My Grandfather, Jim Zajicek Sr., is turning 90 soon, and him being from Czhechoslovakia, I decided to write him a polka. Now for those of you who don’t know it, Zajicek means “bunny” in Czech, so hense the “Jackrabbit Polka” was born. Right now I have a MIDI realization I did using Reason. You can listen to it here. [audio:http://tri-jack.org/mp3/polka3audacityFix.mp3|titles=Jack Rabbit Polka]
The recent performance of my left hand piano composition Cube by Kimi Kawashima was featured in a review by Luke Gullickson of the entire SCI Region VI conference. Bravo to Luke for taking on this task, and thanks for the kind words.
Put together by Ethan Greene and Garrett Schumann, Around Here was a concert of works by University of Rice composers and musicians all performed outdoors at Mandell Park. The concert took place on Sunday, April 6th, at 2:00 p.m. and featured my new composition Birds for brass trio. Karl Blench, Gail O’Brien, and Michael Craig gave a great performance and I’m looking forward to adapting this for my first doctoral recital early next semester.
Sunday, November 18th, 7 p.m., at The Climate Theater in San Francisco, CA, Hard-Boiled Wonderland will be presented along with other outstanding video works as part of 4D DREAM-a-Thon. 4D DREAM-a-Thon is an ongoing series of concerts curated by Jen Cohen that, “seeks to provide a venue for film/video artists who use experimental techniques to push the boundaries of traditional cinema.” Those of you in the area should definitely check it out.
My new SATB arrangement of the third movement of Friendship, is going to be premiered on Rice University’s Composers’ Forum concert. This is my first piece to be performed at Rice, and I’m a little anxious. For those of you who can’t make it to the concert, I have posted the recent recording I did on my music page. The sound is a little ‘boxy’ due to the space we recorded in, but I think my singers did a great job. Also, these are the same singers who will be performing on the Forum concert.
Last summer when I was in Taipei, I visited the Museum of Contemporary Art. Lucky for me they had a video piece by a Japanese artist that I had never heard of. This piece was so clean and beautiful, and the presentation–a large room with floor to ceiling video–was powerful. This, I thought, is a new level of presentation. The sound was also very strong. Crisp and rich, it was filled with concréte sounds, complimented by a similar image world. So I made a point to remember this guy, and you should too, Ryoichi Kurokawa. I still haven’t seen him live, but I hope to change that soon.
This Sunday I will be leaving for Magog, Canada to spend two weeks of intense study on sound composition at the Orford Sound Art workshop. I’ve got some projects to complete there, and am really looking forward to the chance to study with Yves Daoust and Gilles Gobeil (not to mention meeting John Oswald of plunderphonics fame and all the other great composers and performers that will be in attendance). Anyway, enough name dropping… This is going to be a great chance for me to get really focused and learn more about sound and sound composition. Wish me luck!