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.
This Friday, February 10th, clarinettist David Wetzel will perform my bass clarinet and electronics piece Punk-Truck-Love as part of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music’s (SEAMUS) national conference in Appleton, Wisconsin. I’m so excited to head up there to participate and hear all of the new and great electro-acoustic music from everybody here in the U.S. I will also get a chance to assist my friend, composer Chapman Welch, on his piece for trombone, electric guitar, and live electronics, in addition to performing on a piece by Joseph Butch Rovan. Totally stoked about it all. I’m going to take my video camera too and maybe even make a little video piece while I’m there. Send me warm thoughts, I’ll need them.