Welcome to 2018! It’s only the second day of January and for many of us the first work day of the New Year, and already it feels like we’re running to keep up. Perhaps that’s to be expected, since Prototype, the Chamber Music America (CMA) and Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conferences, Winter JazzFest, and National Sawdust’s own Ferus Festival all coming up during the next few weeks.
With all of that and more in mind – and in the spirit of starting a new year fresh – we’re implementing a few small but meaningful changes on National Sawdust Log. First, on our splash page we’ve tweaked our content categories to be more intuitive and user-friendly.
Our first two categories, Inside National Sawdust and Hildegard, are unchanged: one providing in-depth glimpses of what’s happening in our space and on our house record label; the other turning a weekly spotlight on interviews with and perspectives from female-identifying composers, performers, and music-business professionals.
Conversations is where you’ll find our interviews, whether it be an exchange conducted by a journalist or a dialogue among artists. News is meant for timely announcements. Reviews includes coverage of recordings and live events, at National Sawdust and elsewhere. Essays & Opinions provides a space for artists and journalists alike to weigh in on pressing matters. Sounds includes our weekly playlists, our Early Auditions preview articles, and anything else meant for your ears.
We’ve revised our categories not just for clarity, but also because we intend to pursue a more active publishing schedule in 2018 and beyond. In order to make that happen, we’re seeking writers – both seasoned and emerging – to contribute to National Sawdust Log. We’re particularly interested in developing a handful of new regular beats.
To learn more about where we’re heading and how you might join us, drop me a line via firstname.lastname@example.org.
As National Sawdust Log ceases operation at a time of drastic challenge, editor and lead writer Steve Smith looks back at what this bold joint initiative among artists, journalists, and critics achieved.
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Vanessa Ague talks to composers Gemma Peacocke and Cassie Wieland about the music they created for a Kinds of Kings residency concert at National Sawdust in March, now postponed and awaiting rescheduling.
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DIrector Joel Ivany and composer Michelle DiBucci talk to Olivia Giovetti about 'Mrs. Winslow's Soothing Syrup,' the timely chamber opera Against the Grain Theatre is workshopping in residence at National Sawdust.
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Martin Johnson reviews the premiere performance of 'Idiom VI,' a long-form composition Anna Webber presented in the Stone Commissioning Series at National Sawdust in January.
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