contemporary composers

2:17 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Composing Oneself - 20 Quips About the Creating Process

Good (My idea of good is a bit introverted.) lighting, a sharp no. 2 pencil, good coffee and manuscript are the tools of the "bliss station" or what I call my small, cluttered, chaotic desk where I write music.
Credit Jim Lange

A creative life or daily creative activity is a funny thing- fraught with missteps, miscues and misfires. It is not, as we might think, a Sturm und Drang artistic wrestle with the fates. It's far more practical and hilarious than that.

Occasionally, an amusing thought, often containing a bitter grain of truth, will pop into my head.This is a partial list of these nuggets of "wisdom."

1. Coffee helps. A lot.

2. Let your voice be the only one speaking in your head.

3. Create a space for silence. Music comes from there.

4. Listen, don't think.

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5:45 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

West Virginian Uses Opera to Talk Mountaintop Removal Mining, Painkiller Overdoses

Nate May
Credit Roxy Todd

Composer and Huntington native Nate May recently finished production on an original two-person music-drama, called Dust in the Bottomland.

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9:54 am
Thu February 6, 2014

New Music Concert - Kanawha Forum 2.0

Flutist Lindsey Goodman.

Flutist Lindsey Goodman is full of energy.

When I called her a dynamo, at first she looked puzzled, but I explained that I meant that she was full of enthusiasm, energy and drive. Just hearing about her performing and teaching schedule makes me want to take a nap.

But she is more than just a person with enthusiasm. She is a professional musician on a mission. This mission is her passion since she was 18 years old. Her mission is contemporary music.

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