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William Susman belongs to the generation of American composers that came of age in the late twentieth century, received traditional academic training while remaining thoroughly engaged with popular music (in his case, jazz). Susman has written orchestral and chamber music for concert performance, as well as jazz and film scores. more...

Reviews

"...the next developments in the sphere (of) minimalism..."
– All Music
"...heavily minimalist-tinged music offers constant delight...impeccably crafted..."
– Fanfare
"...a beautifully eccentric segmented ballet simultaneously restrained and exuberant, more than once ecstatic."
– Folk & Acoustic Music
".. vivid, turbulent, rich-textured..."
– New York Times
"A flawless gem...rare beauty and consummate aesthetic discretion."
– Folk & Acoustic Music
"...wonder, beauty and melancholy... richly varied in orchestration and mood..."
– All Music

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News

PIANOSEQUENZA
Pianist/composer Francesco Di Fiore and video artist Valeria Di Matteo create a concert of "short stories". Filmscores by composers Francesco Di Fiore, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Yann Tierssn, and William Susman are paired with excerpts from their films performed on piano. The project entitled Pianosequenza premieres in Bacau, Romaina and then moves on to Middelburg, Netherlands with more dates TBA.
October 2014 Album of the Month at textura
Scatter My Ashes was chosen as Album of the Month at textura along with an interview that describes the album as "a genre-transcending fusion of contemporary Western classical, jazz, pop, and non-Western folk musics."
Buy the New Album SCATTER MY ASHES

Music, Polyphony and Polyrhythm

Thoughts on Contemporary Music

Live Performance

It’s a different experience watching a live performance of music than listening to a studio recording on your stereo (or earbuds). Here the Rome-based Italian ensemble Piccola Accademia degli Specchi perform the first movement of Camille at Zeeuwse Concertzaal in Middelburg, Netherlands in 2011. Camille (2010) was commissioned by Piccola Accademia degli Specchi. The work is scored for the […]

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Previous Entries

Live Performance
Album of the Month at textura
Melancholy, Unconscious, and Postmodern Solitude in Poetry
Setting a Poem to Music
The Poetry of Sue Susman
Quiet Rhythms and a little bit about the music
Brilliant Italian Composer/Pianist Francesco Di Fiore
Innovative Italian Video Artist Valeria Di Matteo
Native New Yorker: What is my view of the story?
Native New Yorker: From what did I draw my inspiration?