Funding Required for
Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar
Both Special Projects and Ongoing Programs Need Support
Contact us with your contributions or Contribute now using PayPal.
Funding for Kalvos & Damian is always needed. Composers, show hosts, and website builders Dennis Báthory-Kitsz and David Gunn have worked nearly six five years to make K&D a valuable resource. Some of its activities -- such as building detailed composer pages -- are being taken over by the composers themselves. That's good. And sites like MP3.com make it possible to hear many composers in fine, high-fidelity streams. That's good, too.
But having a large archive of interviews and sound clips is even more important now than when we started in 1995. There is a huge body of "competitive" work on line, mostly pop music, crowding out the visibility of new concert/classical/electroacoustic (etc.) music once again. The mainstream media have not given their attention to the remarkable place of new music on the Internet 'stage', but rather of the Internet as one more distribution channel. Though expected, it is still astounding to us. The interactivity and community nature is being replaced by a sales mentality -- even MP3.com has begun posting royalty earnings and popularity charts.
We welcome change. But it also means that Kalvos & Damian needs to provide its service in a stronger way, and sometimes a more costly way. Because of costs, we have been limited to interviews and guests from the eastern United States and Western Europe. We struggle always with on-line space. The licensing issues undreamed of in 1995 have become a nightmare in 2000.
If K&D has a purpose, and we believe it does (as do both ASCAP and The Argosy Foundation, who awarded K&D honors in the same week in October 2000), then seeing those purposes through becomes increasingly time-consuming and costly. We will continue with our show and site, but would like it to continue to have meaning for composers and their audiences in more than a deejay way. Please help us continue and contact us with your contributions.
What is Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar?
Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar is a radio show and website bringing composers to the wider world through their music, interviews, mentoring, pictures, photos, artwork, essays, biographies, attitudes, catalogs and ideas. Despite the "Bazaar" in its name, K&D doesn't sell anything, and isn't a commercial venture of any kind. The Bazaar presents the eclectic world of newly composed music in a try-it-you'll-like-it format, connects composers with each other and with audiences, and develops special programs for schools and organizations. The Bazaar is sponsored by organizations in our Vermont home -- WGDR-FM Community Radio, the Consortium of Vermont Composers, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Goddard College, and is produced by Malted/Media Productions.
What are the K&D projects?
Kalvos & Damian are always stretching for ways to bring all kinds of listeners to today's concert, chamber, electroacoustic, and performance music. Among them...
- The K&D Weekly Broadcast/Cybercast. The heart of Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar is the weekly program that presents new music and interviews, with new releases, essays, and special mixes and collages. The program's web resources include weekly and seasonal playlists and record labels played on the show.
- Special Cybercasts. K&D produces special programs. Most important was the September 12, 1998, groundbreaking live program from Amsterdam, the first of its kind cybercast and broadcast using Internet streams.
- Composer Mentoring. In cooperation with arts and education organizations and schools, K&D brings composers online to guide schoolchildren in writing music. More than two dozen composers have participated in the K&D/WebProject effort, with composers and software selected by K&D.
- Live Concerts. In-studio concerts open to the public and broadcast live bring one of the great traditions of broadcast radio to the Internet. K&D has presented live in-studio concerts and live-on-tape performances done for K&D by Martha Mooke, Fred Ho, Pauline Oliveros, Scott MX Turner, Rip Keller, Anita Beckmann, James Bohn, and Barbara Wellspring, as well as a complete opera written and produced by the students of Middlebury College.
- On-Line Archives. Music and interview clips appear on K&D composer pages, and more than 150 complete interviews with composers are archived in the largest on-line resource of its kind.
- Music Resources. K&D maintains lists of more than 1,500 resources in new music and composer sites that was unparalleled on the Net, but is in great need of updating. We include only sites we have visited that are valuable to composers and to those searching for information on living composers.
