Interview with Composer John McDonald
By Cincinnati Soundbox, a new music chamber series, on its inaugural concert, November 13, 2015.

“I’m interested in capturing ideas within short forms/spans so that they loom larger in the memory than perhaps they did at first physical hearing. Distilling an essence, seizing a moment. I fancy that I do this by writing as clearly and concisely as I can. [shaped phrases, clearcut contrasts, strong rhythmic profiles].”
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Three Heads Two Hands
Interview by Robert Schulslaper on the release of Keypunch. Fanfair Magazine, December 19, 2014.

“…the primary goal in “teaching” a composer is to identify a path to walk that is traveled only by that person. Each individual route is different, though composers you might think would never meet often find intersecting paths. Disparate aesthetic stances share similar concerns more often than one might think. So we all can find things we have in common.”
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