Monday, November 16, 2009
It seems strange to introduce myself as your blogger in Rome, seeing as how I'm currently in CDG airport in Paris. But I’m on my way back to Rome now, where I’ve been living for the past two months as a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome.
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
I am getting very excited about the American premiere of the chorus version of my piece The Little Match Girl Passion, which takes place in The Greene Space and live on WNYC and Q2 with John Schaefer this Sunday night.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Jazz pianist and composer Lucian Ban concludes the story of his recent project ENESCU re-IMAGINED from Merkin Hall. Ban hails from Cluj, Transylvania, Romania, but lives in New York City where he is part of the next generation of performers and composers at the forefront of modern jazz.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Over the past year and a half, WQXR's Nadia Sirota has been working with Meredith Monk and her ensemble on her new performance piece, Songs of Ascension. Sirota interviewed Monk as they prepared to perform as part of this week's Next Wave Festival at BAM.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Jazz pianist and composer Lucian Ban hails from Cluj, Transylvania, Romania, but currently lives in New York City where is part of the next generation of performers and composers at the forefront of modern jazz. He tells the story of his upcoming project ENESCU re-IMAGINED at Merkin Hall.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Jazz pianist and composer Lucian Ban hails from Cluj, Transylvania, Romania, but currently lives in New York City where he is part of the next generation of performers and composers at the forefront of contemporary modern jazz. Hear his insights behind the upcoming ENESCU re-IMAGINED concert at Merkin Concert Hall, and check out exclusive photographs and mp3s from the concert's recent world premiere.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Whenever I travel outside of the U.S., I'm always struck by the presence of American music, particularly our popular music. You hear it in hotels, clubs, on cruise ships, etc. People around the world respond viscerally to our music even if they're not English speakers. So on this week's Q2, we'll delve into the roots of American music and take a closer look at the movers and shakers that created its innovative sounds.
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Long before I took my first piano lesson, I was drawn to music. Aside from the sound, I was moved by the effect I saw it having on those around me, especially in church. I was amazed at the gamut of emotions music evoked there, and this curiosity has led to a life-long relationship with music. To this day, I'm just as thrilled and appreciative when I hear incredible, inspiring music, whether it was written centuries ago or earlier this morning.