Lisa Kaplan: A community of enduring connections

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It is the most amazing thing to have people write music just for you. It feels like an honor and a privilege. But it is truly something special to have your close friends write for you, because of course in the best scenarios those pieces end up being aural representations of the friendship you have with that person.

Brandon Stosuy: Writing about music for children

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As editor in chief of The Creative Independent, Brandon Stosuy is helping to enable artists and innovators to share advice and anecdotes concerning their creative processes. Partisans of outstanding music journalism and cognoscenti of aural extremes have known and relied upon Stosuy for years. In October, Stosuy added a new line to his burgeoning C.V. with his first children's book, Music Is….

Of reviews and responses.

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Since we launched The Log Journal last week, we've posted a handful of reports from recent performing-arts events: three of them labeled "review," and two under the heading "response." What's the difference? That's a good question, and one I think we should address openly here for the sake of complete transparency.

Performance Response: National Sawdust Opening Night 2016

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The one who deals with sound creates spaces from different relationships between resonances, echoes, and physical proprieties of supposed materials, storytelling, emotional illusionism, metaphoric design or poetic forms, dealing not only with the exterior/acoustic aspects of the space being developed, but also designing sound in the roots of the story itself, the inner space.

Performance Response: National Sawdust Opening Night 2016

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The evening began dreamy. A field of suspended small stones surrounded Sophia Brous as she first lay recumbent, then rose to bring the lullabies to life. The stones were cosmic, asteroids or debris from outer space; or they were oceanic, the pebbles of a beach. The music was a journey as well.

Performance Review: Donnacha Dennehy, The Hunger

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Political theater is a challenging balancing act, one that requires a creative team to tread a thin line stretched precariously high. How audacious a creator must be, then, to attempt a feat so risky in the opera house, where comparatively little precedent exists for successful activist art.

Night after night.

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Welcome to Night After Night, since October 2005 a blog about conspicuous consumption of music, live and recorded, in New York City and points beyond – now rebooted and refreshed as a place for sharing on-the-fly responses to creative events, timely news items from throughout the musical world, and links to other items of interest on the web.

Performance Review: Missy Mazzoli, Breaking the Waves

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The director Lars von Trier hasn’t shied away from operatic ambition, so perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that Missy Mazzoli and Royce Vavrek produced a realization as daring and devastating as its morally complicated source.

Paola Prestini and Steve Smith: What Is The Log?

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Back when Paola Prestini was brainstorming what National Sawdust could be and do, she voiced the conviction that journalism and criticism are fundamental to the artistic ecosystem. Now, as our new journalistic initiative takes its first steps out into the world, we want to share the thinking behind this unconventional pursuit.