Gabriela Lena Frank is a brilliant composer….of that, there is no doubt. And that’s not just my opinion; the list of accolades grows by the day. From gorgeous melodies that evoke Peruvian highlands, to manic tangos from jungle border towns, Gabriela’s music is a vivid reflection of this intersection of identities, a whirlwind of folk and classical music that will energize and inspire.
And what great music it is! Her music is a sonic Learn More » »
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We announce our third New Ideas in Music Competition for new musical works, again for string quartet, as was the case last year. And like last time, we encourage all entrants to think way, way outside the ‘boundaries’....bring us your idea for how a string quartet always sounded in your dreams (or nightmares!). Make your case….we’re looking for original thinkers, those who see this as an opportunity to Learn More » »
We’re in the final preparation stage for String Quartet no. 3, by Georg Friedrich Haas….what a great journey it’s been! It’s always fascinating how the venerable string quartet form can be made fresh by visionary writing. Haas’s quartet not only pushes envelopes in terms of tunings systems and sound colors, he also allows for the players to determine the order of the 18 episodes that take place, based on the will of the group at any Learn More » »
What does “Third Angle” mean? What is the first or second angle? And what does any of it have to do with music? Our name has presented quite a challenge to us! While WE know what our mission is, and we’re clear on what a Third Angle project feels like, what it sounds like, it’s also another thing altogether to have to explain this to new friends. And while we’ve done our best over the years (with varying degrees of success), to design Learn More » »
Thirteen years ago, I came upon across an article in the New York Times which described the incredible story of the first class of music students to graduate from the Beijing Conservatory, post-Cultural Revolution. Thousands applied, only a few hundred were admitted, and those graduates have since conquered the musical world, most notably recently with the Pulitzer Prize for composition being awarded to Zhou Long.
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“I started taking piano lessons in Nicaragua. I know my parents used to take me to this teacher and it was classic. I used to call her “la bruja” which means “the witch.” She would slap my hands with the ruler and I would be terrified to go to my piano lesson. It’s exactly the opposite of the piano lessons you want to give your child. But I really loved music and when we moved to Miami and I continued with my piano lessons, I figured Learn More » »