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



May Day May Day – Welcome To Machine – The NYC ElectroAcoustic Improvisation Summit

Screen Shot 2017-05-01 at 7.16.37 PMFor the first day of May there’s a new Words On New Music podcast out!  In this episode Jim and Paul talk about the concluding night of the Second Annual NYC Electroacoustic Improvisation Summit including samples of the artists who performed as well as commentary about similar work going on the West Coast.  The NYC event took place this past February.  The concert series featured music by artists focused on the integration of music improvisation and real-time interactive computer systems.

Listen at Words On New Music – May 2017 – 72:04

Artists’ music included in this cast (info from the website)…

Thomas Ciufo and Curtis Bahn, Sonic Constructions (hybird acoustic/electronic instruments)

Nick Demopoulos, Archeon Eon (“Smomid” and “Pyramidi” invented electronic instruments)

Adam James Wilson, Skronkbot (fretless electric guitar and automatic improvisation system)

Doug Van Nort, Solo Improvisation with GREIS (tablet controller and GREIS improvisation system)

Jeff Kaiser, ZEITNOT (Bb trumpet, quartertone trumpet, flugelhorn, interactive audio software)