"--the alert guitarist" The New York Times
"--The mirror-paneled recital room provided an apt visual metaphor for how such seemingly modest dimensions can trick the ear into an impression of vaster scale. Guitarist William Anderson brought both technical and expressive virtuosity to his accounts...a quasi-orchestral pallete of coloristic effects...deftly realized by Anderson as he shaped each entry with epigrammatic concentration." ----Thomas May, The Washington Post, reviewing Anderson performance with the Theater Chamber Players
"--Electrifying" New York Times
"--astonishing....astounding arrangements" The New York Times
"--virtuosos in their own right, and together produce chamber music proper...close observance of each other's actions...a very tight performance." Fanfare Magazine, referring to Wm. Anderson & pianist Joan Forsyth
solo guitar works by Damon Ferrante, Harold Meltzer, Alper Maral, John McLachlan, Tolga Tuzun, Sinan Ersahin, and others
June 13, 19:30 Chiesa della SS. Annunziata, Avolo (SR)
with Associazione A.L. Mus.
Artistic Director: Maestro Sebastiano Bell'Arte
Solo guitar music by Damon Ferrante and Andrea Schiavo
Nell'Europa del XVII secolo
Ensemble Harmoniosi Concenti
Paola Modicano, canto
Letizia Viniguerra, violino
Angelo Litrico flauto, dritto
Barbara Colombo, viola da gamba
William Anderson, guitar e tiorba
Andrea Schiavo, arciliuto & chitarra barocca
Luca Ambrosio, clavicembalo
Istanbul Guitar Festival
Solo guitar performance with
Mertz *Bardenklange* and *Mazurkas & Polonaises*, Op. 3
Damon Ferrante's *Following the River* (premiere)
Tolga Tuzun's *and they fell....one by one* (premiere)
Alper Maral *and then the waters ebbed and we were left standing, just like that* (premiere)
Harold Meltzer *Doria Pamphili*
Sinan Ersahin *Cancion y Danza*
William Anderson *Grüne Heinrich*
Charles Wuorinen *Hexadactyl*
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:00 PMPerformances with Ebb & Flow Arts in Maui on August 8, and Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Mexico, the next 6 months are devoted to composing *Poe's Mother* --Settings of poems by Djuna Barnes for Vox n Plux--the celebrated soprano Elizabeth Farnum with her two plucked string players, Bill & Oren -- first performance will be October 30 at the Italian...
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 4:39 PMI do picaresque solo guitar programs all summer long, in the U.S. and Europe. Picaresque? The guitar is a picaresque instrument. Andres Segovia made a comment to Mexican composer Manuel Ponce in a well known letter, praising one of Ponce's works, calling it, "picaresque". Composers joust with musical norms in exactly the same way the picaro (rogue) pushes the limits...
Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 7:09 AMJ a p a n t o u r August, 2013 Rodrigo's Concierto Aramjuez at the Maebashi Concert Hall, Gunma, with Dina Koston's "Set of Three"; Wuorinen's Sonata for Guitar & Piano; Blasphemy (for guitar & piano) by Shoko Suzuki International F e s t i v a l C a m e r a t a 21 Veracruz, Mexico--September...
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 9:00 PMI think of the 3rd structural key, as the one the composer elects, while the 2nd structural key (dominant) is "natural", because it is obvious, built into every structural level. Examples: In Haydn Ab piano sonata, the 3rd structural key is f minor, and every detail from small to large points to f minor, just as, invevitably, the dominant is...
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 - 9:41 AMMilton Babbitt, a card carrying positivist whose Cold War music was funded by the CIA, wrote somewhere, "if music is to continue to evolve".... A preemptive strike: eugenics was very much in the positivist spirit. The remark doesn't have to be so insidious. You can decide. Babbitt's music evolved, and flowered in the truly transcendental late works. Babbitt furthered Schoenberg's...
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 3:12 PMNon-diatonic Symmetries are a Sometime Thing This is from Damon Ferrante's solo guitar piece, *Following the River*. (work in progress) I am preparing this work for a performance in Istanbul on May 22 of this year (2015). I became familiar with Ferrante's music through his *Footbridge*, for two guitars--a symphony for two guitars, about 30 minutes long. Here's a bit...
Sunday, September 18, 2011 - 9:39 AM----Sibelius!---- Alex Ross and Leon Botstein have found an interesting and useful vantagepoint. It enfolds Bang on a Can, and enlists that effort on its behalf. It is a vantagepoint that works very well with the 50 and over demographic--patrons of the not-youth-music scene. They are up for serious stuff--one doesn't have to be banging on cans to appeal to...
Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 9:00 PMJohn Cage @ 100! John Cage was the Pre-Raphaelite to end all Pre-Raphaelites. There are remnants of the Pre-Rahapelite movement in New York State, like Narnia, where there are memories of a some past reality, a crazy pre-reality TV world. ---In Manhattan, notably, among much more, there is the Woolworth building and Tudor City. ---In Westchester look at Scarsdale--the little...
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 9:00 PMOr.... Love and Death, American Style Someone has to point out the parallels between Brokeback Mountain and Tennesee William's Suddenly Last Summer. Plug: Speaking of Wuorinen's upcoming opera, *Brokeback Mountain*-- The Anderson/Fader Guitar Duo, aka, the Cygnus Guitarists -- will soon release Wuorinen's sterling little guitar duo, *Dodecadactyl* on Furious Artisans Records. It would make us very happy to see...
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 9:08 AMHilton Kramer Many of us happen to share his predudices. I don't pay attention to installations, performance art, Judy Chicago, Whitney Museum, etc. It's all just so much noise to me. Where I differ-- I concede that there is overwhealmingly powerful psychology behind the art I don't like. Yet that doesn't make me care about it any more. Another point--...
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:27 AMWhat Beckett Taught Me About Dina Koston's Music The recent Koston celebrations at the Library of Congress provoked some very positive and warm responses to Koston's muisc. I was delighted to find that. I was sad, but not so surprised to find that the praise was not unanimous. Koston's *Distant Intervals* was presented as a musical reflection of Beckett's Ohio...
Sunday, October 26, 2014 - 10:33 AMISCM World Music Days Wrocław, Poland October 2014 At the ISCM General Assembly, a slide show was presented by Max Yin, Executive Director of the Beijing Modern Music Festival (BMMF). There in that slide show, I was amazed to see a remarkable representation of a broad range of American composers—clear evidence of interest in the US scene. Thank you, BMMF!...
Monday, May 25, 2015 - 9:04 AMLecture at Vildiz Technical University Alper Maral, composer and musicologist, collaborator, and friend, asked me to give a talk at his University. We agreed that I would talk about 21st C. Music and the Guitar. We also agreed that I am a Babbitt guy, and that I might explain what he was all about. I am quickly trying to record...
Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 1:59 PMtext here
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 10:23 AM--Musical resonances with Noether's Theorem-- Emmy Noether's theorem was summaraized nicely by Natalie Angier in today's Science Times-- "What the revolutionary theorem says, in cartoon essence, is the following: Wherever you find some sort of symmetry in nature, some predictability or homogeneity of parts, you’ll find lurking in the background a corresponding conservation — of momentum, electric charge, energy or...
Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 9:03 PMAb nou cor Music of Frank Brickle is the title of my most recent CD with Cygnus. Released by Furious Artisans --> http://furiousartisans.com/catalog/ab-nou-cor-music-of-frank-brickle On Facebook Brickle & I go back over 20 years, and I've been a great fan throughout. I started out admiring the way he would have lovely, prolonged moments of diatonic (good old-fashioned tonal) harmony in his...
Thursday, April 26, 2012 - 4:50 PM*Our Bad Habits* Modernism was motivated to a great degree by a disgust with inauthenticity-- ideals, images, values that survived longer than they should have survived, becoming bad habits. The cases of England and Austria have certain affinities, despite the fact that England went the other way, while Austria clung to the old order. This is seen in the affinity...
Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 7:16 AMSounding Beckett www.soundingbeckett.com Sounding Beckett Press & Reviews “Sounding Beckett” is directed by Joy Zinoman, the founding artistic director of the Studio Theater in Washington (she stepped down in 2010), who chose the plays and has staged them with a glamorous starkness and a clear respect for the works’ purity. They alternate with original musical compositions that they inspired, performed...
Monday, March 26, 2012 - 6:46 AMSuperarrays This is a report of my latest discussions and thoughts about superarrays, following a meeting with theorists and composers at the CUNY Graduate Center, which is now a great hotbed of Babbitt study, with Joe Straus, Jeff Nichols, Zach Bernstein and Daniel Colson all there at the same time. Joe presides there as the seasoned Babbitt scholar, Zach and...
Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 3:31 AMCygnus and friends gave a Kreisler celebration at the Library of Congress on February 3 of this year. The Library cleverly paired a living American composer--Haorld Meltzer--with Kreisler. The Library had Meltzer write a new work for violin and piano, Kreisleriana, a McKim Fund commission. Charles T. Downey describes the event here--> http://ionarts.blogspot.com/2012/02/cygnus-ensemble-at-loc.html I appreciate the good fight that Mr....