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Alex Shapiro

Friday Harbor, WA         

Alex Shapiro aligns notes from her home on San Juan Island, WA, hoping that at least a few of them will sound good next to each other. Her persistence at this activity, as well as at non-fiction music writing, public speaking, arts advocacy, wildlife photography, and the shameless instigation of insufferable puns, has led to a happy life. Shapiro’s acoustic and electroacoustic works are found on over thirty albums from around the world. 

Kettle Brew

Funk timpani lounge chill. Click on the YouTube link for some amusing program notes about how this collaboration came about. Whiskey in plastic cups and an old, chipped laminate table were involved…

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Alex Shapiro answers,

As the title implies, here’s a quick excerpt from a longer interview with the American Composers Forum, prior to the premiere of one of my first electroacoustic symphonic wind band pieces, PAPER CUT.

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Piano Trio No. 1: Elegy

Composed in memory of my late father Ivan. This is an especially touching performance, given during a concert of my music when I was the Composer-in-Residence for the 2013 Festival of Contemporary Art Music (FOCAM), at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.

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NewMusicBox Articles

NewMusicBox September 12 2018 | By Alex Shapiro
Dissing The Competition

Rather than pay fees to competitions that one is statistically unlikely to win, a composer’s efforts and money will be far better devoted to attending music conferences and new music...

NewMusicBox April 14 2016 | By Alex Shapiro
Roundtable: Let’s Make a List

Money has nothing to do with the quality of anyone’s music. That said, for those who choose to put together a living from composing, there are myriad avenues for monetizing...

NewMusicBox August 6 2014 | By Alex Shapiro
In Response: You’re an Artist AND an Entrepreneur

No authentic, talented artist is ever going to forget the importance of the quality of the art that they create just because they wish to earn a living from it....

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