Getting started in New Music: experiences with Reveille

On January 26, I gave a talk here at Memorial University as part of our annual Newfound Music Festival. Really, this talk is an excuse for me to share some stories, some opinions and some musical examples that I thought people in my musical community might appreciate. To supplement that talk, here are some links and videos for those who would like to follow up on what they heard (links will open in new tabs).


Reveille Trumpet Collective: our website
YouTube channels: Reveille Trumpet Collective, AaronAHodgson, JoelBrennanMusic, BergeronTom
Composition Prize 2011: some more information about our first attempt at a composition prize

Audio and video:

Arvo Part: “Da Pacem” has been recorded by Paul Hillier and the Estonian Philharmonic Choir
David Lang: “Anvil Chorus” can be heard on a live sampler released by the Bang on a Can collective
Osvaldo Golijov: “Wa Habibi” is part of Ayre, featuring Dawn Upshaw

A video introduction to Reveille’s Sound Symposium concert launch

Some light reading:

NYT, “The Music Is Classical, and the Bar Is Busy,” article about Le Poisson Rouge
NYT, “Club Kids Are Storming Music Museums,” article about New Music (mostly in NYC…)
NYT, “Best Way to the Concert? Get Yourself a Rowboat,” another interesting concert from this past summer
NYT, “Turning It Outside-In at Armory,” one last experimental music performance

Kyle Gann, Music Downtown
Alex Ross, The Rest Is Noise
Alex Ross, Listen to This

A very short list of some interesting artists/groups/labels to watch in contemporary classical:

eighth blackbird
cantaloupe records
sleeping giant
bang on a can
kronos quartet
dal niente ensemble
red light new music
now ensemble
so percussion