It’s in the nature of composers to want to reshape sound, but how do we reshape what sound and music do for us as a community? This is a question that occupies composer Dan Visconti, and it started with a feeling of curiosity about how to make classical music a more communal experience, in the ways of jazz or folk music.
I wondered about my own female role models in music – Marin Alsop, Julia Wolfe, Kaija Saariaho, Laurie Anderson. Was there a common thread that made them particularly inspiring to me? Or did they bring me some new idea of musicianship that I could not have gotten anywhere else?
Sarah Robinson has built a diversified and joyful career as a flutist, author, educator and concert producer – but before that, she had to confront a narrow definition of success. She shares her personal story at the 21CMposium.
Americans for the Arts’ Randy Cohen wants all artists to become advocates for the cause. He calls attention to the C.R.E.A.T.E. Act which would increase government support of American artists by recognizing them as small businesses.