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...
Let’s Talk About Music with Sergio Barer

Let’s Talk About Music with Sergio Barer

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of sitting down with composer/pianist Sergio Barer to talk about some of my more recent compositional output. I don’t always like to do this because composers talking about their own music tends to bore me to death. However,...
Carol Ragnarok 2020 Covid Edition Week 4 Recap

Carol Ragnarok 2020 | Week 2 recap

Carol Ragnarok Week 2 did not disappoint. Here’s the recap in case you missed anything. The week began with me testing John with a Ralph Vaughan Williams Rhosymedre where the main melody was replaced with O Tannenbaum. John, seeing the rocky terrain, chose...
Carol Ragnarok 2020 Covid Edition Week 4 Recap

Carol Ragnarok 2020 Week 1 recap

Each year in December an irresistable force meets and unmovable object to test their musical wits in a carol reinvention contest known as Carol Ragnarok. Basically, John Conahan and I fool around in our spare time. In case you missed any entries from week one,...
Nicholas May plays Villa-Lobos and Beach

Nicholas May plays Villa-Lobos and Beach

One of the great pleasures that enforced isolation has brought to my life is a renewed focus on chamber music. We can do it at a safe social distance and there are only a few people involved. Sam Anderson, the music director at St. Paul’s KCMO decided that we...
Representative repertoire

Representative repertoire

I find it such a weird time in our culture. MMEA is being celebrated for branching out beyond the standard repertoire, and they rightly should be, but here are the things I don’t understand. For all the people that are somehow just now discovering that there are...

Is all music supposed to be in the academy?

A friend passed along the recent New York Times article from Sept. 6, 2020 by Giovanni Russonello entitled, “Is Jazz Capable of Meeting This Moment?” In the article, they talk to historian Robin D.G. Kelley about teaching jazz in the University. He says,...