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 17: Victoria Shen (Evicshen): The Landfill of Meaning

    August 10th, 2022  |  45 mins 47 secs
    composer conversation, newmusicbox, noise, performance art, turntablism

    Victoria Shen's needle nails technique is just one of many new approaches to making sounds she uses in her performances and installations.

  • Episode 16: Raven Chacon: Fluidity of Sound

    June 29th, 2022  |  1 hr
    collaboration, experimental, graphic scores, native american, social justice

    While the idiosyncratic graphic scores of 2022 Pulitzer Prize winning composer Raven Chacon are stunningly original in their conception and have been recognized as works of visual art in their own right (several are in this year's Whitney Biennial), they have a larger social purpose.

  • Episode 15: Anthony Davis: Any Means Necessary

    May 16th, 2022  |  57 mins 36 secs
    central park five, composer conversation, jazz, newmusicbox, opera, pulitzer winners, social justice, soundlives, x

    Anthony Davis uses jazz, classical, and many other styles in operas dealing with major historic events or important social concerns.

  • Episode 14: Sarah Hennies: Getting at the Heart of a Sound

    March 23rd, 2022  |  54 mins 29 secs
    composer conversation, interview, new music

    How we perceive sound on a psychological level as it unfolds over time is key to the sonic experiences that Sarah Hennies creates.

  • Episode 13: Alice Parker: Feeling the Same Emotion at the Same Time

    February 28th, 2022  |  59 mins 9 secs
    composer conversations, elderly, interview, newmusicbox, soundlives

    Alice Parker, a fixture of the choral music community for eight decades, believes people find their common ground through singing together.

  • Episode 12: Huang Ruo: Creating Four Dimensional Experiences

    January 18th, 2022  |  59 mins 54 secs
    composer conversations, interview, newmusicbox, soundlives

    For Huang Ruo, music--like theater--exists in a four-dimensional space. There is also a larger purpose in most of Huang Ruo's work, whether it is to call attention to stories of people, particularly Asians and Asian-Americans, whose voices have often not been heard, or to provide an environment for reflection and healing.

  • Episode 11: Matthew Aucoin: Risking Generosity

    December 8th, 2021  |  1 hr 10 secs
    composer conversations, interview, newmusicbox, soundlives

    Matthew Aucoin, composer of the Metropolitan Opera's Eurydice and author of The Impossible Art, talks about generosity and risk-taking.

  • 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.