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One of the best ways I have to positively impact the music community is to ask myself what I need, as an artist, and then to develop a way to address that need that also serves others.
Composer Nico Muhly is a rabid communicator whose personality factors massively in his work. Nico lives his life out loud, and his music is stunning, hilarious, touching, and brilliant.
Nico's community is a massive factor in his life. He is very much "in touch," sending emails from the profane to the profound to literally hundreds of people a day.
Hear a piece of music you loved in the show? Click for a complete breakdown of all the music in Episode Ten – Nico Muhly: Community Theater.
Nico has worked with film directors, librettists, clarinet players and choreographers, and has written arrangements for an impressive roster of bands and songwriters.
Nico grew up in Providence, but spent odd corridors of his youth abroad, acquiring languages quickly and setting the tone for his current, punishing travel schedule.
Some composers take you into another world, far removed but instantly recognizable. Today at 11, Phil Kline celebrates the birthday of one such composer: Olivier Messiaen.
There are many fantastic musicians for whom playing an instrument is not enough – these musicians must create, and some of them turn out to be amazing composers.
Friday, Oct. 16, conductor George Manahan led the American Composers Orchestra in an evening of four world premieres, including works by Judd Greenstein and Angélica Negrón.
Percussion trio Tigue exemplifies the increasingly rare DIY aesthetic that was once Brooklyn's signature sound. Their "Peaks" is a product of community, and a really fun listen.
Moved by the orchestra's recording of John Luther Adam's "Become Ocean," pop superstar Taylor Swift has donated $50,000 to the Seattle Symphony.
On October 21, 2015 ensemble Off the Cliff and the Eco-Music Big Band roared in an evening of Latin and avant-garde jazz at DROM for SONiC Afterhours.
September 12, 2015, in a program geared toward children age nine and up, the Lucerne Festival Academy alumni premiered Tod Machover's multimedia "Fensadense."
Each weekday this week at 11 am, we're counting down of the greatest 50 pieces of the last 20 years as chosen by our listeners. We'll bring in 2016 with the #1 choice.
"Transient Glory III" offers a glimpse of what makes the Young People's Chorus of New York City such outstanding interpreters with music by Meredith Monk, John Corigliano and more.
What does it mean for a piece of classical music to be considered contemporary, or new? Vote now and help change the rules of Q2 Music's 5th annual new-music countdown.
This week’s Meet the Composer Bonus Track is a world premiere recording of Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s "Scape," performed by pianist Cory Smythe of the International Contemporary Ensemble.
Billed as a contemporary baroque opera, Shara Worden's You Us We All draws upon everything from Monteverdi to pop as it explores a rite of passage to find meaning in the modern world.
October 22, Alarm Will Sound performed at Merkin Concert Hall for the 2015 SONiC Festival.
Join us all day Tuesday, Nov. 24 for a pre-Thanksgiving sonic horn of plenty with 24 hours of music of subtly ever-shifting, unstoppable change.