Scene4, an international magazine of arts and culture, featured Michael John Trotta in the July 2017 edition of the magazine.
The article begins with Rainer Maria Rilke’s quote, “The work of art is good if it has arisen out of necessity.” Trotta notes this quote defines the current season of his career. “Everything is a tradeoff,” he writes. “I have traded one classroom in one location for many classrooms in many locations. There is so much fine music being made…across the country. I now have more time to work with many groups from all over America and to take on the larger works when the need arises.”
Later in the article, Trotta examines what his music offers both the performers and the audience. “As I have searched for my own voice in music, I have always been guided by the tradition that has gone before me, yet I have sought to present that tradition in an innovative way. When listening to new music, I find that there are oftentimes when the music is too much like that which has gone before. At the other end of the spectrum, there is music that is so new, so innovative, that it risks lacking relevance for the performers or for the listeners, or even worse, lacking relevance for BOTH performer and listener.”