Friday morning miscellany

Go here to see video of Sonny Rollins receiving the MacDowell Medal at the MacDowell Colony.

Go here for “Take the Repeat” – podcasts from Network for New Music – one on the Diabelli Project and another featuring an interview with Bernard Rands. A new video from composer Melissa Dunphy is also at Network’s site.

Some are not recent, but there are interesting interviews with pianist Alan Feinberg, and composers such as Betsy Jolas, Paul Lansky, and Pierre Boulez, here.

Now Again

Network for New Music has released an all-Bernard Rands cd entitled Now Again, featuring the fabulous mezzo Janice Felty and the superb Network for New Music Ensemble. Read more about it and purchase a copy  here. Also, check out Network’s videos, including one on recording the Rands disc, as well as the first in a series of “Summer Shorts”, this one featuring Penn grad student composer Melissa Dunphy – yes, she of Gonzales Cantata fame.

I haven’t yet heard the disc, but I was at the first performance of the title work, which is based on Sappho fragments. It is an uncommonly gorgeous piece.