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December 5, 2007

First Light premiere

Returned late Sunday night from snowy Rochester, NY, after a wonderful weekend and fantastic premiere of “First Light” by the New York All-State Symphonic Band. Unfortunatly, I’m still without a computer, so no pictures yet. Ray Cramer led the band in the premiere, and the band really rose to the challenge on all their pieces…. continued

November 25, 2007

Helpful tip: don’t drop your laptop computer

…because that will likely break it, especially if there’s a USB thumb drive in one port, and it lands *on* that drive, and smashes it deep into your computer, causing some…distress… to the innards.All that to say I won’t be posting much until my computer returns, which will be another week at least. To everyone… continued

November 9, 2007

Embarking on the Electronica/Band Bus

I’ve been exploring software possibilities and trying to sort out what’s easily do-able, what’s possible but perhaps tricky, and what would be just a downright bad idea when it comes to the technological side of my next work: a consortium commission for a piece I’ve wanted to create for several years, which combines wind band… continued

November 7, 2007

Concerto for Wind Ensemble mp3

Commander Donald Schofield has given me permission to post the full recording from the upcoming USAF Band of Mid-America CD release of my Concerto for Wind Ensemble. The CD will be out at Midwest. This piece, as you can see if you take a look at the score, is not on the easy side…. continued

October 27, 2007

Down To The Bone

As promised: Salamander Studios’ 4th release, (Gettin’) Down To The Bone. Go now!Not responsible for causing an uncontrollable desire to eat BBQ.This one’s been waiting in the wings for a long time. We recorded it on June 10th, but I promptly left the country for a couple of months, delaying the actual mixing and… continued

October 9, 2007

First Light…

…is finished. This is the new work for the New York All-State Gigantic Symphonic Band. The horns have plenty of good lines…all 16 of’em.The piece is a sort of companion work to Dusk, in that it depicts the flip-side, dawn. In particular, the dawn I witnessed in Malcesine, Italy, over the summer. See below… continued

August 24, 2007

Austin, Texas

We returned from Europe one evening last week, packed our stuff, slept 4 hours, and at 5am began our 8-hour drive from Little Rock to Austin. Ugh.Nice to be here, though. I’ve been setting up the apartment, assembling IKEA furniture, and fielding a nice influx of interest in some pieces. It appears H. Robert Reynolds… continued

August 7, 2007

Apes, Dolphins, Live Runways, and Cuban Cigars

Spent a week being a total tourist on the southern coast of Spain. Very relaxing – went swimming in the Mediterranean, read Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle, and ate. Spent some time thinking about my next piece, for the New York All-State Symphonic Band – more on that later.On Tuesday, we took a side-trip to Gibraltar,… continued

July 26, 2007

Malcesine Dawn, BCM MidEurope booth

Malcesine, Italy was just as wonderful as last year, and twice I witnessed a lovely sunrise moment over the mountains. The sky begins to lighten very early somewhere in the 5am range, but because of the tall mountains surrounding the lake (Lago di Garda), you don’t actually see the sun until right at 8am, when… continued

July 13, 2007

A few quick pics

Busy week here in Schladming – had two performance on Wednesday (SüdTiroler Jugendblasorchester performed Stampede under the amazing direction of Karl Geroldinger, and the LA Symphonic Winds played MetaMarch with gusto despite my flailing arms). Both were great concerts and great performances. This Saturday night, I have two more pieces with the World Youth Wind… continued