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

 

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Possessed by Coltrane, the Beatles, Ceil Taylor and his own muse, Words On New Music interviews the transcendent Joseph Benzola

Hear Ye, Hear Ye and You, the March 2017 episode of the Words On New Music podcast is out in living aural color!  The Skype embodied tag-team of Jim Goodin and Paul Muller virtually sat down recently with multi-instrumentalist musician and composer Joseph (Joe) Benzola and had a grand conversation with Mr B talking about his musical art, inspirations, opinions, happiness and anger, all right here on the March 2017 Words On New Music!

Listen Words On New Music – the Joseph Benzola interview – 81:37 length

Musical works featured by the composer in this episode include…

Kurt and Jaco Are Dancing In Heaven (from the album, Portraits Of The Dead Complete: 1995-2014)

Improv In Memory Of Larry Coryell

Charles Ives – For Dan Stearns (from the album, Portraits Of The Dead Complete: 1995-2014)

Tuareg (from the album, Tuareg)

Three Short Pieces (from the album, Tuareg)