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...


"...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



Pre-order the New Album SCATTER MY ASHES
New Single from Karen Bentley Pollick
Violinist Karen Bentley Pollick gives a stunning performance on the Belarca special single ARIA for violin & piano. Listen and download it here. Impeccably recorded with hi-res DSD technology at OTR Studios in Belmont, California.
OCTET's Album Debut Set for June Release
Naxos releases OCTET ensemble's album debut Scatter My Ashes on Belarca Records June 10 featuring soprano Mellissa Hughes and pianist Elaine Kwon.

Music, Polyphony and Polyrhythm

Thoughts on Contemporary Music

Setting a Poem to Music

Title Track from OCTET ensemble’s album debut featuring soprano Mellissa Hughes. The poem Scatter My Ashes is by my sister Sue Susman. I originally set this poem for voice and piano. It was subsequently arranged for OCTET ensemble. I like the sound of these words, their message and the movement they create in their meaning […]


Previous Entries

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?
Native New Yorker: How did I approach composing the music for a silent film?
Native New Yorker: How did I get involved with this project?
Earle Brown | Available Recollections: Lucky