New York Composers
Searching for a New Music

directed by Michael Blackwood
58 minutes, color


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Narrated by the Composers
Featuring Tan Dun, Michael Gordon, Phil Kline, David Lang, Julia Wolfe, Lois V Vierk, Philip Glass, and Steve Reich. With the participation of the Kronos Quartet, Bang on a Can All Stars, Reigakusha, and others. Filmed in the composers' studios and at rehearsals and performances.

This group of New York composers, the heirs to Philip Glass and Steve Reich, are part of a vibrant generation bred from rock music and pop culture. The Bang on a Can festival, from which all six emerged, has become a significant part of the musical life of the city, as have its creators. Unlike their predecessors, who see themselves as coming from the classical tradition, they live in an era of permissiveness, free and open to experiment in music. Their sources are as diverse and unique as world music, Beethoven, and Led Zeppelin, combined with their direct connection to New York - a place which offers them inspiration, diversity, and dissonance.

New York Composers
© Robin Holland