James Primosch (1956-2021)

Very sorry to hear of the loss of my friend and colleague, Jim Primosch.  I am very saddened to hear of his loss, and send condolences to his family and to musical colleagues, especially in the Philadelphia area. I am a mourner at his funeral, and an admirer. Cinder We needed fire to make the read more »

Still Life With Blue: feature by the Durham Symphony’s Music Director

Some volunteers are charmed. In May 2012, I composed something of a volunteer. William Curry, the Durham Symphony’s conductor came in at the end of the month, just as I was playing it through, and said “I want that piece”. To make a long story short, in 2013, Still Life With Blue became the first movement of a three read more »

Yellow Barn

In June 2020 I was invited to speak about the late Mario Davidovsky’s series of  Synchronisms for instruments or instrumental ensembles with electronics.  Together with Seth Knopp, Director of Yellow Barn, and Curtis Macomber, violinist and faculty member, my presentation and the conversation that followed introduced a new generation of performers about the background which read more »

Diane Moser

I was very sad to hear of the passing of our colleague Diane Moser.  What a superb, courageous, musical intelligence she brought to everything she put her hands to.  And with such courage and friendship for fellow musicians and students.  Diane was a colleague at the Vermont College of the Fine Arts.  One of her read more »

Immigration Policy

This morning I added my signature to the following letter. Open Letter Against the Student Ban We, faculty at institutions across the United States, condemn the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) decision, announced Monday July 6th, that stipulates that International Students with F-1 and M-1 visas, “attending schools operating entirely online may not take a read more »

Reviews of LIGHT DANCES Bridge recording by Da Capo Chamber Players

Jaffe: Light Dances “Chamber Concerto No. 2” MP3 Music Bridge Records Stephen Jaffe’s Light Dances has the capacity, rare in contemporary music, to bring a delighted smile to the listener. In a sense, everything else a reviewer can say follows from that. One imagines that the composer has become accustomed to taking his bows before audiences who read more »

“Culture Opens Us Up” – a Conversation With Robert Carl on LIGHT DANCES and Other Works

An interview by composer Robert Carl on Bridge’s new release of Light Dances (Chamber Concerto No. 2) to appear in Fanfare Magazine’s May Issue. Bridge 4001. To login via Fanfare Magazine: Light Dances Interview: Feature Article by Robert Carl “Culture Opens Us Up, With Luck”: An Interview with Stephen Jaffe Buy Jaffe: Light Dances Jaffe: read more »

Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia’s 200th Anniversary Announced + 2020 Update: THREE ARCS

Stephen Jaffe, Augusta Read Thomas, Tania Léon and Roberto Sierra were commissioned to create new works for the Musical Fund Society’s 200th Anniversary in 2020.  We all anticipate hearing our new works! Three Arcs was scheduled for April 2020 performance at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, with Network for New Music and the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, conducted read more »

LIGHT DANCES Recording: Da Capo Chamber Players Bridge 4001

Stephen Jaffe’s LIGHT DANCES (Chamber Concerto No. 2) was released on December 7, 2018. The very sympathetic performance features the Da Capo Chamber Players and Michael Lipsey, percussion. Click the blue link above to sample on Spotify, iTunes, HD Tracks, etc. The cover photo and the art inside the booklet is by Brian H. Peterson.

A Symphony of Spiral and Light (PARADES)

My newest ensemble work is A Symphony of Spiral and Light (PARADES), for orchestral winds, brass and percussion (41 musicians!). The work was commissioned by the University of Maryland who will give the first performance in May, 2019 under the leadership of Michael Votta, and ten other co-commissioners who will present premiere performances during 2020. read more »