"I was particularly taken by Tomás Olano's piece, "The Nobodies", for its unabashed performance art quality. Olano illustrates great restraint and a deep respect for the text its poignancy by not over-composing the piece that showcases it. I believe that this piece is a wonderful example of the flexible definition of "art music." Furthermore, I believe that being inclusive of genre and style definitions is an essential step towards widening our perspectives and understanding, as well as making the field of "art music" more widely accessible to new listeners and new creators".

Annika K. Socolofsky