February 2000 top websites revisited
Continuing our visit, one year on, to the Chamber Music America top 50
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The EMF / Leonardo Guide to the World was at place No 30. (EMF is an
acronym for Electronic
Music Foundation, and Leonardo Online is the website of the International Society
for the Arts, Sciences and Technology.) The site gives information about
new music, electronic music and the media arts, and seems to be reasonably
up-to-date, although a few signs indicate that it may not yet have been
updated in 2001.
An education directory, professional opportunities listings, presentation
proposals, items of interest and an internet directory all make this a very
As with many other sites in this top 50 list, EMF appears to be centred
geographically on New York City, but also covers events in three other world
cities: North America, Europe and Elsewhere! (Actually, to be fair, the
'World Wide Calendar' does acknowledge one other city -- Paris.)
The Prism Saxophone Quartet (Matthew Levy, Timothy Ries, Taimur Sullivan
and Michael Whitcombe), at 29, has graced the pages of Music & Vision
before now, and a 'gentle reedy playing' quote from the New York Times on
the Quartet's entry page continues the New York thread from the previous
item. You'll find all you'd expect here, at this easy-to-navigate up-to-date
20/21 DG's Music of Our Time is the Deutsche Grammophon portal to 'music
of our time', currently featuring Sur Incises (Boulez), I Hear
the Water Dreaming (Takemitsu), Aura Engine (Lindberg) and Wintermärchen
(Boesmans) on the main page, and with links to news and preview/catalogue
pages. Position 28 in the grand scheme of things.
BAM -- The Brooklyn Academy of Music's site (27), America's oldest performing
arts centre, is home to the Brooklyn Philharmonic and is currently geared
up to selling subscriptions for its 2001 spring season. Cinemas, guides
to new media and the BAMcafé are all waiting to be explored.
Ensemble 21 Artists -- the contemporary music performance group Ensemble
21, composer Jason Eckardt and pianist Marilyn Nonken, appeared at position
26, and is currently announcing the launch on 1 March 2001 of Nonken's CD
Relâche, the USA-based new music performance group, founded in
1977 is at No 25. An interesting site with composer, ensemble and guest
musician biographies, an up-to-date list of current events, history, recordings
and more ...
Lot 24 is CDNow, the popular online CD shop, selling recorded music in
all genres, of course. A link to a separate classical search is a good sign,
suggesting they're not, unlike so many companies, trying to squeeze the
classical area into a simple 'artist and album name' format.
Glenn Branca and his ensemble have a site which attracted the CMA reviewers
to allocate position 23. As well as a discography, a (cyberpunk) bibliography,
sound bites and information about ensemble members, you'll find a video
of a live 1996 performance here.
The distinctive design of Motion: a focal point for new music
(a part of the State 51 conspiracy) achieved position 32. A UK-based review
site which also publishes new music features and has a record shop finder
with entries in 35 countries.
Paris Transatlantic Magazine (21) is another site offering global
coverage of new music. Previously the Paris New Music Review (founded
1993), it has spread its wings and now offers global coverage of new, classical
and avant-garde music, film and dance. Special features on Antheil,
China and the Georgian Republic.
Copyright © 13 February 2001 Keith
Bramich, London, UK
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