The Festival has also been applauded in The New Yorker, Sequenza 21, and Seen and Heard International and has been mentioned numerous times by Alex Ross on his blog, The Rest Is Noise.
Three elements of the festival are critical to its success:
Hearing composers and visual artists speak about their work is integral to the design of the Festival. Creative artists enjoy the opportunity to share a dialogue, and audience members gain an insider’s view into the creative processes in the visual and musical arts.
Pre-concert presentations of ‘ambient compositions’ – pre-taped works for electronics written by emerging composers from the Look & Listen Festival Composers Collective are premiered in the half-hour prior to each evening’s full-length concert. Audience members are free to listen, browse the gallery, talk amongst themselves, and absorb the the visual art during this time.
Each year, Look & Listen sponsors a composition prize, receiving entries from young and emerging composers from all over the world. Winning composers receive a cash award as well as a performance of their piece on one of the Festival concerts.