I’ve decided that I’m going to drop the cliche of “best of” in favor of the following:
As New Music Buff moves into 2016 I have been blessed by an increasing amount of musicians who have graciously sent CDs and books for review and I will do my best to keep up with them and do them justice.
In addition I intend to further develop some other projects, especially my interest in political classical music. In this past year the tragedies that have given rise to important movements like Black Lives Matter have underscored for me the significance of these issues and provided further inspiration to develop my research in the area of politics and music.
I am in the process of preparing some fairly comprehensive portraits of composers and musicians whose fate it was to appear on my radar screen. These will be appearing beginning in February.
Of course I will continue report on musical performances as I am able to fit into my schedule. In general this will mean at least two articles per month.
For now a big thank you to all who have contributed by sending CDs or books, by performing or simply by reading. Hopefully I will be able to give you more worth reading. Happy listening!