Listening to America’s Best Idea

Most people go to Rocky Mountain National Park or Glacier National Park to enjoy the breathtaking, once in a lifetime views. But if you look closely, you might notice a man who is as much listening to the surroundings as he is enjoying the view. Since 2009, adventure...

Abstractions on the Open Road

Composer/guitarist Christopher Cresswell, following the March 2018 release of 315 Ensemble’s “bold, original, and attention-grabbing” eponymous debut record, has had a busy spring with premieres of two major new works, in the space that separates and a stillness,...

Gilbertson Named Finalist for 2018 Pulitzer Prize

Michael Gilbertson’s day started the same as any other day: teaching ear training to Freshmen students at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and then getting ready for his upcoming premiere with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, but all that changed when his...

Finding Poetry in the Static

The debut album of emerging American composer, electric guitarist, and sound artist Christopher Cresswell, eponymously named after the ensemble he runs, 315 Ensemble, has just been released earlier this month on Ravello Records. “I’m interested in the intersection...

The Past is Prelude: Denis Levaillant Reinterprets Debussy

The music of Claude Debussy has been near and dear to French composer-pianist Denis Levaillant; his love for the iconic composer stemmed from his earliest musical experiences, starting with the Debussy Preludes for piano: “Well, when I was 11, my teacher suggested to...