Our next collaboration is in 2014 with Ranson Wilson.

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About Common Sense

"What we can use more of is Common Sense’s infectious, eager energy and expert writing."
-- Kyle Gann, Village Voice

The Common Sense Composers Collective is a SF/NYC based collective of eight composers. Although well pedigreed, completing music programs at Yale, Harvard, Columbia, and Cornell, we emerged from our schooling dissatisfied and restless. The impetus for the group’s creation can best be described by the slogan, coined by a West Coast radio station: “If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.”

Since 1993 the group has explored alternative ways of conceiving, developing, and presenting new musical works. The eight composers of Common Sense seek out and collaborate with different performing groups. Our initial project was the creation of, and collaboration with, an eleven-member ensemble. In 1993 the 19 musicians began meeting periodically for workshop sessions. In 1994 we presented the world premieres of eight new compositions.

We have since gone on to complete ten such collaborations with the following diverse ensembles: San Francisco's Alternate Currents Performing Ensemble, the acclaimed Bay Area period instrument ensemble American Baroque, the innovative NYC duo Twisted Tutu, the Meridian Arts Ensemble, Albany Symphony's chamber orchestra, Dogs of Desire, the New Millennium Ensemble, Essential Music, and The Robin Cox Ensemble. Our most recent project for was a collaboration with the Afiara & Cecilia String Quartets.

Our first CD can be found on the New World label, while a recording of the works written for American Baroque and released in 2002 received a Chamber Music America/WQXR Record Award. Our third CD, with music performed by the New Millennium Ensemble, was released in 2006.

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