Frank J. Oteri

A NYC composer and ‘Net pioneer visits Cornish

With the number of searchable Web pages now somewhere in the mid-11 figures, information is both more plentiful and harder to find than ever. Composers know, though (or should), of one prime central point for contemporary-music information, news, and opinion: NewMusicBox (, founded in 1999 by Frank J. Oteri. It’s the online magazine of the composer advocacy organization American Music Center, and along with the updates on obituaries, calls-for-scores, and who won the Grawemeyer, there are plenty of contentious editorials—usually something new every day—by Oteri and contributors; there you can argue about anything from “the graying of the audience” to microtonal percussion notation. Oteri is, of course, a composer too, Columbia-trained (if not always, according to him, Columbia-encouraged), and is surely the only musician who’s both held a residency at Cornish and had a cameo in the movie Fame. The former culminates with tonight’s concert of his work, which will include electric guitars, Margaret Atwood poems, and a toy piano, alongside music by Eyvind Kang, Gretta Harley, and Zachary Watkins. PONCHO Concert Hall, Cornish College of the Arts, 710 Roy St., $7.50-$15. Lecture by Oteri at 7 p.m., concert at 8. GAVIN BORCHERT

Sun., Feb. 24, 8 p.m., 2008