Dispatches from the Unknown

a podcast exploring the creative process

Where does music come from? What drives people to create it, and how do they do it? We seek answers to these questions and more in the new series Dispatches from the Unknown.

Equal parts podcast, commission, recording, and live performance series, Dispatches asks big questions about music and the creative process. The series seeks to shed light on how people connect with their inner creative spark, to open listeners to new creative possibilities and processes, and to help make instrumental music and the art of improvisation more accessible to a wider audience. This is done in the spirit of inspiring creativity, and forging stronger connections between audiences, performers, and composers.

Season 1 features four fresh musical voices: NYC-based artists at the cutting edge of instrumental improvised music. Fabian Almazan, Anna Webber, Ike Sturm, and Satoshi Takeishi are all composing new solo music and are being documented in the process. Join host Chris Dingman in exploring the inner workings of their creative minds.

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About the Artists

Dispatches from the Unknown was supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds visit our project page.


The world premiere of these compositions was held at The Stone on Feb 21, 2017.

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