This spring, on the occasion of the Center’s “New Spaces/New Formats” work group, Music Director Bill Adair sat down with Andrea Clearfield—a working musician, composer, curator, and member of the group—to discuss how making and listening to music is changing.
On the topic of changing curatorial models, Clearfield, who has been holding monthly performances in her loft for the past 27 years, had this to say:
This is a multisensory world now. People really respond to diverse programs. They may have come to experience something that they are familiar with and they are hearing and seeing things that are new and I think that that is part of our culture: We are craving the new.
Listen here to an excerpt of Adair and Clearfield’s conversation:
Stay tuned for more details about the “New Spaces/New Formats” pilot project at Christ Church/Neighborhood House in Philadelphia during the last week of September 2013.
Click here to see a partial list of Clearfield’s research: www.oralliterature.org/collections/kblumenthal001.html
To learn more about Clearfield’s music salon: www.andreaclearfield.com/music-salon/
Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer of music for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles, dance, and multimedia collaborations. She has been praised by the New York Times for her “graceful tracery and lively, rhythmically vital writing”, the Philadelphia Inquirer for her “compositional wizardry” and “mastery with large choral and instrumental forces”, and by Opera News for her music of “timeless beauty.” Among her widely performed works are 10 cantatas, including one for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Clearfield has been awarded international fellowships from the American Composers Forum at the American Academy in Rome, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and Civitella Ranieri in Italy and Fundaciòn Valparaiso in Spain. She was recently visiting composer at the University of Chicago, the College of William and Mary, the University of Texas at Austin and the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. She is the pianist in the Relâche Ensemble and the founder and host of the renowned Philadelphia Salon concert series, now completing its 26th year featuring contemporary, classical, jazz, electronic, dance, and world music. For more information, visit www.andreaclearfield.com.