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"....a quasi-orchestral pallete of coloristic effects...deftly realized by Anderson as he shaped each entry with epigrammatic concentration." – Thomas May, The Washington Post

"...William Anderson’s skills are both mesmerizing and inspiring..."
-- Take Effect

"...the alert guitarist..."
-- NY Times

Latest recording -- the punctum saliens:

Onshoring keeps the focus on American primal scenes.
"Whistle"is Kevin Young's peach -- his son.
"An Hymn to Morning" turns Phyllys Wheatley's Hynm to Evening upside down.

Bildung, individuation, spring from a poison oasis.

Blue Laws

--Year 3 for Classical and New Music with The Village Trip--

We're now mopping up after The Village Trip '23

some highlights --

--Sept 14 at Loft393 In Memory of Scott Johnson

--Sept 16 GFest 2 -- The Mel Powell Centenary

--Sept 16 GFest 3 featuring David Leisner

A Tale of Two Bourgeoisies

Mascha Kaléko, a poet from the last century, is shaping my counterpoint of Bourgeois musics. She sheds some light on what I've already been doing. I connect the transplanted European things to native US things. I call it "onshoring".

I made a comment during The Village Trip, something like, "Kaleko is a poet who came to the US and felt how very weird it is here. I can relate to that." The comment was recorded, and I will look for it to quote myself properly. And I was born and raised here." Kaleko is the poet for US misfits. My musical expression of this is seen in the combination of piano and electric guitar, which accompanies my Kaléko settings.

– William Kentner Anderson

Bio

Latest Discography

William Kentner Anderson Der Weg ins Freie
2019, Furious Artisans (facd6819)

William Kentner Anderson Der Weg ins Freie

2019, Furious Artisans (facd6819)

Works


From the New Focus Website

Guitarist/composer William Kentner Anderson releases a collection of works ... music is not like anything else, often engaging with simple musical materials-pop songs, folksongs and folk lyrics. He breaks barriers-asking his guitarists to sing backup vocals, incorporating Tibetan overtone singing in his setting of Djuna Barnes' "Paradise", integrating an uillean piper into the Cygnus Ensemble.


Camerata 21, Vol. 04
2018, Marsyas Productions

Camerata 21, Vol. 04

2018, Marsyas Productions

Works by Mario Davidovsky, Emil Awad, Jeffrey Nichols, Jose Saldaña, William Anderson, Robert Pollock

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https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=OLAK5uy_lKSby8N9G-qaPqwSGh7Uz8G_GbAbQvDK0


Nameless: Works by Matthew Greenbaum
2015, Furious Artisans (FACD6812)

Nameless: Works by Matthew Greenbaum

2015, Furious Artisans (FACD6812)

Matthew Greenbaum is the only composer in New York to be a mentee of both Stefan Wolpe and Mario Davidovsky. Wolpe was one of the many great minds who were forced to our shores by historical circumstances, and arriving here, found that there was interest in what they had to offer. Stravinsky, Hindemith, Krenek, Schoenberg, as well as Stefan Wolpe all tried to put down roots in the Western Hemisphere, with varied success. Or, perhaps it’s more fair to say that their influence is paying off very slowly over a long period of time.


Music of Johann Kaspar Mertz
2013, Titanic Records

Music of Johann Kaspar Mertz

2013, Titanic Records

This is Anderson's first solo album.