tsdca composer/new music salons  

   From May, 2020  through August, 2021, during the pandemic,  
   I put together and hosted a series of 30 Composer/New Music Salons -   


   as a founding board member and West Coast Rep for TSDCA -   
   the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.    

   This was a free wheeling almost weekly discussion of music, sound, and composing - 
   looking at work by over 90 eclectic composers, musicians and sound artists -  
   with special visits from many interesting - even international - guests -    

   all meant to encourage our members and everyone to keep the discussion going   
   and keep on creating independent work in these complicated often maddening times -


 Visiting Guest Composers & Artists:  Sarah Angliss, Phillip Ewell, Patrick Grant, Margarete Huber, Jihye Lee,  
   Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Elliot Miles McKinley, Mattia Mauree, Raz Mesinai, Amy X Neuberg, Scott Patterson, Audri Phillips, 
Carlos Rafael Rivera, Tom Richards, John Schneider, Nina Shekhar, Cristina Spinei, Ken Ueno, Jason Yeager  


   additional composers/musicians/sound artists discussed, TSDCA members & visitors included:  Animals as Masters, Eric Backus, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Derek Bermel, Leonard Bernstein,    Carla Bley, John Cage, Carly Callahan, Martin Carillo, Elliot Carter, Frederic Chopin, Paul Desmond, Richard Dworsky, Fidan Aghayeva-Edler, Justin Ellington, Mikhail Fiksel, Arshan Gailus,   Golden Gate Quartet, Daniel Gonko, Gerard Grisey, Lou Harrison, Alex Hawthorn, Jimi Hendrix, Bernard Herrmann, Hildegard of Bingen, Katherine Horowitz, Natalie Houle, Charles Ives,  
   Megumi Katayama, John Lennon, Gyorgy Ligeti, William Lowe, Paul McCartney, 
Anna Meredith, Oliver Messiaen, Pat Metheny, Meredith Monk, Thelonious Monk, Jessie Montgomery,  
  John Moran, Conlon Nancarrow, Randy Newman, Daphne Oram, Harry Partch, Jessica Paz, Perotin, Serge Prokofiev, Dianne Reeves, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Annie Ross, MaeAnn Ross,
  Michael Roth, Leon Rothenberg, 
Arnold Schoenberg, Hazel Scott, Raymond Scott, Jane Shaw, Dimitri Shostakovich, Judee Sill, Max Silverman, Paul Simon, Wadada Leo Smith,  
Esperanza Spalding, Peter Sprague, Gertrude Stein,
Pamelia Kurstin Stickney, Becca Stoll, Igor Stravinsky, Thomas Tallis, Jeanine Tesori, Virgil Thomson, Mel Torme, Was Not Was, The Who,    Stevie Wonder, Aaron Woodstein, Henry Clay Work, 


 

SALON 30! - NFTs

an examination & discussion - 

with Patrick Grant, Keram Malicki-Sanchez, Audri Phillips, Cristina Spinei,

plus an epilogue with producer Carly Callahan from Seaview Productions

and some music by Elliot Carter

    SALON 29 - JUNE 11 - SPECTRALISM and MUSIC BY MARGARETE HUBER     

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  with Sarah Angliss and Tom Richards, a deep dive into the fascinating world of British composer Daphne Oram and Oramics   
  featuring extensive work with an Oramics Machine  

 
  SALON 27 - SPECIAL EVENT  
 TSDCA PLAYS RILEY'S "IN C" ONE MORE TIME! 
  5/22/21 - NEW VIDEO COMING SOON!  
  featuring Jihye Lee's Big Band performing RELENTLESS MIND & SUJI; Ken Ueno's STRANGE FRUIT with Jennifer Koh & Davone Tines;  
  and the complete performance of Ueno's ON A SUFFICIENT CONDITION FOR THE EXISTENCE OF MOST SPECIFIC HYPOTHESIS   
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featuring music from THE QUEEN'S GAMBIT

    work by John Cage, Charles Ives**, Leon Rothenberg, Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Woodstein, Henry Clay Work    

