Ep 79-Alexandra Gardner and The Art of Reaching Out

Ep 79-Alexandra Gardner and The Art of Reaching Out

Composer Alexandra Gardner creates music for varied instrumentations, often mixing acoustic instruments with electronics. Praised as “highly lyrical and provocative of thought” (San Francisco Classical Voice), and “mesmerizing” (The New York Times), her music has been featured at festivals and venues worldwide, and it has been commissioned by acclaimed ensembles and musicians such as Percussions de Barcelona, ETHEL, pianist Jenny Lin, NOW Ensemble, SOLI Chamber Ensemble, and The Seattle Symphony


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Alexandra Gardner discusses the art of reaching out and taking non-traditional paths as a composer.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • John Luther Adams, “Made all the wrong choices.”
  • Taking a non-traditional path to being a composer
  • Not staying in school
  • Making your own opportunities
  • Writing music for dance
  • Living in Europe
  • Releasing Ego and insecurities
  • Working to live vs living to work
  • Reaching out
  • Networking
  • Overcoming our fear
  • Worse-case scenario
  • Email script for reaching out
  • Making it easy for them
  • New Music Box
  • Tipping point
  • Getting repeat performances
  • Contracts
  • Ask for what you want & need
  • Be professional
  • Make it easy for people


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