News and music to start your week!

Calling young women composers!  Pamela Z, pictured above, will be presenting on her compositional process TODAY, July 27 at 5pm EST, in a free presentation on the Young Women Composers workshop series.  Gabriela Lena Frank will be presenting on July 30!  Register for the zoom call here, where you can also view archived videos with Claire Chase, Nina C. Young, Sarah Williams, Angélica Negrón, Eve O’Donnell, Vivian Fung, Aiden Feltkamp, and Kate Soper.

The New York Times ran a story on Joseph Boulonge, an 18th century composer who has had his work and successes diminished by the demeaning nickname “Black Mozart.”  Read more about his life and music here.

NPR’s Morning Edition reported on a new album that re-creates the work of the first known women composers in America – women who lived in a cloister in Ephrata, Pennsylvania in the 1700s.  Listen in to the fascinating story of these women, Sister Föben, Sister Ketura and Sister Hanna, and to some of their music below:

This week NPR also reviewed a new album by composer Maria Schneider, titled Data Lords.  Read more about her work as a jazz composer and her work – and past collaborations with David Bowie – here.

The Archiv Frau und Musik is celebrating their 40th anniversary, and produced this video (in English) about the Archive and their work.  “With its around 26,000 items by over 1,900 women composers from 9th to 21st century and 52 nations, the Archive of Women in Music is the most extensive international archive of women composers worldwide.” What an important resource — let us all recognize the visionary work of this organization!

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