Hear The Landmark SoundBeam

The Landmark Center elevator lobby is now home to Philip Blackburn’s Landmark SoundBeam; a permanent public sound sculpture installed in this historic building! Step into the beam and listen like a ghost — through the walls and ceilings, from the subbasement to the towers, from offices, museums, courtrooms, HVAC rooms, to the cortile. The whole […]

Gao Hong Book Release: Chinese Pipa Method

Minnesota composer Gao Hong recently shared with ACF some meaningful insight on her new publication The Hal Leonard Chinese Pipa Method, now available from Amazon. In her own words… When I wrote this book I had three important readers in my mind: anyone who wanted to learn to play Pipa, any guitarist or lute player who […]

Announcing Zeitgeist’s 2016-2017 Concert Series

Announcing Zeitgeist’s 2016-2017 Concert Series Zeitgeist is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 series of performances, festivals, and collaborations to take place at Studio Z in Lowertown Saint Paul. For the Birds CD Release Concert Sept. 8-10 The 2016-17 season begins with the release of Zeitgeist’s latest recording. A compelling combination of colorful musical performance, songs, […]

Vocalessence Remix Adds New Voices To Choral Music

VocalEssence announces the winners of its second annual ReMix mentorship, designed to foster the next generation of choral music composers. VocalEssence ReMix matches four emerging Minnesota composers with mentors for a six-month one-on-one partnership to help each composer complete two new, original choral pieces. These works will premiere at the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) […]

David Evan Thomas receives “An die Musik Award”

David Evan Thomas received the An die Musik Award “in recognition of outstanding dedication and commitment to the work and mission of The Schubert Club” at The Schubert Club Annual Luncheon on June 8, 2016 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota. The event featured an address by composer Libby Larsen […]

Album Release: Siama Matuzungidi’s “Rivers”

Many of the Twin Cities finest World & New Music performers collaborated on this recently released album. Congratulations to all – we’re glad you’re part of this thriving community! RIVERS – from the Congo to the Mississippi Siama Matuzungidi left home at 17, his guitar strapped to his back. Music has since carried him across Africa, […]

SPCO’s Liquid Music Series: New Podcast Interview Series

THE SAINT PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA’S LIQUID MUSIC SERIES PARTNERS WITH McNALLY SMITH COLLEGE OF MUSIC TO CREATE LIQUID MUSIC PLAYLIST WITH VISIONARY ARTISTS AND COMPOSERS Liquid Music perpetually seeks to connect increasingly intrepid audiences with innovative new projects and iconoclastic artists through any means within reach. Now, through a new partnership with McNally Smith College of Music, […]

The Wonderful World of Innova

The Wonderful World of Innova features tell-all interviews with artists from innova® Recordings (the record label of American Composers Forum).  This is the video version of the audio podcast, Alive and Composing (episodes of which can be found here).  Watch & listen as Dr. Philip Blackburn talks with Todd Reynolds, Douglas Ewart, Jason Kao Hwang […]

innova: Zeitgeist

Lauded for providing “a once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous concertgoers,” Zeitgeist is a new music chamber ensemble comprised of two percussion, piano and woodwinds. Always eager to explore new artistic frontiers, Zeitgeist collaborates with composers of all types to create imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music. Zeitgeist has released four albums […]