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This week on SoundNotion, we have our interview with Alarm Will Sound artistic director Alan Pierson. AWS kicked off their collaborative project Alarm System with ‘avant-groove’ trio Medeski Martin and Wood. Plus: Simon Rattle, David Geffen and Nazis.
This week on SoundNotion, the panel is joined by composer Michael Gordon. The third installment of his City Symphonies, *El Sol Caliente* was premiered with the New World Symphony in January and *Michael Gordon + Bach* is at the Miller Theatre Match 12th.
- Composer Michael Gordon joins us.
- The third installment of his City Symphonies El Sol Caliente with filmmaker Bill Morrison premiered in January.
- Miller Theatre if featuring Gordon’s works Hyper and Dry with Michael Gordon + Bach.
- Christoph Eschenbach leaving National Symphony.
- Chinese conductor Long Yu’s Composer 20:20 project.
- ‘New music Youtube’ with I Care if You Listen dot teevee.
This week, we replay our September 2014 interview with composer Scott Wheeler. We discuss writing for voice, and the trials and tribulations of microphones.
- This week on SoundNotion, the panel is joined by composer Scott Wheeler to discuss his new opera Naga co-commissioned by Boston Lyric Opera and Beth Morrison Projects (featured on SN 142, 24 Nov, 2013).
- The work is part the Ouroboros Trilogy of operas around the same characters and folk source material conceived by Charles and Cerise Lim Jacobs that includes the pulitzer-winning work Madame White Snake by Zhou Long plus Wheeler’s Naga and Gilgamesh by Paola Prestini. The completed trilogy will be premiered in a day-long event in 2016.
- Scott also has a new album of orchestral music out on the BMOP label. Crazy Weather is available now and it’s our Pick of the Week.
- Friend of the show Alex Ross has some quibbles with classical music streaming. The SN panel does as well. It’s called METADATA! Alan Pierson on the AWS blog and Bob Shingleton on On An Overgrown Path have some quibbles as well.
- Speaking of quibbles, the BBCdefends its snub of Harrison Birtwistle. We aren’t buying.
- Round three of the recently revamped New Music USA grants project proves that they aren’t afraid to roll with the punches and respond to their stakeholders. This year will feature more funding for smaller projects.
- AND – sigh – Labor issues in Atlanta. A lockout may be imminent – OOPS, scratch that – Atlanta musicians ARE locked out. Drew McManus will keep you up to date.
The New York Philharmonic is looking for a new music director, the Grammys are in, the American Composers Forum announces its 2015 _Champrions of New Music_ awards, and the Minnesota Orchestra is going to Cuba (via Germany for some reason).
This week: NEA gets a raise, Alan Gilbert announces his plans to step down, MMW jams with AWS, US Copyright Office suggests big changes to music licensing, and more.
- NEA – Might get a 2 million dollar raise.
- Alan Gilbert – Stepping down in 2017. #nowhiring
- MMW with AWS – Alarm System ensues.
- American Composers Forum – 2015 National Composition Contest winners.
- US Copyright Office – 245 pages of suggestions on music licensing.