I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I don't envy composers. In addition to working long hours in relative isolation, the life of a young composer can sometimes seem pretty demoralizing; like actors, composers are constantly applying for various positions and experiencing rejection. Grants, festivals, teaching positions, awards, all of these plaudits are achieved via an application process that can feel extremely elusive.
Thirteen years ago, several young composers banded together to create the MATA Festival, a chance to exhibit the works of young, not-yet-established composers from around the world in a community-building festival. MATA is kind of genius at penetrating the sometimes isolating world of creating and applying and curating a joyous event that brings people together.
This year, MATA will bring even more people together through its partnership with Q2!
Not only are we bringing you a LIVE audio Webcast of Wednesday evening's MATA show, I'll be spending this week's show highlighting some fab composers from MATA's past and present.
As a BONUS treat (as if that weren't enough) I'll have the stupendous Angélica Negrón in studio Monday to chat about her past work and her new commission, which premieres on Wednesday's concert.
Yeah, this week is pretty spectacular, so I hope you can tune in!