Refugee Orchestra Project: Artists as Activists in the Modern Era

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Conductor Lidiya Yankovskaya describes how working with the Refugee Orchestra Project, which performs at National Sawdust March 4, fosters a view of collaboration as key to mutual understanding and regard.

Beatriz Ferreyra: Making Music with All the Sounds in the World

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In advance of a rare U.S. appearance at Issue Project Room on Feb. 24, the celebrated electroacoustic composer Beatriz Ferreyra speaks with Geeta Dayal about the origin and objectives of her art.

Olivia Block and Lea Bertucci: Sharing Stories, Comparing Notes

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Electroacoustic composer-performers Olivia Block and Lea Bertucci share their thoughts on space, illumination, composition, and communication in advance of their shared bill at Issue Project Room Feb. 10.

Beth Willer: Exploring Roles and Expanding Possibilities with Lorelei Ensemble

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Beth Willer, a singer, conductor, and founder of Boston's acclaimed Lorelei Ensemble, talks about working with all-treble ensembles, expanding the repertoire, and the program Lorelei brings to New York Feb. 9.

Kate Soper: Still Heeding the Call of Sirens

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Rebecca S. Lentjes speaks with composer, performer, and writer Kate Soper, whose critically acclaimed 2014 opera 'Here Be Sirens' will be staged in a new production at National Sawdust Jan. 28.

Missy Mazzoli: Examining the American Dream Onstage

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Missy Mazzoli, whose new opera 'Proving Up' has its premiere at the Kennedy Center Jan. 19 and 21, talks about examining the American Dream onstage, the urge to compose, and the slow pace of progress.

Nicole Mitchell: Science Fiction and Sound Strategies

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Nicole Mitchell, a dynamic flutist, composer, bandleader, and teacher named artist-in-residence for the 2018 Winter JazzFest in New York City, discusses her creative path and aspirations in and beyond music.

Claron McFadden: The Secrets We All Share

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In 'Secrets,' a multimedia theatrical concert coming to National Sawdust Jan. 13 & 14, Claron McFadden deploys the breadth of her technique to bring to light the stories we all hide from the world.

In Review: Gabrielle Herbst in A Room of One's Own

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“A Room of One’s Own,” a new MATA series launched Dec. 15 with a Gabrielle Herbst event, provides the opportunity for female-identifying composers to try out new ideas in a low-pressure environment.

Jenny Hval: Testing the Boundaries of Performance

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Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval, who performs at National Sawdust on Dec. 18, speaks with Sasha Geffen about touring, collaboration, and smuggling intestines through airport security.