Playing Vox Balaenae

Playing Vox Balaenae

As an undergrad at the University of Tampa, I had the good fortune to have the Spectrum Contemporary Ensemble in residence and giving concerts each semester I was there. The ensemble was an ad hoc group led by percussionist Dave Coash and cellist Lowell Adams. Both...
How I became a jazz pianist

How I became a jazz pianist

When I was a young music major, no one ever really told me that I wasn’t allowed to listen to other kinds of music, but being a “classical” player, I thought my listening was now restricted to works within the canon. During my first year in college,...
Playing Finzi with Josh Lawlor, baritone

Playing Finzi with Josh Lawlor, baritone

English music has a strange history. During the time of the Tudors (and even sometime before that) England was the center of some of the most exciting musical experiments and compositional activity in the world. When taste changed, they sort of let Handel take over,...
Iris Murdoch and Bryan Magee

Iris Murdoch and Bryan Magee

I’ve just read a transcript of an interview between Bryan Magee and Iris Murdoch. The interview is particularly interesting now that we are living in the midst of a culture where so many musicians are trying to use their art to advocate for social issues. Magee...