From Experimental Rock and Roll Youth to an On-the-Rise composer of orchestral and chamber works, Julian Bennett Holmes

Welcome to the first Words On New Music for 2018!  Join Paul Muller and I, Jim Goodin, for a live Skype interview of inspired conversation and music with NYC based composer, Julian Bennett Holmes.

Julian was born in New York City, in 1991.  After studying with Lowell Liebermann and Richard Danielpour, he currently studies with Marjorie Merryman at the Manhattan School of Music.  As a teenager, he toured internationally, playing drums in experimental rock bands.

He has won prizes including the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composers Award, the Mannes College Bohuslav Martinů Prize, and the Second Prize at the Seventh International Antonín Dvorák Composition Competition.  In 2016, his first symphony was premiered by the Mannes Orchestra, and his first opera, a one-act, will be premiered in early 2018.

In this episode Paul and I talk with Julian about the life cycle of his symphony for 80 piece orchestra, from creation to the live performance and about his composition Fantasy for Violin and Electronics.

Click the link below to listen now to the words and music of Julian Bennett Holmes.

WONM with Jim Goodin & Paul Muller in conversation with Julian Bennett Holmes

Musical works by Julian Bennett Holmes featured in this Words On New Music
  • Duet for Violin and Violincello, the First Movement (2016)
  • Finale Presto, the Fourth Movement from his first Symphony (2016)
  • Fantasy for Violin and Electronics
  • Piano Sonata #2, the Third Movement

artist photograph by Marisha Falkovich



NEW Music Works – Layton, Mimlitsch, Vaisvil, Smith, Ficara, Cadman, Allenson and Newbold, from Words On New Music

And from the end of May, a new Words On New Music is out!  This episode we bring you original NEW music from composers, Steve Layton, Paul Mimlitsch, Chris Vaisvil, Benjamin Smith, Ken Ficara, Shane Cadman, Kavin Allenson and Bill Newbold, from the New Music Internet community, Sound In – along with reacts in-between from the east-coast-west-coast-via-Skype hosts Jim Goodin and Paul Muller.

Listen >>> WONM May 2017: NEW Music Works – Layton, Mimlitsch, Vaisvil, Smith, Ficara, Cadman, Allenson and Newbold – 75:36

Artists and Music in this episode…

Steve Layton, Golden Years

Paul Mimlitsch, 051917g

Chris Vaisvil, It’s a Glitch Audio

Benjamin Smith, Ben.Improv.May.18.2017

Ken Ficara, After the Heat Broke

Shane W. Cadman, Piece051917

Kavin., Danse du Desartra

Bill Newbold, Say Something More 1