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.

Making Art in Today’s Social Climate: Meaning and Motivation

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What does it mean to make successful identity-based art—or is that even possible? Composer, performer, and writer Annika Socolofsky explores those questions and more in the first installment of a three-part series.

Dale Trumbore: Asking Questions and Tackling Self-Doubt

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Dale Trumbore, a successful composer with big events ahead in Los Angeles March 17 and New York City April 27-28, talks to Catherine Womack about overcoming self-doubt and finding a creative groove.

This Is Not This Heat: This Is What It Is (and Why It Still Matters)

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Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward, now touring the U.S. with transcategorical "pre/post-everything" ensemble This is Not This Heat, tell Kurt Gottschalk why it happened, what it means, and what comes next.

JG Thirlwell: Cartoons, Chamber Music, and the Art of Managing Time

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JG Thirlwell, famed for his groundbreaking industrial-rock work as well as his scores for animated TV hits, talks to Steve Dollar about the chamber project he presents at National Sawdust Feb 28-March 1.

String Noise: Punk Rock and Other Wild Experiments

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Conrad Harris and Pauline Kim Harris, the married musicians of violin duo String Noise, talk to Steve Dollar about punk rock and wild experimentation in advance of shows this week at Areté in Greenpoint.

Jeffrey Zeigler: Cello and the Art of Meaningful Conversation

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Cellist Jeffrey Zeigler, who performs nightly in the Stone series at the New School Feb. 19-23, talks with Olivia Giovetti about improvisation as conversation, and choosing to focus on meaningful work.

PUBLIQuartet: Improvising the Future of Chamber Music

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PUBLIQuartet cellist Amanda Gookin chats with Amanda Angel about "Freedom and Faith," the group’s second album, which it will showcase on Feb. 10 as part of a season-long residency at National Sawdust.

Yarn/Wire: Building a New Model for Making New Music

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Russell Greenberg, a founding member of the groundbreaking quartet Yarn/Wire, talks with Brad Cohan about the group's origin and inspiration, operating in disparate musical scenes, and improvising new music at the Stone.