Why Is New Music So Good?

by Benjamin Taylor, SFCA Composer in Residence Let me begin by stating that clearly there is plenty of old music that is good, and plenty that isn’t so good! The same is true of “New Music” as a category: plenty is good, but plenty is bad! When I ask “Why is new music so good?”,

Growing Up with San Francisco Choral Artists

In a way, I grew up with SF Choral Artists. My father, composer Roger Nixon, was a good friend of SFCA’s founder, Ralph Hooper.  I remember attending choral concerts at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco thirty years ago with Hooper conducting – I was a lot younger then.  Later, when Magen Solomon took over as

Josh Horowitz of Veretski Pass on "Lilith The Night Demon"

Lilith The Night Demon – After we had finished our last project, The Klezmer Shul, there were many bits and pieces of compositions that we had left behind, ones that didn’t make the final cut, not because of any lack of quality, but simply because they didn’t fit the format we had developed. There was

The First Listener

  by Benjamin Taylor, SFCA Composer in Residence In my practice as a composer, I have a philosophy that I believe helps me keep my bearings and objectivity, a way to remind myself why I’m making music. I remember the first listener. All music ever heard by human ears has had a premiere performance, but

Color in music: Sweet Voices and Noyses with The Whole Noyse

by Magen Solomon, Artistic Director Pop quiz! 1. Define “curtal,” “gittern,” “cornetto.” 2. Use all three words correctly in a sentence. Incorrect: No, “curtal” is not a sauce for roasted meats… no, “gittern” is not a kind of gigolo…no, “cornetto” is not a corn-based snack food … Correct: “You will shortly be hearing a curtal