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Canary Burton

Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, NYC

Why composing?

I write music on commission; I'm preparing my archives in two countries. I've got 8 albums on CDBaby or my website and I belong to a virtual band (we are 6 in different countries layering up the sounds and turning them over to the sound man. I work with others on keeping a monthly OPEN MIC - Classical running in a local, lovely Church.

Above: a newspaper shot with Canary composing for the camera.

Find out more about Canary Burton at Seabird studio

Radio show

I started my radio show, "The Latest Score" [on WOMR.org] 18 years ago because I wanted to learn more about my own genra, especially past the 2000 mark. I found that the 20th century was over (thank goodness) and romantic was the direction. It just gets better and better.

My show is popular now and attracts people who are willing to put money in the bucket to help support this community radio station. For years it was just "that weird music". I still have a friend who says "go break the transmitter" every Tuesday morning when I drop off my doggie for day care.

I now know tons of composers, label people, who ever. They have made me comfortable in supporting new music, including my own.

One of the biggest challenges for musicians, promoters, venues, is getting people to leave their houses, to spend the time, energy and money getting to, and into an concert / gig. What do you think are some things people can do to entice people to go out of their front door and attend events?

What problems have classical musicians & composers faced in 2015? What solutions do you hope will be available in 2016?

Shee sells his music on CDBaby.com.

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How do you find / decide which music to play on your radio show?

I am finding myself being interviewed! Hooookay! I just looked at some of YOUR pages. I see I'm in the gap between then and now. And you're missing a HUGE bunch of talented women! (Who've been writing classical since, oh....1500. Hahahahahaha). I see them everywhere, I wonder why they are missing in what you have been looking at. Shall I send you some women's names and their websites? And some men you don't know about.

I never differentiate between men & women on my show. I simply say the composers name after each piece. It has worked and people within range (and that's getting further and further afield) simply accept both sets of humans in this composing position. There are more and more female conductors too. Even the Vienna Symphony, who have been holdouts for a long time, now have 6 women and some of them are tenured. We never
thought it would happen. We = a whole bunch of feminist composers who have protested the keeping of the worlds most famous orchestra only male. As if only tuxedos can play the violin.

I am sent music from all over the world. When I started I had only 25 new music albums and that's what I played on my show. I also wrote an email to each composer, or performer or label to tell them I'd played what of their music, when. Everyone was surprized, but it helped me as much as it helped them. I would [end] up with a huge society of musicians. Oh, you asked if I would help any of your musicians for Cheeky Promo. If the music is even remotely "classical" in nature, I'll play it.

You ask how I pick my music. I used to play everything that came in. I owed it to these hidden composers to get their work out in the society. After some years I began culling sound. If the sound hurt my ears or my heart, I gave the disc away. As the music got more and more romantic - oh, that doesn't mean love songs, it means old fashioned
tonal music that had a beginning, middle and end. (giggle). Tonal means the rather old school scale and chord. That which our human ear really likes to hear. If I hear any Noise (and that's a genre)or screeching, or any classical voice even. I let it go. Yes, I don't like opera singing. I tried to like it for over 20 years and now, I just let other people handle it

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Has the 'weirdness' of the music you play changed over the 18 years? When does music stop being 'weird' and become 'normal'?

All those fellows at the beginning & middle of the 20th century are simply old hat now, not avant guarde. Realize, electronic music has been around since, oh, 1912, maybe earlier. I have some of the first electric music ever created.

Yes, I was weird and yet I helped my station become truly diverse. I have friends who still tell me to "break the transmitter" when I'm on my way on Tuesday. You can listen to my show every Tuesday afternoon from 1 to 4pm at WOMR.org. Follow the prompts and you're in. Yes, I had a caller once who asked if there was something wrong with the transmitter, some terrible screeching was going on. (hahahaha). That was still 20th century music. When does "weird" music become normal? After it's been played about 20 times all in different contexts. Mostly people don't know the names, but maybe some of the composers. I don't often list performers simply because it's too much info to take in. Any of the music I play can be looked up on the internet.

Above: Playing the Grand at the restaurant whose name has changed too many times,
she can't remember.

Which social media platforms do you use?

Social Media. I have sites on Twitter, MySpace, Reverbnation, Musicaneo for my sheet music, Facebook, Jango Airplay, and what's the business site? I can't remember it's name. BUT, I could care less about social media. I have more than enough contact using email. It takes time and I don't have any.

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Above / Below = where Canary lives - Wellfleet, Cape Cod.
I think the whole town of 3,500 is voting for Bernie!

Find out more about Canary Burton at Seabird studio

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