I’m off this morning to work with Laura Rexroth’s wind ensemble at UMass Amherst on the first movement of Alchemy in Silent Spaces, followed by two days at Rhode Island College in Providence speaking to classes and working with Rob Franzblau’s group, culminating in a joint concert with Brown University’s wind ensemble… continued
45 seconds of pure genius from the Salamander Studios hit factory in Memphis, TN. Written, performed, recorded, mixed, and distributed on Sunday afternoon.”Wrong About Me”http://www.myspace.com/stevenbryantJames McMurry: lead vox, guitar, backing vox, lyricsSteven Bryant: bass, lead guitar (all three notes), percussion, ooh-aah voxpeople think wrong things about mebut they’re wrong about meno they aren’t rightpeople say… continued
I spent Friday evening with the Harding Academy band and their new director this year, Colby Canterbury, working on Dusk. I have to say when I first walked in and saw that about 40% of the band consisted of saxophones, I was slightly worried. Somehow, though, they actually made a solid, warm, non-saxophone-dominated sound… continued
Heading to Memphis to work with The Harding Academy Band on “Dusk” this evening. Then it’s on to dinner with some old roommates from my undergrad days.Gotta hit the road…more later!
Because of an imminent ice storm, the Arkansas All-State Convention held its concerts today, instead of tomorrow, as regularly scheduled. I drove down early this morning to work with the Symphonic Band, under Rick Blatti’s direction, on my piece, MetaMarch. Two nights ago, Rick asked if I’d be interested in conducting the piece, and… continued
Tuesday, Feb. 7th marked my last day of nearly 10 years of affiliation with Juilliard, first as student, then as a staff member. Many different events in my life over the past 10 months or so have converged to bring about this new direction. It was difficult – I’ve worked with a great number of… continued
Been traveling and haven’t had much internet access…at least, that’s my excuse for not keeping things up to date. A LOT has been going on. I’m about to hop on another plane, so this will be quick until I can flesh each one out:Last week I officially resigned from Juilliard to pursue composing and conducting… continued
I’ve been back in New York the past few weeks sorting things out. The big news: after almost a decade, first as a student, then as an employee, I’m leaving Juilliard! I’m leaving to spend more time composing, conducting, etc. Tuesday, Feb. 7th will be my final full day…pictures from the party that day will… continued
This week, I discovered sketches for all my old pieces (and I mean ALL). I keep everything, apparently, including old, crappy pop songs I tried to write in ninth grade. Those should be shredded. Anyway, I found some sketches for Monkey. Prompted by a recent thread on the BCM forum, I decided to… continued
It’s currently 74 degrees. This is a beautiful day.Happy New Year to everyone!
My brother, Ben (seen in Santa regalia, below), cooked a fantastic dinner this evening.Ben Bryant, December, 2005The meal consisted of chicken breast stuffed with red pepper pesto, mushrooms, tomato, feta, and parmesan, encrusted with bread crumb parmesan mixture. The side dishes were sauteed mushrooms and grilled asparagus, pasta salad, and broccoli salad. It was DELICIOUS…. continued