Ep 84-Francesca Anderegg on Making Wild Cities

Ep 84-Francesca Anderegg on Making Wild Cities

Through her inventive programming, active composer collaborations, and precise yet impassioned interpretations, violinist Francesca Anderegg has earned renown as a musical explorer of the first order. She has performed extensively in South America, recently returning from a tour of Brazil and Argentina. She was awarded the McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians in 2016 and teaches at St. Olaf College. Her second album of contemporary music, Wild Cities, was released on July 8.

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Violinist Francesca Anderegg discusses her new album Wild Cities and the importance and role of new music, standing out, and working with composers.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Standing out in music
  • Differentiating yourself
  • Seth Godin (Ep 66)
  • Having a dialogue between composer and performer
  • The importance of clear notation
  • Making a piece enjoyable for the performer
  • Composers featured on the CD:
  • Communicating with the composer
  • On-boarding players
  • Marketing your piece to the players
  • Having multiple stake holders
  • Music advocacy
  • Language
  • Pandering
  • Setting the audience’s expectations
  • Working through the dip
  • Multiple streams of income


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  1. Francesca Anderegg August 18, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Thanks for the interview, Garrett, and for everything you’re doing for young composers and new music!!!!

    • Garrett August 19, 2016 at 6:25 am

      Francesca, it was my pleasure to speak with you! Thank you for sharing so many wonderful insights and advice. And I love your new CD! 🙂

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