Bergrún Snæbjörnsdóttir, one of three winners of National Sawdust’s 2019 Hildegard Competition, discusses their work with fellow composer Angélica Negrón.
About Steve Smith
I've been involved professionally in music and media for close to 30 years, and personally for perhaps a decade longer. Apart from a two-year sojourn in Boston, I've been based in or around New York City since June 1993. After a long string of roles and positions in mass media, I've recently taken up the role of director of publications at National Sawdust, a revolutionary young performing-arts venue and incubator in Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn. You can learn more about that venture at nationalsawdust.org.
My work email address, for press releases, pitches, potential contributions, and whatnot, is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to joining National Sawdust, I spent just over two years as an assistant arts editor at the Boston Globe, where I had the privilege of overseeing that esteemed newspaper's coverage of music and the visual arts. Before that, I served for 13 years as a music editor (first classical music, and then everything) for Time Out New York, and for seven years concurrently as a freelance classical-music reporter and reviewer for The New York Times.
While nearly all of my work is now focused on National Sawdust, I continue to contribute interviews and concert and CD reviews for RollingStone.com. My writing has appeared previously in the Washington Post, Village Voice, Billboard, Musical America, The Wire, Signal to Noise [RIP], Decibel, Jazziz, Jazz Times, Down Beat, Chamber Music, and Symphony magazines.
Before turning to journalism full time, I was a classical radio DJ in Houston, and then worked as a publicist at BMG Classics, the Knitting Factory, Third Floor Media (representing the Columbia Records jazz roster, the Village Vanguard, select projects on Blue Note Records, and more), and other NYC organizations. Artists with whom I worked directly include Tim Berne, Bobby Previte, Dave Douglas, and Ellery Eskelin.
I trained formally as a classical percussionist, and then put those skills to use with jazz and rock bands in Houston and New York. I graduated from Clear Creek High School in League City, TX, in 1984, and from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, in 1988. I'm married to Dr. Lara Pellegrinelli, an accomplished journalist, critic, and academic. Our daughter, Annina, is a budding singer, dancer, painter, and social-media superstar.
If you want to send something to me via snail mail, please drop me a line via email first to determine the best destination.
Entries by Steve Smith
inti figgis-vizueta, one of three winners of National Sawdust’s 2019 Hildegard Competition, discusses their work with fellow composer Nico Muhly.
Niloufar Nourbakhsh, one of three winners of National Sawdust’s 2019 Hildegard Competition, discusses her work with fellow composer Missy Mazzoli.
This week’s tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Alvin Curran, Linda Catlin Smith, Lea Bertucci, and Chris Forsyth.
Ross Karre, co-artistic director of the International Contemporary Ensemble, talks about the group’s new ICECommons Artists-in-Residence, the first six of whom have just been named.
This week’s tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Rew, Christian Wolff, Ellen Arkbro, and John Zorn.
Ahead of Linda May Han Oh’s National Sawdust show May 16, watch a video premiere from her new album, ‘Aventurine,’ which finds the bassist, composer, and bandleader celebrating creativity and evolution.
This week’s tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Sunn O))), the Dream Syndicate, Kyle Bobby Dunn, and Vanessa Rossetto.
This week’s tally of memorable things National Sawdust Log editor Steve Smith has stuck in his ears includes selections featuring Jim O’Rourke, the Ars Combinatoria String Quartet, Rand Steiger, and Windhand.
Juliette Jones, executive vice president of urban promotions at Atlantic Records and one of the recording industry’s most influential pros, will be honored in the 2019 National Sawdust Gala.