I am a registered nurse and a long time listener with a fervent interest in all music new and old. Anything that sounds good to me is the basic criterion for me to determine that a given piece of music is ‘good’ and deserving of my attention. And while I share a preference for new music I may at times write about any music that moves me. I am mostly self-taught in music and music history and this is a hobby which gives me a great deal of satisfaction.
My posts here are intended only to express my opinions for better or worse. I selected the title ‘New Music Buff’ to connote the informed but casual enthusiast/consumer. I consider myself to be an educated listener. I am open to making corrections and comments so that I can properly represent artists and so I can fill in any knowledge gaps I may have. I attend concerts and performances whenever schedule and finances permit and wish to share my impressions for the sake of public exposure and discussion. I hope I can provide a useful perspective.
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Allan J. Cronin
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Thank you for reading. I look forward to the discussions.
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I’m a professor in theory at the Eastman School of Music, PhD from Harvard (theory and musicology minor). I am thoroughly impressed by your 1964-related posts and am amazed that you are self-taught. Keep up the great work!!
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Wow, Thank you so much both for reading and for your kind comment. I get that sort of reaction sometimes (How o you know this stuff?) and actually have a blog post in preparation which addresses that very issue in part. I guess my knowledge is born of an interest raised almost to the level of an obsession. On some level I can’t understand why more people aren’t interested in new and experimental classical music. Comments from professional musicians and academics (Eastman no less) especially mean a great deal to me.
I started the Black History posts in part due to my interest and also as a rather obvious way to use a calendar event to try to enhance readership and an easy excuse for writing on this topic. They are some of my most read articles.
Happy reading (and listening), Allan
Allan J. Cronin Alameda, CA United States newmusicbuff.wordpress.com
On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 6:12 PM, New Music Buff wrote:
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I found your blog and really admire your dedication to the classical music community. We in the Neave Trio (www.neavetrio.com) are hoping you could help us promote our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to help us put classical music in front of more people that might not ordinarily take a second look (or first lesson in our case…) to our beloved artform. The focus of our project is a series of four short films centered on the Nuevo Tango Music of Astor Piazzolla and his composition, “Estaciones Porteñas” (“Four Seasons”)
“Four Seasons” is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the purposes of “Four Seasons” must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
We hope to invite a wider audience into the rich world of Classical Music and help more people to see its relevance in their daily lives. Our vision includes: exposing students to this music through their current curriculum, and educational outreach performances. Part of achieving our goal is reaching out to educators that could help make this happen. We also hope to bring the films and the incredible music of Piazzolla to a much wider audience via the wide release of the films and submitting them into film festivals.
We invite you to our Indiegogo crowdfunding project page and explore it with the hope you’ll share the news of what we’re doing on your blog. That link is here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/four-seasons–2/x/7098842
We thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
The Neave Trio
Thanks for hosting this great site for experimental music. The Hegarty, Steinbeck + Robles Trio has released a new experimental jazz CD on Kvist Records. “Spontaneous creative improvisations exploring the potentials of collaborative Time and Space. HS+R trio goes from exciting driving intensity to quiet moments of lyrical counterpoint. Three highly skilled musicians expressing one unified vision.”
It is available free on CD baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jameshegarty
I can also send you a download link if you’d prefer. I’d love to hear what you think of it!
GREAT POST on the status of African American Composers 50 years after the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Cordially, Bill Doggett
I too would like to share with you my recently released album, “Diapason.” It is the fruit of a recent Kickstarter campaign, and is available on CD Baby: cdbaby.com/cd/gregorykyle.
I’ll happily email you a streaming link privately.
A few more words from the press release:
“Diapason” features contemporary classical music exploring the expressive range and power of the piano…From the concise “Pluit” to the eight-minute “Parcendo,” the album ranges from simple to complex, delicate to vociferous, meek to forceful. All pieces were performed by the composer.
I would love to hear it. You can contact me at: email@example.com.
Oops, I meant Allan.
My name is Jason Stefaniak and I’m a thesis student in the NYU Grad Film program. I’m producing a feature film written and directed by my classmate and creative partner Ryan Carmichael called But Not For Me. The film is a philosophical hip hop musical love story that will employ a unique fusion of classical music and hip hop to tell the story of a trio of Millennials longing for financial stability, creative fulfillment, and love in New York City. It’s Once meets 8 Mile.
The film will star renowned, Julliard-trained violinist Elena Urioste in her acting debut in the lead role of Hope. Elena will act in the film and perform the film’s music. Ryan has a passion for classical music, and one of his primary goals with this project is to introduce classical music to a whole generation of young people who have not connected with the genre. We believe our approach – fusing socially conscious hip hop lyrics with classical music loops – can do just that.
I wanted to tell you about the film to see if you might be interested in writing about it and Elena’s involvement with it on your blog.
We’re currently running a very ambitious $100,000 Kickstarter campaign to fund the film. We are at 24% funding with a little over two weeks to go. If we don’t reach our goal by November 2nd, we won’t receive any money. The money being raised will go towards the production of the film, particularly paying cast and crew a fair wage, providing quality meals, and enabling us to schedule the film in a professional, responsible, and safe way. $100,000 is a lot of money, but in the film business, it’s a drop in the bucket, especially when it comes to the budgets of feature films. But we’ve been trained to make quality films with little money, so we know we can make this film happen at this budget level.
We’ve already held a number of events to fundraise for the film – including speaking to students at the University of Michigan and a successful fundraiser in a bar in New York – and have a number of exciting events upcoming, including a House Concert with Elena in NYC for donors and would-be donors.
This is our first feature film and Elena’s first acting experience. We’re passionate, up and coming filmmakers with the skills and work ethic to make this project happen. We believe it’s a very unique project and approach to the film musical, the music we create will be something most people haven’t heard before, and lovers of classical music will want to experience our film.
We’d be happy to speak with you further about the project. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.
Kickstarter campaign: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1157078283/but-not-for-me?ref=live
Elena Urioste’s website: http://www.ElenaUrioste.com
Ryan Carmichael’s website: http://www.RyanJCarmichael.com
Jason Stefaniak’s website: http://www.JasonStefaniak.com
To whom may it concert,
We are pleased to announce the new album release by Cuban-American composer Yalil Guerra (Latin Grammy winner 2012) titled: “30th Career Anniversary Album”. We would like to send you a Digital copy of the project via Dropbox, as well a description of the record for your consideration to appear in your blog.
Please, let us know if you are interested.
Eugene G. P.
RYCY Productions Inc.
I would love to hear and review that album. Yes, definitely.
I replied to this comment by return e-mail and it occurred to me that I should probably comment directly via my blog. I am very interested in hearing and reviewing said new album. Thank you.
Forgive me if I am repeating myself. I thought I had replied to this e-mail but wordpress suggests that I have not.
I would be very interested in hearing and reviewing this.
Allan J. Cronin