Fairouz’s music is one of inclusivity and a broadening of cultural horizons. An important source for his music has been his own Arab heritage—he grew up hearing legendary singers Umm Kulthum and Fairuz (no relation) alongside Mozart and Beethoven. In a conversation with Frank J. Oteri for NewMusicBox, Fairouz even describes Schubert—with whom he deeply identifies—as an “Arabic composer” because of Schubert’s devotion to the primacy of the melodic line, also a hallmark of Middle Eastern music. But the American-born Fairouz would contend that his aesthetics are more symptomatic of the multicultural society we now live in. Read the full interview: http://www.newmusicbox.org/?p=12396 Video presentation by Molly Sheridan

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              • Bernard Rands: Complex Beauty

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                Bernard Rands navigates a variety of dualities both in his music and in his personal life. For someone approaching 80-years old, he is amazingly youthful and vigorous. Though he is steadfast in his routines, he's constantly seeking and engaging with new ideas not only from music but also from art and literature. And all of this inevitably shows up in his own music. Read the full interview: http://www.newmusicbox.org/?p=11700 Video presentation by Molly Sheridan

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                • James Falzone—Music Through Other Lenses

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                  James Falzone is not sitting back contentedly watching his star ascend. “One can only do what one wants to do and see what rises,” he suggests. As an accomplished performer, composer, improviser, and educator, Falzone pursues a musical vision rooted in the middle ground between the fully notated world of conservatory-trained musicians and the improvisation-based energy of jazz and creative music. It is a territory he explores with an omnivorous appetite for musical influences and aesthetic directions, whether leading his quartet KLANG through a set of contemporary jazz compositions at a late night haunt, directing liturgical music with the Grace Chicago Consort, or composing for orchestra. Read the full article at: http://www.newmusicbox.org/?p=11635 Video presentation by Molly Sheridan

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                  • John Harbison: Redefining Traditions

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                    Composer John Harbison says that he is trying to "defeat the idea of style." That is, he tries to approach every new composition with completely fresh ears and eyes, working with totally new musical material and strategies well apart from anything that preceded it. He possesses a deep understanding of music, but the richness of his music is also a byproduct of his broad interests beyond music—such as poetry and history—as well as his untiring curiosity about and appreciation for the world in which we live. Read the full interview: http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/john-harbison-redefining-traditions/

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                    • Roger Kleier: Organizing Sound

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                      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. Read the full article: http://www.newmusicbox.org/?p=9545

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