March 27, 2015 Leave a comment
I am embarrassed to look at my blog and to see how long it has been since I wrote anything. Some might think that I disappeared which is of course not the case. Here I am!! I am back!!!
Between teaching, administrative duties at my school, and of course radio I really do not have much time left. Once again, I am promising that even if I do not have much time, I will post some pictures or music videos to keep the blog going.
I never will catch-up with all the blogs that I could have written during the last few years. Despite this, I will try to summarize things I still remember in a few sentences.
- I became more active (at least during broadcasts of Classical Discoveries) on Twitter. If you want to follow me you can do so @MarvinRosen. You will find out during my radio broadcasts what music is coming next.
- The Piano Duo “Venti Dita” CD became available on CD Baby in April 2013 and sold pretty well, meaning that we at least recouped most of our expenses.
- Have done a few performances, concerts and some lectures about new music. Have been the subjects of a few newspaper stories.
- In 2013 I received the “Distinguished Musician Alumni Award“ from TCNJ.
- Have finally meet one of my favorite, Slovak composers Vladimir Godár in New York.
So what did I miss with regard to my radio program?
- I presented many special programs.
- Had two summers of special programming – “Treasures of Early Music” and for part of last summer, a number of avant-garde specials.
- Had interviews with Kaija Saariaho, 2 guests from Poland, Miłosz Bembinow and Dariusz Przybylski, return visits to the studio by Frank J. Oteri and Andrew Rudin, and a number of first timers such as Vivian Fung, Randall Woolf and Kathleen Supové (Woolf and Red Riding Hood), Guy Klucevsek and many others I have not mentioned here.
- Students from my class on 21st Century Music (in the winter of 2014 and 2015) presented wonderful on the air interviews with their chosen composers. This class is part of the Honors Music Program at Westminster Conservatory in Princeton, NJ.
- Presented a special 12-hour music marathon celebrating the 30th Anniversary of New York Women Composers.
- Presented three more annual Viva 21st Century Marathons (two of three were actually 25 hour-long) – I hosted my 10th new music marathon this past December. *
With 10* to my credit (1 devoted to American composers and one to women), all live and hosted, some of my friends started call me a Marathonmaniac. Yes, I must be crazy to be on the air for 242 hours during 10 sittings. One of those days I will summarize how many new, 21st century compositions I have presented during all of my New Music Marathons combined.
* Actually 11th -24 hour but was devoted just to the music of Alan Hovhaness on his 100th hundred birthday year
I must say that being live on the air for 24-25 hours straight and playing that all wonderful music gets me so excited that I do not feel tired until about the 23rd hour. This is why I love it each year when my annual guests – composer friends like Daniel Dorff and Robert Moran (plus many that I have endless gratitude to but not mentioned here) visit me, especially close to the end and join me on the air talking about their recent, just written works.
Nothing can replace a live, unedited, spontaneous DJ trying to speak, after being on the air for many, many hours. This is one of the special, unique moments of live radio. Someone told me that I was the first who dared to present a 24 hour live marathon devoted to compositions just written after 2000 when I did this back in 2007 (of course in addition to playing new music on Classical Discoveries each week for almost 18 years)
I am sorry to say this but many people have forgotten this already or have maybe chosen to ignore it, have simply very short memories, or are maybe playing politics. I do not know, but I am OK with this and very happy that there are others doing 24 hour Marathons featuring new music. We need these more often since we already have plenty of new music to present on many marathons.
In 2007 it was much harder to organize 24 hours of good, diverse new music but now it is a totally different story.
Maybe one day I will try to do 30 straight hours. Should I do it? Should I announce a challenge “The Game of XXI-Marathons”? Hmmmm?.
Talking about new music news: Last Wednesday I presented the World Premiere Broadcast of the just premiered (February, 2015) Viper Concerto for Viper electric violin and orchestra by Serbian composer, Ana Milosavljevic composed in 2014!
- Now I am working on my 3 specials: “Sacred Bridges” (Wednesday, April 1, 5:30-11:00am), “Little Known Treasures of Early Music for Easter” (Sunday, April 5, 10:00am-1:00pm) and “Music for Orthodox Easter” (Sunday, April 12, 1:00-3:00pm).
So get ready. More blogs are coming (I hope)!