The Only Reason I Am Happy That The Chargers Didn't Make The Superbowl

The recording session on my string quartet last Monday was awesome! And tomorrow night I am going over to Nick Tipp’s house to give him my final edits, so that he can cut together all of the takes into the ultimate performance. So for the past two weeks I’ve been listening to about 20 versions…

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ACF Grant!

I just received a letter that I’ve received a grant to help with the CD from the American Composers Forum San Francisco chapter. Thank you ACF!!!!

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Recording update/new piece/premiere

A lot has happened lately, to say the least. First of all, we hit the fundraising goal, and the string quartet recording project is go! Rehearsals this week, and the studio date is this coming Monday, and I am extremely excited. Thank you for all of your support! In a well-timed twist of fate, my…

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Top 5 burgers thus far in my life

1. Ma Nolan’s Cheeseburger in Nice, France, with goat cheese instead of cheddar. The South of France is the goat cheese capital of the world, and when you ask for it on the burger they put on an ENTIRE WHEEL like you might buy at a fromagerie to last for a week (or a day,…

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Kickstart!

It is extremely important for young composers such as myself to reach out to new audiences and have our music heard, to keep our traditions alive while innovating, and to attract new audiences to classical music. So I have decided to release my String Quartet as a single. It’s concise for listeners, practical to record,…

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Spacing

I’ve taken a short break to consider a lot of things in my work on Moon Songs, and during this time managed to write a guitar prelude. It’s totally unmeasured, which is a first for me. There’s a way that I play it, but I’m literally curious to see what other rhythms other guitarists will…

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Does this make me a professional?

I’ve received a bit of sweet news in the last couple of weeks, and wanted to share it. First, I heard that ensembleGreen would be giving the US premiere of Gare D’Arras on March 5th in Los Angeles. This is my first concert in LA, and my first performance put on by professional musicians out…

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Honest Iago video

My band Honest Iago and I released our first music video today. Please share, tweet, and otherwise repost it like mad. Thanks!

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Building the Recording Fund

Hi everyone, I’ve come to the point in my career where it’s about time I released a CD/some tracks on itunes. Every successful composer I’ve spoken with has said that having one good recording can carry you farther than a premiere with the New York Phil (although I wouldn’t mind that). A recording can act…

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Moon Structures

Sometimes a piece completely comes together in one go. Not that it’s all written in one sitting (that does happen sometimes), but sometimes I’ll be walking somewhere and say “this happens, then this happens, then this happens for this long, then this instrument comes in, then the second thing I thought of repeats,” and I’ll…

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