It’s great to see your friends doing well. This week, the New York Times came out with a lengthy profile of Caleb Burhans, who I know from my time in New York pre-business school. Caleb’s a fantastic musician who’s pretty much at the epicenter of a vast movement of young conservatory graduates who have been descending upon NYC and shaking up the new music world during the past decade. Groups like Alarm Will Sound (of which Caleb is a founding member), Signal, and International Contemporary Ensemble are every bit as much on the front line of innovation in new music performance as the Bang on a Can All-Stars were twenty years ago. Caleb and his wife, Martha Cluver, are members of the famed Trinity Choir, which is the epicenter of another vast movement of young singers shaking up the NYC choral world over the same time period. Meanwhile, my unofficial blog shrink Darcy James Argue has landed himself a record contract with New Amsterdam Records, which is building a genuine grassroots community of talented and exciting musicians through its website and label operations. Congratulations to all!
By Ian David Moss on October 8, 2008