The Composers' Cafeteria Official Home Page
Bottom row, L to R: David Reider, Elaine Schnaidt, Jennifer Rycenga, Michael Macrone.
Top row, L to R: Dan Plonsey, Tom Statler, Randy Porter, David Adee, Chris "Supermarky" Maher, Kyle Granger, Kathy Geisler.
The history of the group in a nutshell: observe the changes to the Cafeteria's motto over time:
"We of The Composers' Cafateria do believe that
every musical composition deserves one performance."
- Chris Maher, February, 1987
"Every piece deserves to be heard once."
- "Official" Cafeteria motto
"We of The Composers' Cafateria have no common tastes in music,
but we do share the proposition that each composition
deserves to be heard once. Okay,
and also that each proposition is true at least once. And
this is the `once!'"
- Dan Plonsey and Tom Statler, May, 1987
"Every piece deserves to be heard once - but not by us!
- anon., 1989
"`Every piece deserves to be performed once.'
Ha, ha, suckers!"
- James Jacobs, July 1989
Of special interest to the scholar of new music: Composerama -- the official publication of The Composers' Cafeteria. Five issues were published, and we will present all five on this site soon! For now, only Composerama No. 1 is available, as we are still experimenting with methods for converting paper into PDF.*
*We used the brute force method of photographing each page with our phone, turned up "contrast" and "definition" to 100%, and saved as "full size" "medium quality" jpgs.