Classic rock: Dan Visconti, the 21st-century composer

Glad I came across this; seems like one to watch out for.

Oh, and Trent Reznor. You forgot Trent Reznor. The Kronos Quartet worked with Trent Reznor (and Enrique Gonzalez Muller) too. Trent Reznor. Well, Nine Inch Nails. I really like that.

TED Blog


Dan Visconti is updating the image of the classical composer — from lone, fusty genius to dynamic community leader who creates music as a tool for social engagement. Whether he’s telling the stories of Cleveland’s refugee communities or composing a piece for the Mississippi State Prison, Visconti makes concert experiences that invite people to participate. Classically trained, but with a love of American vernacular musical traditions, Visconti infuses his compositions with a maverick spirit—drawing on jazz, rock, blues and beyond. Here, he tells the TED Blog his vision for how to break through the traditional reserve of classical music, making it accessible to a new generation.

How would you describe your compositions? Are you consistent in your style?

In some ways not. But I’m very consistent in my attitude about music. I guess the best way to say it is that I’m trying to make the composer relevant again—not this old guy with a wig and a quill pen laboring in isolation, but a…

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