Entries by Steve Smith

David T. Little and Royce Vavrek: On Dog Days

Hailed by audiences and the press during its premiere run in 2012, the opera Dog Days – created by composer David T. Little and librettist Royce Vavrek – has enjoyed widespread success unusual for contemporary opera. During a recent interview, Little and Vavrek looked back on their creative partnership, the premiere staging, and lessons learned along the way.

Brandon Stosuy: Writing about music for children

As editor in chief of The Creative Independent, Brandon Stosuy is helping to enable artists and innovators to share advice and anecdotes concerning their creative processes. Partisans of outstanding music journalism and cognoscenti of aural extremes have known and relied upon Stosuy for years. In October, Stosuy added a new line to his burgeoning C.V. with his first children’s book, Music Is….

Of reviews and responses.

Since we launched The Log Journal last week, we’ve posted a handful of reports from recent performing-arts events: three of them labeled “review,” and two under the heading “response.” What’s the difference? That’s a good question, and one I think we should address openly here for the sake of complete transparency.

Night after night.

Welcome to Night After Night, since October 2005 a blog about conspicuous consumption of music, live and recorded, in New York City and points beyond – now rebooted and refreshed as a place for sharing on-the-fly responses to creative events, timely news items from throughout the musical world, and links to other items of interest on the web.

Paola Prestini and Steve Smith: What Is The Log?

Back when Paola Prestini was brainstorming what National Sawdust could be and do, she voiced the conviction that journalism and criticism are fundamental to the artistic ecosystem. Now, as our new journalistic initiative takes its first steps out into the world, we want to share the thinking behind this unconventional pursuit.


I can’t overstate how excited I was to see the graphic icon incorporated into the logo created by the design firm Strick&Williams for The Log Journal, our new journalism initiative at National Sawdust. The symbol – a whorl of tree rings subtly morphing into sound waves that radiate outward – is intrinsically cool, no question. […]