Interview for “Listen Local.”

Recently, I was interviewed for Johnston County Library’s “Listen Local” series. In the interview, conducted by Bryan Voell, I discuss new music advocacy, composing, and my upcoming work for “The Debussy Project.” You can read the whole article here.   Advertisements

Composer’s Circle

Composer’s Circle features one composer everyday. Today, I am the featured composer with my piece Conversations w/ Ligeti & Heidegger & (Mom in the Background) performed by Trillium Ensemble. I am grateful for the work of Eric Guinivan, the website’s curator, in his advocation for new music. Please support Eric’s work by subscribing to Composer’s Circle or liking … Continue reading

What music do you write?

“Oh, you’re a composer. So, what kind of music do you write?” I’m often asked this question when meeting new people. It’s usually either preceded by, “so, what do you do,” or if they know I’m involved with music, “what instrument do you play.” To the latter, I usually playfully respond, “I play the composer.” “What … Continue reading

10 Favorite Books

Recently, I was asked to list 10 books that have left an impression on me. Many of the writers in the list are connected through common interests and influences. Rushdie, Eco, and Calvino were all influenced by Borges and are magical realists. Some have concerned their writings with expressing moral and social issues. They have not been afraid to … Continue reading

Expanding the Repertoire: Glockenspiel Solos

Recently, I received a recording of my solo glockenspiel piece, the situation is…, performed by the commissioner of the work, Brett Dietz. Inspired to expand the repertoire, he has commissioned new glockenspiel works from many composers, including one of my former teachers David Stock. Brett’s mission is bold. As he stated in an article he recently wrote … Continue reading

Reflecting on Percussion Lessons Today, I read an article featuring one of my former percussion instructors, Andrew Reamer. Andrew is the principal percussionist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and a professor at Duquesne University. During my years at Duquesne, I had the pleasure of studying with him and Chris Allen, PSO associate principal percussionist. I … Continue reading

On the Pittsburgh Soundpike Tomorrow is the Pittsburgh Soundpike, a part of the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music. I’m honored to have two pieces on the program. My Conversations w/ Ligeti and Heidegger (and Mom in the Background) opens the program. It’s being exquisitely performed by Trillium Ensemble (http://www.trilliumensemble.com/), who commissioned the work. Duo Scordatura (http://www.duoscordatura.com/) will … Continue reading

The Avoidance of a Word (KC Performance) I composed The Avoidance of a Word for Music From China. We premiered the work last October in NYC. Toward the end of April, we performed the work again in Kansas City. https://soundcloud.com/scottsteele/the-avoidance-of-a-word-1

Scott Steele Pittsburgh Festival Premieres

In this video, I talk about my upcoming premieres on the Pittsburgh Festival of New Music.