 **As I didn't have my Ives notes with me - a quick correction - UNANSWERED QUESTION was composed 1906-8. Ives had his first heart attack around then,     after a few more over the next decade he essentially stopped composing, retiring from his insurance company, too. He revised UNANSWERED QUESTION in   1935, it was finally performed in 1946 - I'm not absolutely certain he wasn't there, but he didn't travel much at all at that point - 

 he did hear the radio broadcast of Bernstein conducting his 2nd symphony in 1951, and died in 1954, age 80. 

 work by Meredith Monk, Conlon Nancarrow, Randy Newman 

 CLICK for a great interview with Nancarrow  

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 the work of Harry Partch and Paul Simon - with our guest John Schneider  

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  salon 15 - 9/30/20  
 the work of Thelonious Monk and Hazel Scott - discussion led by Jason Yeager 
  salon 14 - 9/23/20  
  thanks to our guest Nina Shekhar - for more on Nina's work, please visit her website  
  salon 13 - 9/16/20  
  a special discussion of MUSIC THEORY & WHITE SUPREMACY  
  featuring our guests Elliot Miles McKinley and Phillip Ewell  
  salon 12 - 9/9/20  
  salon 11 - 9/2/20  
  salon 10 - 8/26/20 - Terry Riley's IN C - a special performance  
  thanks to Eric Backus, Martin Carillo, Melanie Chen Cole, Alex Hawthorn, Andrew Lynch, Kevin McCoy, MaeAnn Ross, Leon Rothenberg,  
 Josh Samuels, Jane Shaw, Becca Stoll (playing the unseen trumpet), Jess Paz and our guests Paul Gibson and Jason Yeager -  
  who joined us to celebrate the 10th TSDCA salon and took part in our private, unrehearsed zoom performance of Terry Riley's IN C  
  salon 9 - 8/19/20  
 salon 7 - 7/29/20 
 salon 8 - 8/5/20 

  7/29/20 - work by Alex Hawthorn, Jessica Paz, Jane Shaw, 

 Leon Rothenberg & Terry Riley, the Golden Gate Quartet, Hildegard of Bingen and Perotin  

 PLEASE CLICK TO GO TO THE VIDEO LINK 

  8/5/20 - work by Anna Meredith, Perotin, Steve Reich, Jane Shaw, 

 Animals as Masters, and a bit of Mel Torme/Was Not Was  

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 salon 5 - 7/15/20 

  7/15/20 - music by Derek Bermel and Judee Sill  

 salon 4 - 7/8/20 

 salon 6 - 7/22/20 

  7/15/20 - music by Pamelia Kurstin Stickney, Mattia Mauree, Katherine Horowitz 

 and a tribute to Annie Ross - with Lambert, Hendriks & Ross, Joe Williams, and Count Basie  

 Dr. West on music & other things - 7/10/20 

 7/8/20 - music by Esperanza Spalding and John Cage -  

 special appearance by Fred Astaire 

 salon 2 - 6/10/20 

 6/10/20 - music by Olivier Messiaen, Serge Prokofiev, Wadada Leo Smith  

 new music by Jane Shaw 

 theory class 3 - 5/19/20 

 5/19/20 - music by Lou Harrison, Charles Ives, Amy X. Neuberg 

new music by Eric Backus, Mikhail Fiksel, MaeAnn Ross, Jane Shaw, Max Silverman, Becca Stoll 

 theory class 1 - 5/12/20 

 5/12/20 - the circle of fifths is also a tone row - 

 music by Ludwig Van Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky 

 salon 3 - 6/17/20 

 6/17/20 - music by Paul McCartney, Serge Prokofiev  

 new music by Alex Hawthorn, Megumi Katayama, Michael Roth 

 salon 1 - 6/3/20 

 6/3/20 - music by Olivier Messiaen 

 new music by Martin Carillo, Arshan Gailus 

 theory class 2 - 5/14/20 

 5/14/20 - what's the big idea - music by Leonard Bernstein, Frederic Chopin,

 Steve Reich, Michael Roth, The Who, Stevie Wonder et al