New Music

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Gabriele Vanoni speaks about his Suggestioni Festival in Boston

After a first edition focusing on Italian composers, the 2011 edition of the Suggestioni Festival will feature Italian performers. This year the Ensemble L’arsenale is the ensemble in residence and the festival program concludes with a concert featuring music by Sciarrino, Costanza, Vaglini, Tadini and Buso. spoke with Gabriele Vanoni, co-founder of the festival, about his artistic vision and the world of contemporary music both in Italy and the US.

Berlin School Kids Compose for Renowned New Music Festival MaerzMusik

Berlin School Kids Compose for Renowned New Music Festival MaerzMusik

It is common knowledge: a school class makes a noise all the time. How annoying! But what does happen if this school class consciously deals with exactly these noises and sounds? The project Querklang – Experimental Composition at School reveals precisely that. It has seized this question and encourages pupils of various schools to create […]

DJ Dubble8 at

I just came across this 50-tracks anthology of free downloads from DJ Dubble 8 aka Erik Spangler, who is one of the two curators of Mobtown Modern. It is hosted on, a new music service that lets you host and share your music across the internet. Here is a short “prelisten” for you:

Harvard Group for New Music Concert – November 7, 2009

Harvard Group for New Music HGNM The Harvard Group for New Music presents a Concert of Contemporary Music Come and listen to new works by Harvard Composers! performed by White Rabbit ensemble-in-residence Sabrina Schroeder// Holding Patterns (for ensemble) Ann Cleare// Dysmorphia (for viola and cello) Bert Van Herck// Reconnected (for alto flute and clarinet) Hannah […]

Un-Music Conference @ Harvard this Week-End

An exciting program with speakers from the US, Canada, Turkey, France, and Italy! Keynote by Jonathan Sterne from McGill University: “Is Music a Thing?” Composers’s Roundtable with Lou Bunk (Brandeis University), Maxwell Dulaney (Brandeis University), Davide Ianni (Boston University), and Adam Roberts (Harvard University). Moderated by Jean-Francois Charles. Details at

Air Fencing on the Viola: Garth Knox plays Barroso

When I wrote my enthusiastic review of Daniel Panner’s performance at the first Fromm Concert Series on February 21, I should have mentioned, that the other great violist of our time, Garth Knox, was performing in the very same hall just one week prior to the Fromm concert.

A Conversation with Erik Spangler and Brian Sacawa from Mobtown Modern

A Conversation with Erik Spangler and Brian Sacawa from Mobtown Modern

Matthias Röder speaks with the founders of mobtown modern, saxophonist Brian Sacawa and composer Erik Spangler, about recliners and drinks at New Music concerts, how alternative listening environments and video projections create remixes of well-known repertories, and what’s coming up next in Baltimore’s most innovative New Music series.

To Widen the Spectrum of Possibilities: An Interview with Marios Joannou Elia

To Widen the Spectrum of Possibilities: An Interview with Marios Joannou Elia

The young Cypriot composer Marios Joannou Elia talks about his compositions for unusual performance spaces, the challenges of working outside of the opera house and concert hall, and his upcoming projects. Elia, who has studied at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, is the recipient of the Witold Lutoslawski Award and the Kazimierz Serocki Prize in Warsaw, the Edison Denisov Prize in Moscow and the BMW Patronize Award of the Musica Viva in Munich. He received numerous commissions and his music has been performed in prestigious performance venues such as the Staatsoper Stuttgart, the Berliner Philharmonie, as well as the Staatsoper Hannover.

We are listening to Istanbul

We are listening to Istanbul

Istanbul is going to be European Capital of Culture in 2010 and in preparation of the big festivities is going to explore with you the New Music scene of Europe’s largest city. Over the next year or so we will introduce you to some of the most exiting new music that is being composed, improvised, and performed in Istanbul today.

Johannes Brahms and Jean-Francois Charles

Johannes Brahms and Jean-Francois Charles

Listening to some Brahms piano quartets and trio in the morning, I felt the increasing need for something more contemporary. After a short browse in the web, I found this wonderful quartet for clarinet, violin, cello, and piano by my colleague Jean-Francois Charles. You can listen to a superb recording featuring Rane Moore (clarinet), Gabby […]

undr quartet, id m theft able, nmperign + Jake Meginsky, as well as Mike Bullock @ OPENSOUND

The undr quartet, id m theft able [the UGLIEST myspace page ever! ~Matthias], nmperign + Jake Meginsky, as well as Mike Bullock will perform at OPENSOUND this Saturday! Saturday, December 13, 2008 Third Life Studios 33 Union Square (Somerville Avenue) Somerville, MA Doors open at 7:30. / music at 8:00 p.m. $8 donation From Opensound‘s […]

It is a pleasure to be writing for Zeitschichten!  Ironically, when I was asked to contribute by Matthias, I specifically said, ‘Sure, as long as I can write about something other than Stockhausen!’  Oh, the irony. One of the disadvantages of teaching music post-World War Two can be difficulties in bringing recordings to class.  If […]

Pierre-Laurent Aimard On Capitalism and Helmut Lachenmann

“Introducing ‘Guero’ (1970) by Helmut Lachenmann, Mr. Aimard explained that the pianist is supposed to perform the piece mostly by scraping his fingernails along the edges of the keys to evoke the sounds of an African instrument that is played by scratching a stick along the ribbed side of a woodblock. Instead, to protect his […]

NetNewMusic: a portal for contemporary music

Check out NetNewMusic, a portal for contemporary music where you can listen to new compositions, read news about all the fresh music that is out there, and discuss with fellow new music enthusiasts.

Mantra at Harvard

Yesterday we heard Stockhausen’s Mantra at Harvard. Frank Gutschmidt and Benjamin Kobler captivated their audience in a late-night performance that was colorful, precise, groovy, and overwhelmingly lucid. What I liked most about their interpretation was the sense of unity that they created; at times one had the feeling that all the music came from one […]

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