Changing Expectations: An Interview with Andrea Clearfield
19 Jun 2013
In the spring of 2013, on the occasion of the Center’s New Spaces / New Formats work group, the Center’s Performance Director Bill Adair sat down with Andrea Clearfield—a working musician, composer, curator, and member of the group—to discuss how making and listening to music is changing.
On the topic of changing curatorial models, Clearfield, who has been holding monthly performances in her loft for the past 27 years, had this to say:
This is a multisensory world now. People really respond to diverse programs. They may have come to experience something that they are familiar with and they are hearing and seeing things that are new and I think that that is part of our culture: We are craving the new.
About Andrea Clearfield
Andrea Clearfield is an award-winning composer of music for orchestra, chorus, chamber ensembles, dance, and multimedia collaborations. She has been awarded international fellowships from the American Composers Forum at the American Academy in Rome, the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center and Civitella Ranieri in Italy and Fundaciòn Valparaiso in Spain. She was recently visiting composer at the University of Chicago, the College of William and Mary, the University of Texas at Austin and the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia. She is the pianist in the Relâche Ensemble and the founder and host of the renowned Philadelphia Salon concert series.
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