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Musical New Years Resolutions

I thought we might talk about what musical goals y’all have for the New Year. I know I have some. Last year, inspired by Jay Batzner, I resolved to send out two scores every month–to competitions, calls, or just musicians with whom I have some sort of connection. I am happy to say I met […]

The Sequenza 21/Lost Dog Class Photo

Standing, left-to-right: Garth Sunderland, Emily Brausa, Thomas Piercy, Samuel Andreyev, Jeremy Podgursky, Alex Kotch, Rodney Lister, Rusty Banks, Samuel Vriezen. Kneeling, left-to-right: Christina Perea, Galen Brown, Miranda Cuckson, Laura Barger, David Salvage. The hall was cold; the music was hot. We hope to share the sounds with you soon.

They are Lost Dog

It was clear: the times, they needed a-changin’.  And they needed not just any change, but change folks could believe in.  And so it fell unto the musicians of the Lost Dog New Music Ensemble to stand astride history and say “Yes.”  Generations from now, it will be to this week that historians point as […]

Countdown: David Salvage

Did you learn anything in music school? Or does the phrase “circle of fifths” mean nothing to you? How does one learn “anything”? Doesn’t one learn “something”? “Something” and “anything” really aren’t the same thing, are they? Could you help me out here? What’s your favorite “bad” piece of music? And briefly justify your crappy taste. […]

Countdown: Galen Brown

Y’all know the song. “Down. Town. Galen Brown… Meaner than a–” Galen’s meaner than a… um… he’s meaner than a Boobah. Yes, Galen is meaner than a Boobah.  As you’ll see from his incendiary responses below. Did you learn anything in music school? Or does the phrase “circle of fifths” mean nothing to you? Yes. […]

Countdown: Rusty Banks

Rusty Banks.  Composer. Did you learn anything in music school?  Or does the phrase “circle of fifths” mean nothing to you? Circle of fifths?  I remember that.  Never cared for how it sounded, but it looked good on a T-shirt.  Kinda like Glam Rock Super-group KISS. What’s your favorite “bad” piece of music?  And briefly […]

Gimme More of That Countdown

We continue with Alex Kotch.  Composer. Did you learn anything in music school?  Or does the phrase “circle of fifths” mean nothing to you? Sure, there’s plenty to learn. Orchestration and taking apart scores are essential, and stuff I sometimes put off if I don’t have an institution to force them on me. But probably the […]

Countdown: Samuel Vriezen

The Countdown continues. Samuel Vriezen.  Composer.  From The Netherlands. Did you learn anything in music school? Or does the phrase “circle of fifths” mean nothing to you? Louis Andriessen taught me to use a double barline whenever there is a tempo change. Later, though, I started writing pieces in which performers have gradual tempo changes […]

Countdown: Samuel Andreyev

Samuel Andreyev.  Composer.  From Paris.  The photo is copyright Philippe Stirnweiss 2008. Did you learn anything in music school?  Or does the phrase “circle of fifths” mean nothing to you? I learned much at the Paris Conservatoire: beyond the obvious technical competence which everyone must acquire in their own way, I was given the freedom […]

Countdown: Rodney Lister

Rodney Lister.  Composer.  And Boston new music scene insider.  Did you learn anything in music school? It’s been so long ago that I don’t remember. Or does the phrase “circle of fifths” mean nothing to you? If it did would that mean I’d have learned anything? (Of course I did–I learned a fair amount about […]