Concerts in NY, LA, and Iceland this month

There’s a lot coming up in August. Last night, Third Coast Percussion performed their RENGA:Cage:100 project, which I helped write music for, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, after a preview performance at the Kennedy Center in DC two days earlier. I heard that it rocked, and I’ll post a link to a video and/or recording as soon as one is available.

But don’t worry, you haven’t missed out! If you’re in Iceland this weekend or next week, my friend Matthías Sigurðsson will be premiering Nightttt Loops, the piece I wrote for him. It’s for clarinet, piano, live electronics, and optional percussion, and he’s thus far told me that it’s been a lot of fun. The show is at Selið, the arts center in Stokkalækur on Sunday, then at Tónskóli Sigursveins D. Kristinssonar in Reykjavík on Tuesday. I understand he’ll be taking video of the piece, so will put that up if it comes out to our mutual liking.

“But I don’t speak Íslenski! And the concept of a midnight sun freaks me out!” you cry, to which I respond, “then come on over to my house the following week!.” Aron Kallay and Rafael Liebich are playing piano music by Ben Phelps, Jason Barabba, and I, among others, on Friday, August 24 at 8 pm. There are going to be lots of drinks (the amber ale I made a couple weeks ago and bottled on Sunday will be ready to open) and good times and the thing will probably go until someone calls the cops. So come on by. Just email me for the address. If you try to walk all over LA listening for piano music coming out a window, you probably won’t find it.

Then, finally, it’s back to NY, for a concert I’m really really excited about. Steve Beck and Marc Peloquin are playing a set of piano music and songs by Dennis Tobenski and myself, and premiering #Armada’s Piano Sonata. It’s at 9:30 at the Duplex on August 29. This will be my first trip to New York in a long long time, and I’m really hoping we can fill the place. So tickets are here and the facebook event is here. Please please tell your friends in the area and help spread the word – thing thing is going to rock.

In other news, I’m starting my PhD in music at UC Santa Barbara in a little over a month. That’s all for now.