- The K&D Tours. Vermont is isolated, so K&D travels to artistic centers. Interview tours have included Toronto, New York City, Amsterdam, Cologne, Paris, and Brussels. When Kalvos or Damian travel individually, they also collect interviews. In the works now are tours of Montréal and the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Composer Pages. Unique composer pages are part of the K&D project. Not only are music and interview clips included on most pages, but we also present composers' writings, more than 40 of them found only on the K&D website.
Who are Kalvos and Damian?
What is available on the K&D site?
You're invited to look around, especially at the individual composer pages. Start at the New Music Bazaar homepage itself, or the list of all the composers and performers who've been on the show. There's the greatest set of music resources for composers you'll find on the net, plus a good list of what sites composers themselves have been creating. We're a radio show, so you can steal musical ideas from our extensive playlists, which are linked to an index of record company websites and email addresses where you can get the audio goodies -- and, best of all, you can listen to complete, two hour broadcasts. If you're in a playful mood, try the graffiti page, where about 200 anonymous buttons will take you to music, photos, commentary, essays, graphics, and other interesting artistic objects on the web (to which you're welcome to contribute). The Best of the Bazaar offers sound mixes and splices culled from our shows and worked into Damian's unique audio art objects, and you can read his introductory essays to the show or order show cassettes. Finally, since we're on the ground in beautiful rural Vermont, we give some space to our sponsors, the Vermont Composers Consortium, their clever newsletter Consorting, the talented Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Goddard College.
Where can I hear the Bazaar?
The Bazaar is broadcast live every Saturday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30 (1830 to 2030 GMT) on WGDR in Central Vermont on 91.1 FM and via our live cybercast. A nearly complete archive is here on KalvoNet. Check out our homepage for regular announcements as archived shows are posted. We can also be heard on WOMR 92.1 FM in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and other radio stations will also be carrying the Bazaar in the next year.
What Support is Sought?
Support requested for Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar includes financing of special projects. Among them:
- The SEAMUS cybercast (2001).
- The Gimik/Cologne cybercasts (2001).
- Other special cybercasts.
- Composer Mentoring.
- Live concerts.
- Interview tours.
- Resource maintenance.
- Equipment upgrades.
- New music library.
- Ongoing special projects with immediate needs.
Monetary support, new recordings, and in-kind supplies and labor (PC equipment, CDRs, DATs, etc.) are invited. Contributions are made to the Kalvos & Damian Program Fund of the 501(c)3 tax-exempt VCME. Contributions can be forwarded directly to Dennis Báthory-Kitsz, Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar, 176 Cox Brook Road, Northfield, Vermont 05663 USA, made out to "VCME/Kalvos & Damian". Contact us for information.
Outcomes: The K&D Goals
Many media projects -- especially those on the web -- are 'hobby' projects or fan sites. Kalvos & Damian's New Music Bazaar is a serious effort to create a live and archived look at composers and music composition at the end of the century. We measure our effectiveness by the volume of email we exchange, the quality of the email, honest site 'numbers', and valuable acknowledgments of our work.
Both the New York Times and the Village Voice have noted K&D's resources; the Times devoted a sidebar to the K&D show on Conlon Nancarrow. We have won numerous site awards including the 2000 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Internet Award. Our site is accessible by W3C standards.
Measurement by Site Size, August 20, 1998 vs. October 20, 2000
|Audio files (music, interview clips, and archived shows)||627||1004|
|Control files for audio||559||714|
|Text files ("pages")||476||726|
|Graphics files (images with "content")||304||529|
|Graphics files (design graphics, icons, and navigation)||152||284|
Measurement by Website Visitors, April 1, 1997-August 20, 1998
Measurement by Email, November 25, 1996-August 20, 1998; some updates October 20, 2000
|Email/web resource submissions (ca. 40/month, not filed)||1,440||-|
|Between Kalvos and Damian (excludes forwarded mail)||1,078||3,555|
|Mentoring project (other than composer correspondence)||1,058||-|
|General visitor support (short exchanges)||534||-|
|Extended visitor support (long threads)||426||-|
|Planning and publicity||289||-|
|Distribution of information||152||-|
|Uncategorized general email||123||-|
|Mail in queue for answering||66||116|
|Archiving crisis (March 1998)||61||-|