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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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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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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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Orchestrating the Brahms Piano Quintet

Look at that beard. I’m green with envy. Also, listen to this: How freaking awesome is that? I’m in love with this piece. The first time I heard it I was working as an administrative assistant for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. The music director, Jeffrey Kahane, was set to play it with some soloists…

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The Return of Algorithms

I’ve been meeting with Clarence Barlow a lot lately, a composer who is well known for his algorithmically composed music. It’s something I was very interested in as an undergraduate, but haven’t pursued much since then. Now that I’m getting to know Clarence, I think it’s something I may take up again. Essentially, you write…

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Lines in the Sand, Wavering Lines, Deserts, Dessert

I just put a double bar line on my piece for Daniel Gall’s Wavering Lines project. It’s close to a final draft – I’ll stare at it for a while for the next week or so, and then send it off to the performers. This is a pretty cool project; Daniel is both a composer…

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New Score for SATB Chorus

Who’s got a new score posted on this blog? This guy! (Awkwardly points at self.) But seriously, people really liked the middle movement of Moon Songs, so I decided to make it into a standalone piece for SATB chorus. The New Century Voices are premiering it in Santa Barbara on December 3rd. Should be an…

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Premiere next week

This piece (Meanwhile, Somewhere in Orbit…): is being played by a living, breathing, awesome pianist, (i.e. not MIDI) on this concert: Tell everyone.

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Three short collaborative works

Last night I put the finishing touches on two miniature pieces that will be combined with work from other composers into something larger. Along with doing Fibonacci’s Glass Cage a couple of months ago for Third Coast Percussion with 100 other composers (and let’s not forget #Armada), this is becoming a thing I really enjoy.…

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