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...


"...distinctly American..."
– textura
"...textually shimmering and harmonically ravishing..."
– Gramophone
"...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



Vanessa Wagner's new album INLAND
Renown French pianist Vanessa Wagner (Victoire de la Musique) releases INLAND, a mesmerizing solo piano album on the acclaimed label Inifné. She recorded a stunningly beautiful interpretation of "Quiet Rhythms no. 9" in addition to music by Moondog, Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch, Bryce Dessner, Philip Glass, Meredith Monk, Michael Nyman, Hans Otte, Nico Muhly, Gavin Bryars, Wim Mertens, and Pēteris Vasks. Album release: April 26, 2019
Duo Zuber: Blackbird Redux album release
Belarca Records releases Blackbird Redux featuring Patricia Wolf Zuber, flute and Greg Zuber, marimba January 18, 2018. The album is a program of 20th and 21st century music from four countries on four continents by Gareth Farr, Olivier Messiaen, William Susman, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Watch the album trailer.
Fordlandia at Fort Worth Opera Frontiers
Fordlandia, a family drama about the tragic struggle between Henry Ford and his son, Edsel, over the leadership and future of Ford Motor Company and their wives who save it from ruin, was selected for the Fort Worth Opera Frontiers Showcase. May 2 & 3, 2018. Frontiers 2018 press release.

Music, Polyphony and Polyrhythm

Thoughts on Contemporary Music

The Forest Within

Sue Susman recently published a new collection of poetry called The Forest Within.


Previous Entries

The Forest Within
Clave Patterns in Quiet Rhythms
Composer/Percussionist Olivia Kieffer Talks About Arranging and Performing
Writing for Percussionists
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