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March 22, 2006

Saul Williams / Nine Inch Nails

Last night. Loud. Liked it. Satisfying.Led me to some deep thought about the visceral vs. the intellectual.This will come back later. If present nebulous plans come to fruition, in just over a year.Back to doing my taxes…

March 21, 2006

Dusk score and m3 are now up!

It’s taken me far too long, but I’ve finally posted a PDF study score and streaming mp3 file for Dusk on the website. If you’re interested, go check it out (the links are in the green inset box).While I’m on the topic, here’s a sketch I found for the climax of the piece…. continued

March 15, 2006

Fayetteville HS Band

Yesterday morning I had the privilege of working on Dusk with the Fayetteville HS Band. Their director, Barry Harper, generously let me have the entire hour to sightread the piece with the group. There was an audible amount of fear and trepidation when we started, but by the end of the period I could… continued

March 14, 2006

Turbine / Foodblog

Last night I heard the Univ. of Arkansas – Fayetteville Concert Band and Wind Symphony perform, and they chewed through a LOT of music! I only have a second this morning, but suffice it to say I thought both groups were really solid, and I’m looking forward to hearing one of them do some of… continued

March 12, 2006

Human Radio

The Blue Monkey, Memphis, TN:Last night, James A., Walter, and I got to see Human Radio. Human Radio (Ross Rice, vocals and keyboards, Peter Hyrka, violin and assorted electric string instruments, Kye Kennedy, guitar, Steve Arnold, bass, and Steve Ebe, drums) existed from 1989-1992, so this was an unexpected and most welcome opportunity to… continued

March 6, 2006

Amherst Redux

Saturday afternoon, Rob Franzblau and I headed back up from Providence to Amherst, MA to hear Laura Rexroth’s joint Wind Ensemble / Symphony Band concert that night. First up was the Symphony Band, taking on Copland’s “Outdoor Overture” – I think they were a little nervous at first, but after it got going, they opened… continued

March 4, 2006

Rhode Island Recap

Just have a few minutes before I head back to Amherst for tonight’s concert up there. Around 6pm, I met with the Brown University Wind Ensemble, and the director, Matthew McGarrell, surprised me and asked if I would like to conduct Dusk that night! Being completely unprepared, I of course said “yes,” and off we… continued

February 28, 2006

“Wrong About Me”

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

February 27, 2006

Harding Academy represent!

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