New Work: Anna Webber

Early in the global pandemic, I learned about the theory of the “hedonic treadmill.” Maybe all of you know about this already, but in case you, like me, didn’t know, basically this theory posits that after an extremely positive or extremely negative change in a human’s life, we ultimately return to about the same level

New Work: Carlo Costa

Despite performing rarely the past couple of years have been fruitful in a few different ways. Below is a list of some of my musical activities since the spring of 2020. In May of 2020 I started a long distance collaboration with Philippe Lauzier, a composer, improviser, clarinetist and saxophonist based in Montreal, Canada. We began

New Work: Travis Laplante

From saxophonist Travis Laplante: Before I write about my personal and artistic experience during the pandemic thus far, it feels important to acknowledge that this period of time has been devastating for countless people.  Whether it’s losing loved ones, working in an over-taxed health care environment, losing one’s business, or dealing with severe long-Covid symptoms—my

New Work: Patrick Shiroishi

From saxophonist and composer Patrick Shiroishi: When 2019 was ending, I was excited for the year to be reborn. Not only did I have my first vinyl coming out, but there were also plans to have a septet assembled to reimagine the music for the record release show as well as my first solo tour

New Work: Janice Lowe

From composer-poet, pianist, and interdisciplinary artist Janice Lowe: Pre-pandemic After years of co-creating musical theater pieces, as well as playing with various bands, I branched out; formed the band Janice Lowe & Namaroon, and was finally on the verge of finishing a self-produced album that had been in the slow cooker. That album, Leaving CLE  songs

Album Review: Michael Formanek Drome Trio – Were We Where We Were

Chordless saxophone trio has always been one of my favorite band formats as both a player and listener. Compared to piano trio or quartet, there’s a great deal of clarity, flexibility, and equality between the players, allowing for subtle as well as dramatic shifts in energy and texture to be made on a dime. The

New Work: Kevin Shea

From drummer Kevin Shea: Hello. Here is a summary of my music-related pandemic activities of the last 2 years. Since March 2020, I have played on thirty record releases comprised of 10 solo albums and another 20 records as sideman or collective. Pandemic solo album releases include Love Letter to My Drum Pad (attestation of

New Work: Ben Stapp

From tubaist and composer Ben Stapp: UQBAR MUSIC – Relaunch It’s been awhile since I’ve done a self release or promoted my label, Uqbar Music, but I was asked to run an article about what’s been going on with me during the pandemic, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to do a relaunch

New Work: Jacob Wick

From trumpeter and composer Jacob Wick: The last couple of years have not been good. The most politically, aesthetically, and intellectually interesting thing to me about music and art is intimacy—like, what people do together in a given space. The most profound effect of this particular ongoing pandemic has been a cooling, or in some

New Work: Fritz Welch

From the multi-everything artist Fritz Welch: It’s an interesting question, “What have you been doing during the past two years?”. Coincidentally a few people have asked me the same thing. I have no idea why! However there was a significant event that occurred almost 2 years ago to the day: everything went silent! I don’t