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July 5, 2005


Spent the weekend painting the core of the house. Almost finished. We’re going with “Mexican Feather Grass” for the living and dining rooms, which you’ll see below. It’s a muted “Pottery Barn” green – very classy. The molding and trim is all some sort of slightly eggshell off-white. Granary white or something. It works. House… continued

June 2, 2005

Murfreesboro, Arkansas

Today, my father, brother, and I drove down to Murfreesboro, Arkansas (where my dad grew up, and home to the only diamond mine in North America) to take some pictures and see some relatives. We had lunch at the “Squat and Gobble” BBQ restaurant. I ordered ribs, not realizing just how freaking BIG they would… continued

May 26, 2005

Livingston HS Wind Symphony – “Dusk” performance

Last night, I had the pleasure of conducting “Dusk” with the Livingston High School Wind Symphony. We finally had the entire band there (having a trombone section definitely helps!), and they did a great job with the piece. I think we woke some people up with that climax section!A big “thank you” to Mike Jedwabnik,… continued

May 18, 2005

Dusk rehearsal – Livingston High School

Went out to Livingston, NJ to work with Mike Jedwabnik and the Livingston HS Wind Symphony on Dusk tonight. Their concert is next Wednesday, the 25th, and I’ll be conducing Dusk with them – looking forward to it! Tonight was a little rough because we were missing several players (started rehearsal without a trombone… continued

May 16, 2005

Newman’s Avenue X

I just heard a recording from one of the premieres of Jonathan’s Avenue X from last week. It’s as good as Jim says it is. Can’t wait to hear it live! If any groups out there reading this are playing at Midwest this year, this is your piece – take a serious… continued

May 7, 2005

Rolling Stones at Juilliard

Since it’s now all over the news, I guess it’s no longer a secret: the Rolling Stones are playing 3 tunes at Juilliard this Tuesday, May 10th, about 1pm, to announce their new tour. They’re only letting about 150 students onto the Plaza to hear them, so I imagine it’ll be a mob scene…. continued

April 23, 2005

Veo Lux – The Allen Room

Juilliard’s “Beyond the Machine” electroacoustic series culminated tonight at The Allen Room (Jazz @ Lincoln Center), with a diverse group of pieces and approaches to using technology in music. My piece went well, and the quartet deserves a huge “thank-you” for playing their arms off on it. Let’s hope we can do the rumored recording… continued

April 20, 2005

Veo Lux premiere

The premiere was last night, and the players did a great job. The speakers and the venue weren’t ideal – lots of midrange, very little presence, muddy, but the piece works, and this Friday at The Allen Room (Jazz @ Lincoln Center) should sound fantastic.The Juilliard Electric Ensemble (l-r: Christina, Pat, Chris, Nadia) – many… continued

April 16, 2005

Veo Lux – final recording session

Had a final recording session for the backing material last night, courtesy of the indefatigable Ariana K. After the last rehearsal, we decided to slow the tempo down from 136 to 126 – it locks in better there (if you ever use MIDI instruments to mock up a piece, you’ll always end up pushing the… continued

April 13, 2005

Buffer size

Rehearsal was decent last night – the players will own their parts by the concert, but I’m worried about the computer. Works fine at home. Take it to rehearsal, plug it in to the exact same gear, same cables, same EVERYTHING, and it suddenly freaks out about a few piddly aux sends to some delays… continued