Of course, it’s a tricky business to summarize a classical music scene as busy and wide as Boston’s.
As a composer, Gunther Schuller’s legacy is complex and has yet to be settled. Sorting through it all will constitute a great, welcome adventure.
The great mistake we make as listeners or viewers is passivity. Music deserves and needs our active involvement.
Gunther Schuller dove into jazz with passionate hunger, in the process dispelling cultural, class, and racial prejudices.
Much more work could be done fertilizing the fields of cross-cultural music, sowing seeds collected from the great touchstones of American culture – innovation, integration, risk, reward.
Time to look at the maverick mavericks, composers with feet firmly planted on either side of the dividing line between jazz and classical.
What I’ve learned from three years of research and listening is that the piano concerto is an ideal vehicle with which individual composers can experiment
The five compositions and one de facto suite played at the NEC Winds and Winds Ensemble performance spoke with six different voices and carried six different messages.
NEC is closed tonight but much of the repertoire on this program is also scheduled for a concert on March 6.
Boston Conservatory’s New Music Festival is inspiring a series of commentaries from Fuse Jazz Critic Steve Elman. Here is his third installment, which focuses on Gunther Schuller, who has inspired at least four generations of artists and revitalized a venerable institution of higher musical learning.