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



Rhythm of Silence
Coming January 2016 Belarca Records releases a new album Rhythm of Silence with Japanese pianist Erika Tazawa. The album features 21st century solo piano music from Dutch composer Douwe Eisenga, Italians Francesco DiFiore and Matteo Sommacal, and Amercians Marc Mellits and William Susman.
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 and a new album released on Zefir Records and distributed by Naxos September 4, 2015
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."

Music, Polyphony and Polyrhythm

Thoughts on Contemporary Music

The Video Art of Valeria Di Matteo

Valeria Di Matteo is a video artist based in Sicily. She creates stunning videos that combine music, text and visuals. Recently, she created two beautiful videos. They are promotional album trailers for contemporary music CDs. One was for the composer/pianist Francesco Di Fiore and the other for pianist Erika Tazawa. Her works are fantastic film […]


Previous Entries

The Video Art of Valeria Di Matteo
National Gallery of Art to Screen Native New Yorker
Camille on Relevant Tones
Album of the Week
Experiencing a 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