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May 8, 2009

Grade 3 for Band

First things first: the Festival of Winds honor band students this past weekend in Conway were great, and joyfully endured an all-day grueling rehearsal schedule, followed by a great concert that night. Several of them had even stayed up the entire night before for Prom, and still performed admirably. It was quite an experience for… continued

April 17, 2009

Ecstatic Waters, edited mp3

I’ve just posted an edited mp3 of UT’s performance of Ecstatic Waters at CBDNA. The biggest difference is the electronics – the recording didn’t capture the electronic tracks very well because of the mic placement. I’ve layered in the original electronics, so they’re much more present and clear – this is a better representation… continued

April 3, 2009

Ecstatic Waters CBDNA mp3

I’ve posted the entire performance from last week’s CBDNA conference. It’s one, 25Mb mp3 download. The link will pull the entire file to your computer, and then you can open it in iTunes, or whatever program you use to listen to mp3s. I haven’t edited it at all. NOTE: Because of the mic placement to… continued

March 31, 2009

Axis Mundi mp3

The world premiere performance of Axis Mundi by the JWECC 2009 Festival band is now posted on the Axis Mundi page, along with a perusal PDF score. This file will download a single mp3 – it won’t play in your browser. The first movement is very quiet, for a very long time – I… continued

March 31, 2009

Ecstatic Aftermath

Last Friday night’s performance of Ecstatic Waters by UT at CBDNA was fantastic. I haven’t written anything before now because 1) I’m exhausted, and 2) I don’t really know what to say, beyond that it was fantastic, and part of an amazing week of music. Verena’s transcription of Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man was stunning,… continued

March 27, 2009

Ecstatic in Austin

Tonight’s the night: Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas WInd Ensemble will perform Ecstatic Waters as part of the national CBDNA conference. If you’re coming to the concert, get there early (having a ticket is no guarantee of admission). If you’re not in the area, but want to listen online, it will be streamed… continued

March 25, 2009

CBDNA begins… (plus the radio show download)

Familiar faces are swooping into town from everywhere, as the national CBDNA conference gets underway here in Austin. It’s nice to go to one of these big conventions…and still be at home. In fact, I’ve lived in or near the city of each of the past three national conventions – New York in 2005, Ann… continued

March 21, 2009

Knowing the Score, 8pm CST, 3/22/09

Yesterday I taped an interview with Dan Welcher for his radio show Knowing the Score, which will air tomorrow evening (March 22nd) at 8pm on KMFA (89.5 here in Austin). This is the same show that John Mackey just did a couple of weeks ago, with the difference that I did it in… continued

March 21, 2009

Japan Photos

I’ve started a post about everything that happened in Japan, but it’s apparent I’m not going to finish it any time soon, so it will have to wait until after CBDNA. In the meantime, here are a few photos

March 17, 2009

Axis Mundi premiere

Just a brief note to say that the premiere of Axis Mundi was spectacular. The bands in Japan are unbelievable. Outrageously good. My eternal thanks to Mamoru Nakata for spearheading the JWECC consortium, and to Shintaro Fukumoto for conducting the hell out of the piece. They’ll be bringing a recording with them to CBDNA… continued

March 11, 2009

Ecstatic in Dallas

Jerry Junkin and the UT Wind Ensemble just blew the doors off the Meyerson with Ecstatic Waters tonight. Holy cow. I’ve been extraordinarily fortunate to have had such time with, and access to, one of the very top wind ensembles in the nation, if not the world, and am infinitely grateful to Maestro Junkin… continued