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October 20, 2008

Off to Bowling Green, OH

After rehearsal today at UT, I’m off to Bowling Green State Univ. for the premiere this Thursday night of Ecstatic Waters, and then back here immediately for the second performance on Sunday! Not sure I’ll be taking many pictures – I have some button-pressing I have to do for the piece…

October 13, 2008

Ecstatic Waters rehearsal at UT

Just got out of rehearsal for Ecstatic Waters – this is the first time we’ve done the whole piece…and it’s going to work like gangbusters. This is also the first time we had the mics on the clarinet and bassoons, which is going to be quite cool. The clarinet sounds exactly like I’d hoped, and… continued

October 13, 2008

2008-2009 residency schedule

I have a fair amount of travel coming up this year, so thought I’d post it in case anyone reading this is in the area for any of these and wants to come to a concert and say ‘howdy.’10/21 – 10/24: Bowling Green, OH – premiere of Ecstatic Waters (10/23) – Bruce Moss, BGSU Wind… continued

October 8, 2008

Me and Allen Vizzutti

…sort of.Just found out the VCU (Virginia Commonwealth Univ.) Sym. Wind Ensemble will do Radiant Joy tonight, and are also featuring guest artist (trumpeter) Allen Vizzutti on the program. Cool. Will probably be a worthwhile show – if you’re in Richmond, VA, go!Tonight at 8pm. Here’s the info. Live web stream at 8:00PM… continued

October 2, 2008

Loki, Norse god of mischief

Loki is over for a visit for a few days. Yesterday, he came face to face with a potential playmate (and by playmate, I mean “meal”):Yes, I’ve devolved to cat-blogging. But he is cute.Back to work on tweaking the electronics tracks for Ecstatic Waters. Maybe Loki can help…

September 29, 2008

Ecstatic Waters

Ecstatic WatersI. Ceremony of InnocenceII. AugursIII. The Generous Wrath of Simple MenIV. The Loving Machinery of JusticeV. Spiritus Mundi (epilogue)Score and parts are complete and delivered.For any other piece, I would be finished, but now I must fine-tune, massage, mix, and determine exactly how I will trigger the electronics. And maybe even practice my part… continued

September 26, 2008

Parody Suite

Wow – it was great to hear Eugene Corporon and the UNT Wind Symphony do the complete Parody Suite last night. This is the first time I’ve heard them all collected in a single set. Bruce Moss did all four of them on a program at Bowling Green when I was there, but they… continued

September 24, 2008

UNT Parody Suite – Sept. 25th

So, the Big Piece is basically finished – still need to finish the parts for Mvts. II and III, and squeeze the electronics down into a performable package, but the music is all there – about 21 minutes long, and 62 pages of 11″x17″ score. I’ll post more about it very soon.In the meantime, I’ll… continued

August 17, 2008

Back in the USA

Finished up a fun week at Marktoberdorf (pictures here, including my Krummhorn lesson), returned briefly to Austria to repack, and have returned to the USA. Now I’m heads-down focused on finishing the Winds+Electronics piece (I really need a title, don’t I?). I’ll resurface when the piece is finished and give the full rundown on… continued

August 7, 2008

Bier, Klavier, mehr Bier

Wednesday night is a special night at this festival in Marktoberdorf – everyone puts on a show, which included PDQ Bach, a Krummhorn quartet, double-reed rendition of YMCA, and an Obi horn (which would translate roughly to a “Home Depot horn”). And then we all moved down to the beer cellar where I was cajoled… continued

August 3, 2008

Marktoberdorf, Germany

I’m now in Marktoberdorf, Germany, giving a week-long composition masterclass as part of the Bavarian Summer Music Academy. This is in conjunction with a wind band component, which is currently rehearsing four of my works (Suite Dreams, Dusk, Stampede, and MetaMarch) for their concert Saturday night. They’re all in sectionals at the moment, so I… continued