1 year, 25 days

….since my last blog post. I’ve realized that I’ve been spending so much time on various projects that taking the time to write about said projects just hasn’t been a thing that’s going to happen. Then I was listening to Dennis Tobenski’s Music Publishing Podcast the other week and he said that he liked to use…

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My top ten records

Hiya. It’s getting late on a Friday, I’ve been home making parts all evening (save for seeing Ate9 dance company perform Jodie Landau’s mouth to mouth, which was awesome), and I suddenly feel an urge to make a list of my top ten records. This list changes over time, but everything on tonight’s version has…

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The Other Side of Valentine’s Day

Synchromy: The Other Side of Valentine's Day

My colleagues in Synchromy gave me a concert to curate, and I’m quite stoked on the idea we came up with. We’re doing a show the day AFTER Valentine’s Day at the Blue Whale, with songs of heartbreak and longing and such for soprano and piano, broken up with insane-sounding interludes for trombone, one of…

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Articles on NewMusicBox

At the end of October I was in Chicago for the premiere of my friend and teacher Joel Feigin’s opera, Twelfth Night. When I turned on my phone upon landing I had an email from NewMusicBox’s editor, Molly Sheridan, asking if I’d be up for being a guest columnist for the month of November. Apparently my…

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Quiet Harbor premieres tomorrow

Clockwise: Sarah Thornblade, Ashley Walters, Brian Walsh, and Sarah Andon

I just got home from a rehearsal on my piece Quiet Harbor, which will be premiered tomorrow by Synchromy at the Outpost Concert Series at UC Riverside. I’m very grateful to have Sarah Thornblade, Sara Andon, Ashley Walters, and Brian Walsh playing the piece. They’ve turned my dots and lines into something really beautiful, and I…

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Trees and the supermoon

I just delivered the score and parts to a new piece, Three Graces at Perigee, to Cadillac Moon Ensemble. It’s been an incredibly busy summer and I haven’t been keeping the blog updated, so I thought writing about this piece would be a good way to get going again. Over the past year or so I’ve started…

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Player Piano Test for Resolves; concert this Sunday

On Sunday, June 8, at 7:30 PM, some other UCSB composers and musicians and I are putting on a concert at Geiringer Hall. It’ll be the premiere of my new piece Resolves, which is a semi-open score piece for player piano, electronics, strings, and optional percussion, bass, and clarinet. The player piano part is generated…

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Robert Heinlein on Contemporary Art

I just finished reading Robert Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land for the first time. I loved the ideas it presented, but will admit getting a bit bored by the narrative. In any case, there’s a scene about two-thirds of the way through where one of the main characters, Jubal Harshaw, who acts as a sort…

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Two new scores

Hello all. Just a quick note to say I’ve made the scores to All The Wrong Notes and Connection publicly available. Fabricio Mattos performed the premiere of Connection, for guitar and field recordings, about two weeks ago at the Brunel Museum in London, and Richard Valitutto gave the premiere of All The Wrong Notes, for…

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Guitar Premiere Week

Okay, I still owe ya’ll a post-Brahms wrap-up, but I’ve been going hard on new pieces and will get to that one of these days. This is just a mention of two shows coming up that I’m pretty excited about. Both involve guitar, my main instrument. I’ve always found it tough to compose for, because…

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