Words On New Music, 2 Voices in Conversation!

Hello New Music fans!  Paul and I have a new episode of Words On New Music.  This one grew from a test conversation of Google Voice we did looking for an option to replace Skype.  We both had recent live music experiences and spoke about Paul’s hearing of the contemporary chamber ensemble, Southland Ensemble and mine, going to a show of a violin teacher of mine, Tom Swafford who led an evening of solo and duo performances at the Brooklyn IBEAM.  We discussed the new music CD release by Dr. Peter Thoegersen, a polytempic and polymicrotonal composer, Three Pieces in Polytempic Polymicrotonality and each spoke about our own compositional process and work in electronic and electro-acoustic music.

Listen now: WONM with Jim Goodin & Paul Muller: 2 Voices in Conversation

Music and composers featured this episode…

Other Forests by Carolyn Chen performed by the Southland Ensemble

Tango Izquierda by Tom Swafford

Milko from Three Pieces in Polytempic Polymicrotonality by Dr. Peter Thoegersen

LY2 Feb 13, 2019 by Paul H. Muller

Dream from Still by Jim Goodin

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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