Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett have been honored as the Official Texas State Musician of the Year in the past, but last year’s honoree was Conspirare founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson. There’s a very good reason for that.
Endowed by Suzanne Ettelson in memory of Lee Ettelson, the Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer’s Awards for New Chamber Works by American Composers is nationally recognized as a major opportunity for composers. Its purpose is to honor the best in current American music and to provide composers with a prominent forum for their work.
I now regret exactly zero % of the time I spent putting off work on my dissertation last summer.
Alquimia by Piero Pierini
My publisher, Nikolas Sideris, is putting together a project pairing composers with visual artists from around the world. The project is entitled “Beauty and Hope in the 21st Century” and will result in concerts featuring the works, a CD, a DVD, and an accompanying book containing the artworks and musical scores.The image above is the one I’ve chosen to work with. It’s a wonderfully whimsical work, and I’ve enjoyed using it as a touchstone while composing my piano piece of the same name.
Nikolas has put together a Kickstarter page as one of several ways to raise awareness of the project, and the link in the highlighted title above will take you to a short video of Nikolas describing the project.
I hope you’ll visit the page and consider supporting it!
I got to check out three fantastic albums recently and wrote about all three on NMBx.
Austin has amazing musical offerings in all sizes. From Bass Concert Hall to intimate backyard facilities, there are so many amazing places to hear music it’s hard to keep track of it all. I was lucky to catch local, regional, national, and international premieres in such disparate venues recently, and I’d love to know what you think about it!