Profiles in Innovation: Black Thought

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Black Thought – Tariq Trotter, the world-renowned emcee who co-founded the groundbreaking hip hop band The Roots in 1987, will be honored in the 2019 National Sawdust Gala.

In Review: American Composers Orchestra

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Rebecca S. Lentjes reviews a provocative concert by the American Composers Orchestra at Zankel Hall, during which striking music and noble ideals clashed with impediments in framing and presentation.

Playlist (Deeper than light can go).

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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring the Residents, Alvin Lucier, Jared Sagar, and Oren Ambarchi & Jim O'Rourke.

Dawn Upshaw: Singers, Students, and Teachers

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Ahead of two National Sawdust concerts with students from the Bard College Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts program that she'll leave behind in June, Dawn Upshaw talks about what she achieved and what comes next.

Making Art in Today's Social Climate: Self and Other

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How can artists engaged in identity-based work facilitate and empower other voices, rather than appropriating them? Annika Socolofsky solicits expert testimony in the second installment of a three-part series.

Playlist (A century lost to memories).

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This week's tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Skryptor, Eva-Maria Houben, Maryanne Amacher, and Weyes Blood.

In Review: MaerzMusik Festival

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Peter Margasak reviews the 2019 MaerzMusik Festival in Berlin, a "Festival for Time Issues" that hosted diverse strains of music and media, meant to illuminate disparate aspects and conceptions of time.

In Review: Ensemble neoN

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Works by Catherine Lamb and Phill Niblock prompted closed eyes and meditative listening during a concert by Ensemble neoN at Experimental Intermedia, reviewed by Jennifer Gersten.

Jeremy Gill: Whitman, Pascal, and Varieties of Variations

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In advance of a portrait concert at National Sawdust on April 7, composer Jeremy Gill talks to Christian Carey about the challenges of setting Whitman and Pascal, the art of variations, and more.

Lucy M. Caplan on Shirley Graham Du Bois and Tom-Tom

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Ahead of a performance and panel discussion about Shirley Graham Du Bois and her opera 'Tom-Tom' at National Sawdust April 4, Brin Solomon speaks with scholar Lucy M. Caplan about the composer and work.