Who we are
LandscapeMusic.org is the official website of Landscape Music, a composers’ network and online publication. Our mission is to deepen public appreciation of the natural world by providing a platform for contemporary composers whose music engages with landscape, nature, and place.
Our members are composers and composer-performers who have created substantial bodies of work connected to landscape, nature, and place, and for whom inspirations from the natural world are an ongoing focus. While much of our music could broadly be described as “contemporary concert music,” “contemporary classical,” or “New Music,” our works encompass wide-ranging influences from classical, popular, and traditional genres, creating work that may be notated, improvised, acoustic, and/or electronic.
Featuring both established and emerging voices, Landscape Music is a resource for artist discovery and a catalyst for collaborative projects.
This project was founded in 2015 by composer Nell Shaw Cohen, who serves as Director and Editor-in-Chief. To learn more about the foundational ideas behind this website and composers network, check out her columns written for NewMusicBox: Why Landscape Music is More Important than Ever (November 2015) and How Landscape Music Evokes the Natural World (December 2015).
What we do
- Feature members of our composers’ network on LandscapeMusic.org in order to connect listeners, presenters, and performers with unique, exciting, and heartfelt music by stylistically and geographically diverse artists who may or may not have achieved national or international visibility. Visit our members’ profiles, and our Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, and YouTube, and Spotify playlist, to experience our work online.
- Partner with performers, ensembles, presenters, arts and environmental organizations, and government agencies to coordinate, curate, and promote concerts and other projects bringing the work of Landscape Music members to the public. View our collaborative projects.
- Publish original, in-depth essays and interviews exploring how and why composers and musicians today are responding to landscape, nature, and place, and incorporating experiences of their environment into their creative processes. Our publication has addressed topics such as artist residencies in National Parks, illuminating ideas from science through music, and bringing together musical improvisation and ecology in educational settings.
Get in touch
Please use the following form to contact Nell Shaw Cohen, Founder & Director of Landscape Music, if you have any questions or comments about this website or if you are interested in getting involved as a contributing writer and/or featured artist.
Inquiries are welcome from artists who are interested in joining the composers’ network. New members are added during twice-yearly invitation periods. Composers are welcome to inquire at other times during the year, but may not be reviewed immediately.
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