What do think of when you hear the word “composer”? A tormented heroic genius with quill and ink by candlelight, crafting feverish dreams into earth-shattering orchestral extravaganzas?

While this picture fits the branding of the Romantic Era composers of the 1800s, today the composers are among us! Percussionist Lior Shragg and flamenco artist Juanito Pascual are happy, approachable composers and performers sharing their journeys of self-discovery. And Sabrina Peña Young – creator of the virtual sci-fi opera Libertaria – teaches us simple steps that anyone can take to be a composer.

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