Sound American 27 Coming Soon

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The Life Issue contributors include claire rousay, who writes about the many cuts accumulated while learning something new; pedal steel superhero Susan Alcorn recounts a battle with injury; composer Jack Langdon offers a story of how the pandemic affects a fictional musician, presenter, and listener; composer Lea Bertucci interviews improvising vocalist Audrey Chen about identity, commitment to music, and motherhood; bass clarinetist Katie Porter lets us in on a quarantine’s worth of deep-questioning and the looping beauty of banality.

Sound American’s ongoing series, “Sites of Formation”, celebrates the piano, featuring writing by Pat Thomas on Ahmed Abdul-Malik; Cory Smythe on Henri Pousseur; Dr. Douglas Rust on the Elliott Carter Piano Sonata; and Sound American’s editor, Nate Wooley on the Vangelis’s keyboard-heavy soundtrack to Chariots of Fire. This issue also includes writing by saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos on NYC guerilla concerts during lockdown and a roundtable discussion from members of the Catalytic Sound collective—Ken Vandermark, Luke Stewart, and Bonnie Jones led by Brock Stuessi—on their work to create a streaming platform as an alternative to Spotify.

This issue’s “Exquisite Corpse” is an elegant, nostalgic, site-specific work by composer, flutist, and vocalist Ka Baird. Last but not least, The Life Issue features a world-premiere, sixteen-page set of drawings by Lebanese-born, Berlin-based artist Mazen Kerbaj, documenting his intimate, aching, everyday trek through multiple shutdowns.