Thursday, December 10, 2015

composer Michael Dellaira

New York omposer Michael Dellaira

Michael Dellaira is known for his “haunting harmonies”

(, “eloquence and sensitivity” (New York Times)

and “flair for vocal writing” (

Friday, December 4, 2015

National Sawdust

In the music business there are more ways than one to succeed. As a composer, one can simply write good music, and hope that someone else will choose to champion that music.

Or, one can take action. One way to take action is to become the “middle man” - open
your own performance space. George Friedrich Handel did this when in 1722 he started his own opera company in London. Benjamin Britten did it in 1948 when he started the Aldeburgh Festival. Here in New York composer John Zorn did with
“The Stone” in 2005.

Now again, here in New York, composer Paola Prestini has opened a new Brooklyn Space, National Sawdust,

which opened on Oct. 1, 2015 in Williamsburg. A century old sawdust factory, it has been re-imagined as a concert hall, rehearsal room. recording studio, and arts incubator. Paola is National Sawdust’s Creative and Executive Director.