On Wednesday, January 14th, 2015, Jerry Hou and the Rice Symphony performed my orchestra composition, Grand Variations. Completed in 2012, this work is a theme and variations for large orchestra and features the flugelhorn. The performance included two other outstanding new works: Impact by Charles Halka and Dream Collage by Joungbum Lee. It was really a great experience, and I am so thankful to the Shepherd School and everybody else who helped make it possible. Look for recording in the coming weeks.
Piano and percussion duo Sole Nero (Jess Johnson, piano; Anthony Di Sanza, percussion) is using my video for their performances of John Luther Adam’s Red Arc/Blue Veil. The two performances take place on February 22nd in Madison, Wisconsin, and on May 5th at the University of Iowa. When Jess contacted me about using my video, I was so excited. In addition to these performances, I am now slated to compose a new piece for them. Look forward to that and some other projects in the coming months.
Hey, another performance! Back on March 22nd, 2014, Alex Sellers performed “Set of Drawers for saxophone and electronics” at the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference. Alex is a special because he is one of those rare musicians who seeks out composers and is willing to invest in their music. Can you believe he found me on Facebook? After checking me out online he asked me to compose a piece for saxophone and electronics, and after a long gestation period, I produced Set of Drawers. Thanks Alex! You are the best.
“Nonclassical is a record label and night club that has been releasing classical music in innovative ways since 2003.” Michael Brailey is a pianist and composer that is part of the Nonclassical crew. About a month ago he graciously asked to play my composition Punk-Truck-Love for this podcast. Some of the other composers featured on the program include Jonathan Harvey, Elysian Quartet, Aisha Orazbayeva & Peter Zinovieff, Gabriel Prokofiev. Go here to check it out for yourself!
This is a video made for Rice University and the Rice Gallery that features my new composition, straight lines with hard edges. The performance of it took place yesterday and went over really well. Thanks to everybody who came, and thanks to Steve Bachicha and Andrew Schneider for composing great pieces as well. I enjoyed myself so much. Hope to have a recording soon for all of you who couldn’t make it to the event.
Thanks to the efforts of Dawson White and the Rice Gallery, my new clarinet + string quartet composition, straight lines with hard edges, will have it’s premiere on Saturday, March 17, at 5 P.M. My work will be performed alongside two other new compositions by composers Steven Bachicha, and Andrew Schneider. All of the works were written specifically for the event, and correspond in some way to the current installation by artist Joel Shapiro. For more information visit New Art/New Music on tumblr.
On Wednesday March 6 @ 8 P.M., straight lines with hard edges will have a preview performance as part of the Words & Art event also being held at the Rice Gallery.