Bonus Episode 59b: Dennis and the curators for the NewMusicShelf Vocal Anthologies answer questions about the call for scores in an Ask Us Anything-style video chat.
In case you haven't yet heard the news, composer David Maslanka passed away last week on August 6 after a brief battle with cancer. David, along with his son Matthew, was a guest on the show back in January for Episode #38.
Reading other composers' and performers' reminiscences of him online, it's impossible to overlook the impact he's had in our corner of the world and beyond. From his simple exhortation for composers to Just Show Up when it comes to writing every day, to his acknowledgement about our craft that "nothing about what we do is convenient," he has been a source of encouragement and inspiration for many composers over the decades.
So this week, in honor of his memory, I'm rebroadcasting episode 38 on Forging Your Own Path with David Maslanka.
This week, Garrett Hope of The Portfolio Composer joins Dennis to make a few exciting announcements, including a new partnership with the American Composers Forum, a new distribution outlet for self-published composers, and gigantic new call for scores - all to make composers' lives better.
Ed Windels, the 5-to-9 Composer, returns to talk about the benefits and drawbacks of having a full-time day job in addition to your composing.
Composer Tony Manfredonia returns to talk about his bifurcated career of writing concert music and music for video games.
Composer Griffin Candey talks about the importance securing performances of new, large-scale works before you start writing them.
Dennis is joined this week by Jamie Leigh Sampson and Andrew Martin Smith to talk about their compose collective ADJ*ective New Music.
Mezzo-soprano Megan Ihnen and composer Alex Shapiro return to MPP to talk about the ins and outs of commissioning new music from the perspective of the composer and the commissioner.
Composer Garrett Schumann talks about building a local music scene, investing in yourself, and the nuts and bolts of economical live streaming.
MPP celebrates one year of episodes with reflection on the past year, a look ahead to the coming months, and a drink with return guest Jay Venute.
Dennis is joined by composers Tony Manfredonia and Ed Windels to share even more reactions to the third New Music Gathering, held in Bowling Green, OH.
Dennis is joined by soprano Elisabeth Halliday and composer Spencer Arias to talk about their reactions to the third New Music Gathering, held in Bowling Green, OH.
Entertainment lawyer Marc Ostrow returns to MPP to talk about recent legal and legislative developments in copyright and licensing.
Composer/violist Martha Mooke talks about improvisation, following your passions, and finding balance.
Composer/bassist Brian Coughlin talks about non-linear career paths, meaningful collaborations, being open to a variety of experiences, and learning from your mistakes.
Composer Robert Paterson talks about running composition competitions, believing in yourself, dealing with rejection, and having support systems in place.
Dennis talks with composer Reg Unterseher about the benefits of curation, the future of electronic scores, and different models of distribution and publication.
After ten months of doing this show, I finally managed to get my husband, Darien Shulman, on the podcast! Darien is a composer who started his musical career as a concert music composer, and has made the transition to writing for TV and film.
In this week's episode, we talk about different philosophies of music education, writing for commercials, and what it takes to kill your darlings.
Composer Alexandra Gardner (Ep. 9) returns to talk about what should and shouldn’t go into your composer website.
Kevin Clark is a philanthropy consultant, product manager, and composer working to help artists thrive. He is the brains behind the New Music USA project platform, and speaks and writes about arts economics, technology in the arts and non-profit worlds, and philanthropy.
During the course of our conversation, we talked about some of the interesting up-and-coming organizations that he consults for, making art sustainable, Baumol's cost disease, and fundraising with Kickstarter.
In addition to his work as a composer, Jonathan Newman is the Director of Composition & Coordinator of New Music at the Shenandoah Conservatory; he was also a founding member of the composer consortium BCM International.
During the course of our conversation, we talked about writing for educational ensembles, the history and impact of BCM International, and being “pigeonholed”.
Anne Lanzilotti is a violist, composer, and fierce advocate of contemporary music. She is a member of The Rhythm Method string quartet, co-founder for Kalikolehua — El Sistema Hawai‘i, and a member of the string faculty at NYU Steinhardt, and she created “Shaken Not Stuttered”, an online resource of extended techniques for strings used in Andrew Norman’s orchestral and chamber works.
During the course of our conversation, she and I talked about collaboration, the joys and challenges of commissioning, and new music advocacy.
For this week's episode, I sat down to chat with David and Matthew Maslanka. David is a renowned composer, often known for his extensive catalog of works for wind ensemble; and Matthew, David's son, is a euphonist and engraver, and handles the operations for publishing David's music.
During the course of the conversation, we talked about the trajectory of David's career and the important changes he made and risks he took along the way, how Matthew handles publishing David's works, and the importance of being true to your music and yourself.
In her first appearance on the show, exactly 30 episodes ago, Dale Trumbore mentioned How to Go On, her secular requiem commissioned by Choral Arts Initiative. She explained the plan to premiere and record the piece with the ensemble, and promised to be back to talk about the process.
So this week, she and CAI Artistic Director Brandon Elliott join me to talk about the process of the preparation and recording of the album: from the project's genesis through fundraising, marketing recording, and post-production, up to the impending release this month.