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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

March 7, 2009

Bolcom Caught Fire…

…at ABA last Thursday night. I rode over to the ABA convention with Verena and AEJ on the band bus (hooray for band bus trips!), to hear the UT Wind Ensemble give their concert at Texas A&M. It was a hell of a concert – for me, the biggest highlights were Sunil Gadgil’s absolutely astounding… continued

February 28, 2009

Ecstatic in Illinois

I’m back in Austin tonight, after boarding a flight in the snow in Chicago, and walking off the plane into 86 degree heat 2 and half hours later. Good to be home… :)Last night, the [wind ensemble of the] Fighting Saints of St. Charles East HS gave a very successful performance of Ecstatic Waters,… continued

February 26, 2009

Ecstatic Waters across the Midwest

Last night, the Ohio State Symphonic Band under Rick Blatti gave a great (by all accounts I’ve heard) performance of Ecstatic Waters. I heard the dress rehearsal on Tuesday, which was fantastic, not just because they played the piece well, but because this is the first time I’ve ever been able to sit and… continued

February 22, 2009

Texas State has Suite Dreams

The Texas State University Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds concert was last night, and both groups did a fantastic job. I let the professionals handle the conducting, except for the last of my pieces, Suite Dreams, for which I just couldn’t resist taking the podium. The group played really, really well, and I… continued

February 19, 2009

Texas State University residency Day 2

I’m heading back down to San Marcos for a full day of rehearsals and presentations to various classes. Rehearsals on Tuesday went *very* well – both groups sound great. The concert is tomorrow night at 8pm in Evans Auditorium on the TSU campus – come if you’re in the area!

February 4, 2009

Alchemy at Baylor

Off to Baylor University today to hear the Wind Ensemble rehearse Alchemy in Silent Spaces, Mvt. I. They are performing the work several times next week, culminating in their TMEA performance on Thursday at 2pm. I heard them do a fantastic job on this piece last Spring under the baton of H. Robert… continued