Convivencia Playlist
"Picareque" in Brno

I am now in my third year as Director of Classical and New Music for The Village Trip. I have been finding truly remarkable artists, ensemblesm co-presenters & partners. They broaden the range of the offerings by passionately advocating for wonderful things that I would not do.

I am looking at "My 21st Century", below, and I see that this year, I am true to that. That is a programming strategy no less than my compositional strategy. It's a protest against groupthink. TVT 23 includes a number of authentic mavericks. David Loeb is in a category of ONE. Hear "Between Sea & Sky on Sept 16 @ St. John's. I produced a CD, a compilation of existing recordings for Furious Artisans Records --Between Sea & Sky. I jotted some thoughts on Loeb on the Roger Shapiro Fund website. Fantasy on a Rondeaux of Dufay

Sept 14 at Loft393 is a program in memory of Scott Johnson, with a performance of his "Bowery Haunt", commissioned in 2005 by Cygnus and written for the Cygnus guitarists, me and Oren Fader. Scott is another maverick. More than anyone else and on a grand scale, he built downtown up into a big city by thinking hard about what makes a big moment right, not gratuitous. That's achieved with compositional chops. If you were waiting for the downtown scene to ripen into something.....*masterful and exalted*--you have that in the work of Scott Johnson.

On 16th at St. John's and on 24th at St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery there is a bit of Mel Powell to recognize his centenary. Powell bridges across perhaps the greatest range of postwar musics.

Mel Powell's trajectory --

--Bobby Soxer songs for the Benny Goodman, represented by my arrangement of his song "My Guy's Come Back" on Sept 16th and 24th
--50's jazz with a bebop edge, check out his filmscore for Art Clokey's Gumbasia
--Psychedelia -- he was active at The Electric Circus
--Pulitzer Prize winning modernist -- represented on TVT with Xingxing Yao's performance on Sept 16 of "Setting", the solo guitar piece that Powell wrote for David Starobin, shortly before he won his Pulitzer

My 21st Century: Reconcile sounds that maximalists exclude with sounds that minimalists exclude, as well as sounds that both exclude. Next, de-couiple techniques from the sound world that we associate with those techniques. These keep my music from falling into any currently entrenched faction. It's an attitude toward ideology-- embrace what each rejects. ---William Kentner Anderson

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

Djuna Barnes Settings

William Anderson composes, performs and produces concerts and recordings in the US and abraod. He began playing chamber music at the Tanglewood Festival at age 19. Richard Ortner called him to Tanglewood for guitar parts throughout the 1980s.

Anderson was a guest on WNYC's Leonard Lopate Show; and on NPR's All Things Considered, when excerpts from his Overture to Sounding Beckett were broadcast nation-wide.

– Anderson has performed with many of New York City's finest ensembles, including the New York Philharmonic, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Players, Sequitur, the Group for Contemporary Music, the Da Capo Chamber Players.

– He founded the Cygnus Ensemble in 1985. Cygnus has built a substantial repertoire of chamber music with plucked strings. He became Artistic Director of the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music in 2011.

– As a composer and arranger Anderson was the first to use a multiply-partitioned array as an accompaniment to a 3-chord pop song (My Morphine--Welch/Anderson), This and other experiments in adapting modernist techniques led Paul Griffiths, in the NY Times, to say:

“The mindful voice of Ives, of Stravinsky and of Mr. Wuorinen’s music would not seem to be implied much by such a song as “Night and Day,” but Mr. Anderson’s extraordinary arrangements of this and other numbers by Jerome Kern and Richard Rogers set them squarely and astonishingly in the same tradition...”

In 1982 he began studying with America's premiere guitar pioneer David Starobin, who introduced him to music communities in New York City. Anderson has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Players under James Levine, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He regularly appeared in Washinton D.C.with the Theater Chamber Players at the Kennedy Center, under Directors Dina Koston and Leon Fleisher.

Anderson founded Cygnus in 1986. Cygnus commissioned works by rising generations of composers, as well as landmark works such as Milton Babbitt's Swan Song No. 1, Mario Davidovsky's Ladino Songs and Charles Wuorinen's Cygnus.

Mr. Anderson appears on numerous recordings, and has given recitals and radio broadcasts in Europe, Mexico, Japan and the U.S. With Cygnus, he has performed in Denmark, Holland, Poland, Russia, Mexico and California. Cygnus also offers a series of three concerts each season at Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, presenting important new works by America’s best composers. In the New Music Connoisseur, Leo Kraft wrote a review of a Cygnus performance in New York, saying, “If Mr. Anderson’s aim was to show how the guitar can play a significant role in chamber music, he certainly succeeded.” Anderson teaches guitar at Sarah Lawrence College and Queens College. Since 2011 he has been Artistic Director of the Roger Shapiro Fund for New Music and its production arm, Marsyas Productions.