Joseph Franklin
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Originally from Philadelphia, I've had a rewarding career in the musical arts working as a composer, performer, artistic-executive director and writer with a specialty in what is referred to as "new music." My recent book, titled "Settling Scores: A Life in the Margins of American Music," is published by Sunstone Press in Santa Fe and is available from Amazon. I currently serve as executive director of Chamber Music Albuquerque and wish to share my experiences and current projects with Albuquerque residents.
Favorite Thing(s) About Albuquerque:
Living close to just about everything I enjoy doing in the high desert.
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Falling Man by Don Dillilo
But Beautiful by Geoff Dyer
How My Heart Sings - A Biography of Bill Evans

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John Cage Revisited in New Mexico

Posted on April 5, 2009 at 6:42pm 0 Comments

A few months ago, Santa Fe New Music, in collaboration with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum presented a concert titled “From Thoreau to Cage: American Voices” featuring Charles Ives’ extraordinary “Concord Sonata” performed by pianist Stephen Drury and John Cage’s “Variations I-IV,” performed by members of SFNM. It was, for me, a memorable performance.

Both of these composers have had a profound influence on my musical thinking, although in two very different ways. As a music student,… Continue

What A Difference Do A Day Make

Posted on April 5, 2009 at 6:39pm 1 Comment

I’ve been gone from Philadelphia for 10 years, living in Montana, Louisiana and New Mexico. Admittedly there are few things I miss about my hometown, although when I return for a visit, the memories - good and bad - flood over me, especially when I do things that are, well, alien to Albuquerque (like riding the subway or actually walking to and from my appointments). One thing I do not miss is the weather. Recently I saw the film “The Wrestler” that was filmed in Philadelphia and southern New… Continue

Cleansiing the Ears!

Posted on April 5, 2009 at 6:29pm 0 Comments

Recently Santa Fe New Music, John Kennedy’s important and resourceful organization - the only true resource for new music in New Mexico - presented a terrific concert by pianist and composer Michael Harrison. As you can learn from Michael’s website he is dedicated to music in just intonation. Or more simply, tuning of the musical scales that are closer to nature (as opposed to equal temperment) the system that controls western musical praxis. Michael is a student of pioneering composers LaMont… Continue

Finally, A Kurt Schwitter's Moment

Posted on April 5, 2009 at 6:21pm 0 Comments

About 7 years ago I walked into Jack Ox’s home in what is commonly known as the “French Quarter” in New Orleans, although it is politely called the “Vieux Carre” by those of us who were really “in the know.” When I entered her very cool New Orleans home I bumped headlong into Jack’s extraordinary visualization of Kurt Schwitter’s “Ursonate.” Jack’s visualization of this groundbreaking work of “sound art” or “sound poem” was displayed on the walls of her second floor living room on Burgundy… Continue

Maintaining the Flow by Joseph Franklin

Posted on February 26, 2009 at 12:14pm 0 Comments

This blog is dedicated to issues and memories that inform chamber music in the 21st century. The title of the Blog is Maintaining the Flow by Joseph Franklin.

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At 10:10pm on October 18, 2008, akoolstik said…
hey, ive read reviews of your book but havent laid my hands on it. it's on my list! glad to see you here at the fix!

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