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...


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– 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..."
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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.
Belarca Records Launches New Website
Kudos to Daniel Sofer at Hermosawave who built the new website for belarca records! Were going to release a few new CDs next year including OCTET's inaugural venture and an album of piano music from Dutch, Italian and American composers with the stunning pianist Erika Tazawa. Thanks to Naxos of America!
NATIVE NEW YORKER with live orchestra
Chicago's Sound of Silent Film Festival arrives in NYC for two nights on Friday June 7 & Saturday June 8, 2013 with an exciting array of early films by Martin Scorsese, Guy Maddin, Gus Van Sant, The Brothers Quay, Alexander Payne and an Oscar-winning animated short by Michael Dudok de Wit. Native New Yorker, directed by Steve Bilich, is backed up by Palomar a Chicago-based ensemble of winds, percussion, piano and strings conducted by Francesco Milioto. Watch the live performance recently posted on Vimeo.

Music, Polyphony and Polyrhythm

Thoughts on Contemporary Music

Quiet Rhythms and a little bit about the music

Quiet Rhythms is an ongoing series of short piano pieces that are written in pairs consisting of a prologue and action. In creating each pair, the action is composed first and is syncopated and rhythmic.  The prologue uses the same harmonic patterns of the action but is non-syncopated or “smooth”. The prologue is usually performed […]


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