George E. Lewis on the Decolonizing of Classical Music
An important step in decolonizing classical music, as George Lewis recently opined, is encouraging ensembles to commission new music from a diverse array of composers. In its 2022-23 season, the Bent Frequency Duo (Jan Berry Baker, saxophone and Stuart Gerber, percussion) have featured new commissions by Lewis, African American composer Alvin Singleton, and Singaporean+ composer emily koh.
It was 2004 and Movses Pogossian was preparing the legendary Hungarian composer György Kurtág’s famously intricate Kafka Fragments with soprano Tony Arnold. On a whim, they contacted the composer to see if he might consider rehearsing with them. To their surprise, Kurtág invited them to Budapest to participate in a four-day masterclass. “We knew he
Celebrating William Kraft, Los Angeles New Music Legend
On Saturday, October 1, The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will host a celebration of William Kraft. Kraft, who taught composition at UCLA in the 1980s after a thirty-year career in the Los Angeles Philharmonic, was an indispensable feature of Los Angeles’s vibrant new music scene in the post-World War II era. “Bill was