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
Today we made a trip down to Murfreesboro to exchange gifts with the extended family. Had a pleasant visit and dinner with everyone, and met a new friend, Will, who specializes in building sheltered homes that handle most of their heating and cooling from ground heat and water – I find this fascinating – I… continued
In a former life, I played Alto Sax. My past came back to haunt me as my old high school friend, Kathy, and her husband, Eddie, roped me into playing 30 minutes of Christmas Carol intermission music between showings of a play at a local church. With great trepidation, I agreed, and dug out my… continued
Just wrapped up my portion of the interview for AETN’s “Men and Women of Distinction” series, in which they’re doing a segment on my mentor and old teacher, Francis McBeth. The series features Chuck Dovish as the producer/host, which should air sometime in June, 2006. It was an interesting experience being interviewed – only… continued