New Music Resounds Amid the Crisis

By: Micheal Zweibach
April 21, 2020

“Artists are absorbing the body blow of the COVID-19 shutdown in various ways, but those with institutional affiliations may be better situated. New music and experimental music performers are in the unenviable position of having the least institutional support, but the ones that are out there are rallying round.

National Sawdust’s initiative complements and even augments individual relief funds, like New Music USA’s Solidarity Fund.

Meanwhile, as an aside, this Saturday at 1:30 PST (4:30 EST), you can tune into the livestream of The Universe in Verse, poetry and music about scientific subjects conceived by the brilliant Maria Popova who created the blog Brain Pickings. Participating musicians include Rosanne Cash, Patti Smith, Amanda Palmer, Zoë Keating, Morley, and Cécile McLorin Salvant, and Paola Prestini, whose Thrush Song (which was commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and based on text from Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring) performed by the Young People’s Chorus of NYC, in a “virtual choir” video stitching together individual performances from the children’s homes.”

Read the full article at www.sfcv.org