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In the Stacks: New York is Now! The New Wave of Free Jazz by Phil Freeman

Fiercely passionate and unapologetically polemical, Phil Freeman’s debut book New York is Now! The New Wave of Free Jazz is by turns infuriating, maddening…and completely enthralling. Early on, Freeman states that he wrote the book to introduce free jazz to music lovers “who may be…

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Interview with Jennifer Walshe

Jennifer Walshe was in town performing one of her multimedia one-woman shows at the Center. As with many of her pieces, it was a vocal tour de force, spotlighting her virtuosity and charisma as she nailed rapid-fire spot-on impersonations and a smattering of extended vocal…

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The Source: Interview with Composer Ted Hearne

SF Opera Lab recently put on Ted Hearne’s work The Source, an oratorio/album/“patchwork of songs” drawn from primary source documents around and related to Chelsea Manning and the documents she leaked in 2010. Source texts include actual incident reports from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars…

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Act Without Words: Interview with Luna Pearl Woolf

As a curator at C4NM, I am focusing my energies on presenting programs featuring women as primary creators. I recently connected with Luna Pearl Woolf, the Composer-in-Residence for this year’s Bard Music West Festival. Woolf was commissioned to compose music for Samuel Beckett’s Act Without…

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Flight – Interview with Brian Staufenbiel, Creative Director of Opera Parallèle

This weekend, February 10-12, Opera Parallèle is performing Jonathan Dove’s 1998 operatic comedy Flight. The work was inspired by the true story of the forced residence, from 1988 to 2006, of Iranian refugee Mehran Karimi Nasseri at Charles de Gaulle airport. Composer Joseph M. Colombo…

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Award Recipients 2016

Award Recipients 2016 A combination of unrestricted grants, commissioning grants, residency programs, cash awards, and various honors, the following list includes important recognitions awarded to composers and musicians in 2016. While the list is lengthy, it is not exhaustive, so if you feel we missed…

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Post-Election Letter to C4NM Members

Earlier this week, the C4NM staff shared its thoughts and concerns on the Nov. 8 election results with members by e-mail. Perhaps most critical for our community is clearly identifying the threats to our work, and what we can do to promote our values. In…

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C4NM welcomes The Living Earth Show as Ensemble in Residence for 2016-17

We are proud to announce that the 2016-17 Ensemble in Residence at the Center for New Music will be:      2016-17 Ensemble in Residence   at the Center for New Music   Called “a vanguard effort of new chamber music” by the San Francisco Examiner, “transcendent”…

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Play Hear: Spontaneous Musical Collaborations at San Francisco’s 6th and Market

The Center for New Music is participating in the Market Street Prototyping Festival, a collaborative effort to make the public space of San Francisco’s Market Street more active, vibrant, and engaging. C4NM’s project, Play Hear, is an invented instrument installation that aims to create space…

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Play Hear Preview from Tenderloin Sunday Streets

The Center for New Music’s Play Hear team shared progress this summer at Tenderloin Sunday Streets. See how our neighbors enjoyed the flutes (not called stomp-flutes) and bell trees: The flutes are long plastic pipes with a fipple near the bottom, like a whistle. The…

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