SoundLives

SoundLives, a NewMusicBox podcast, shares insights and stories from people who dedicate their lives to new music.

About the show

SoundLives, a NewMusicBox podcast, is brought to you by New Music USA, the resource for adventurous creators and listeners in the US and beyond.

This program is funded in part by: the National Endowment for the Arts; the New York State Council on the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs – and listeners like you.

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Episodes

  • Episode 10: Terri Lyne Carrington: A World of Sound Waiting for Us

    November 3rd, 2021  |  53 mins 46 secs
    composer conversations, drums, gender equity, jazz, mentoring, newmusicbox, percussion, soundlives

    NEA Jazz Master and three-time Grammy Award-winner Terri Lyne Carrington was practically born into jazz, but she is not a traditionalist.

  • Episode 9: Renée Baker: Nothing's Gonna Stop You From Creating

    September 9th, 2021  |  56 mins 42 secs
    composer conversations, interview, newmusicbox, soundlives

    Spending an hour chatting with Renée Baker about her more than two thousand musical compositions and perhaps almost as many paintings was inspirational as well as motivational. Renée does not let anything deter her and while her music is extremely wide ranging and gleefully embraces freedom of expression, her daily schedule is precise and meticulous.

  • Episode 8: Adolphus Hailstork: Music is a Service

    August 4th, 2021  |  51 mins 7 secs
    composer conversations, interview, newmusicbox, soundlives

    A conversation with Dr. Adolphus Hailstork about his love of melody and his belief that music should have meaning.

  • Episode 7: Susie Ibarra: Hybrid Culture

    July 7th, 2021  |  56 mins 39 secs
    composer conversations, interview, newmusicbox, soundlives

    Susie Ibarra's collaborative approach has informed her work with jazz, classical, indie rock, and traditional Philippine musicians.

  • Episode 6: Ricky Ian Gordon: My Way of Enveloping a Story

    May 5th, 2021  |  53 mins 14 secs
    collaboration, gay pride, musical theater, musical theatre, opera, pandemic, words and music

    Ricky Ian Gordon has been creating operas, musicals, or one-of a-kind music/theater hybrids one after another, seemingly without a pause.

  • Episode 5: Pamela Z: Expanding Our Imaginations

    April 2nd, 2021  |  50 mins 59 secs
    composer conversations, interview, newmusicbox, soundlives

    The only thing that is almost as exciting as watching and listening to a multimedia performance by Pamela Z is to hear her talk about it which she does for almost an hour in a fascinating conversation with Frank J. Oteri that ranges from creating during the pandemic to dealing with constant changes in technology and Pamela's obsession with old telephones.

  • Episode 4: Judith Lang Zaimont: The Music She Has to Write

    March 4th, 2021  |  52 mins 38 secs
    composer conversations, interview, newmusicbox, soundlives

    Judith Lang Zaimont is defiantly unwilling to be typecast for creating music in a particular style, which makes her music always a welcome surprise. NewMusicBox editor Frank J. Oteri talks with her constant reinvention and re-evaluation of her music.

  • Episode 3: Valerie Coleman: Writing Music for People

    February 15th, 2021  |  49 mins 55 secs
    amplifying voices, composer conversations, interview, newmusicbox, soundlives

    Valerie Coleman is committed to storytelling through her music, no matter the idiom. NewMusicBox editor Frank J. Oteri talks with her about her early realization that she is a composer and what a composer's responsibilities are.

  • Episode 2: Julie Giroux: A Wind Band is a Box of 168 Crayons

    February 2nd, 2021  |  48 mins 45 secs
    composer conversations, interview, newmusicbox, reel change, soundlives

    Julie Giroux takes musicians and audiences on a journey that is a real sonic adventure and, at the same time, is always fun. NewMusicBox editor Frank J. Oteri talks with her about the ins and outs of the wind band, her career in Hollywood (which led to her being the first female composer to win an Emmy), her wacky arrangements of Christmas songs, and how she’s coping with life in quarantine.

  • Episode 1: Kris Bowers: In Love With Accompaniment

    January 27th, 2021  |  49 mins 58 secs
    composer conversations, interview, newmusicbox, reel change, soundlives

    Fans of the Netflix sensation Bridgerton might be curious to hear how the composer of its soundtrack, Kris Bowers, puts his scores together and what inspires him in a career spanning jazz (Heroes & Misfits), film (Green Book), television (the Phyllis Schafly-inspired series Mrs. America), dance (Untitled America for Alvin Ailey), performance art projects (Deconstructed Anthems), and NFL videogames.