Matthew Dear: Otherness, Fatherhood, and the Wisdom in Talking to Strangers

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Ahead of his National Sawdust show Nov. 16, Matthew Dear chats with Justin Joffe about embracing his inner oddball, staying up with the dance community after becoming a dad, and talking to strangers on airplanes.

David Dominique: Revealing the Man Behind Mask

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Composer and trombonist David Dominique talks about his background in New York, his development in Los Angeles, and the tumultuous period that resulted in his bold new album, 'Mask.'

Myra Melford: Taking Flight Where Life Leads Her

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Improvising pianist, composer, and bandleader Myra Melford talks at length about her newest audio and video releases, why working with women has become more vital, and the vibrant life she's built in California.

Nate Wooley: Plays Whole With Others

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Trumpeter Nate Wooley talks with Kurt Gottschalk about the second "For/With" festival, at Issue Project Room Oct. 31-Nov. 1, and what it means to commission works for "the trumpet player as a whole."

Hunter Hunt-Hendrix: Origin of an Opera Cycle

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Provocative black-metal polymath Hunter Hunt-Hendrix talks to Brad Cohan about 'Origin of the Alimonies,' the ambitious new live-scored video opera he'll present at National Sawdust Oct. 25.

Eva-Maria Houben: The Singularity of the Moment

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Ahead of a tour during which she'll collaborate with Ordinary Affects and New England Conservatory students, German composer Eva-Maria Houben talks about scripting musical encounters and decaying sounds.

Nadia Sirota: New Music for New Audiences at the New York Philharmonic

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Violist and radio host Nadia Sirota, a potent and persuasive advocate for new music and living composers, talks about her role and her goals as creative partner at the New York Philharmonic.

Jerome Kitzke: Telling Stories with the Piano

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In advance of a concert featuring his complete works for amplified speaking pianist, the composer Jerome Kitzke talks about this unique body of work with Sarah Cahill, one of the participants.

Leila Bordreuil: The Physical Force of Sound

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Improvising cellist and composer Leila Bordreuil speaks to Olivia Giovetti about her creative practice, her interest in the sensory force of sound, and upcoming projects at Issue Project Room and the Kitchen.

Gavin Rayna Russom: Synthesizing a Social Counterpoint

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LCD Soundsystem synth wizard Gavin Rayna Russom talks to Piotr Orlov about her National Sawdust residency, which begins in collaboration with pioneering minimalist Terry Riley on Sept. 15.