Gutbucket are a four-piece band from Brooklyn who, in the words of Chris Barton of the LA Times, work “a jagged yet fertile seam between jazz and rock.” This past May, they played at REDCAT – the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater in the Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles – with […]
Last Thursday, a remarkable world premiere took place in Christchurch, New Zealand, of a new work by an eight-year-old composer, Bob Gaudin, which depicts his experience of the earthquake that struck the city in February. From the web site of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra: Bob was practising with his band in his school music […]
Young composer Jared Richardson was profiled this past weekend in the Times Colonist newspaper in Canada. Having only started composing a couple of years ago, this 17-year-old high school student has had a piece read by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at a free public performance this past Monday. The piece, Riders of the West, was […]
The Herald, a national newspaper in Scotland, this week told the story of former Royal Scottish National Orchestra trombonist Bryan Free’s quest to revive a long-lost trombone concerto by the almost-forgotten composer Nathaniel Shilkret, a 15-year journey that ends tonight with the piece’s UK premiere in Edinburgh. Bryan worked on restoring the score and parts […]
It’s always a thrill to hear about Sibelius being used by young musicians starting out in composition, so it was a delight to receive an email from Walt Boyer, specialist music teacher at Atwater Elementary School in Shorewood, Wisconsin, about his school’s involvement in Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra‘s Arts in Community Education programme, which this year […]
LCO New: Explore ‘Inspired by Architecture’ is a composition scheme run by London Chamber Orchestra, in partnership with the East Festival (@eastfestival on Twitter) and Queen Mary University of London. Following a Study Day for music students in November 2009, which featured talks from prominent architects and composers – a video from which is embedded above, […]
One of the most remarkable uses of Sibelius I have ever heard of is the collaboration between The Bays, The Heritage Orchestra, and composer/improvisers Simon Hale and John Metcalfe.
If you’ve got a bit of time to spare, this paper by Mark Marrington, delivered at the Coventry University National Music Performance Symposium on 10 June, is a fascinating read on the role that technology can play in musical performance. Marrington’s paper takes as its jumping off point the legal spat between the New York […]