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?