2012

December

Dissertation completed and graduation come and gone, I’m officially Dr. Groffman. One more big “thank you” to all the faculty of Indiana University for all their help over the years – it’s been a wonderful place to study.

Some new media is up – those interested can see video from the live performance of my most recent electroacoustic piece, No compulsions now. Joining me in the performance were fellow composers Ryan Chase, Chappell Kingsland, and Chris Renk, carrying it off with aplomb.

Thanks also to Eric Bowling for his recent performance of Music from elsewhere: flute at Vincennes University.

Looking ahead, I’m pleased to say that in the spring I’ll be teaching composition and theory at the John J. Cali School of Music at Montclair State University – it’s a great place, and I’m looking forward to joining the faculty. Happy Holidays to all!

September

Orals completed, I’m officially a doctoral candidate and graduating this coming December. A couple of new projects are under way, including Music from elsewhere: orchestra, my doctoral dissertation, and a new piece, Eight Miniatures, for Duo 231 (Samuel Crocker, horn, and Ariel Detwiler, bassoon) to be performed later this fall.

Over the summer, I also began work on a videorecording of Music from elsewhere: flute with help from Eric Bowling, for whom the piece was written and who premiered it earlier this year. That will be posted soon and I’m excited to be able to show a new, immersive way to interact with the piece; in the meantime, those interested can hear an audio-only version here.

Wearing a different hat (not really, of course – I don’t wear hats), I’ll be traveling to the American Musicological Society-Midwest Fall 2012 Meeting and the International Conference on Music Semiotics in Edinburgh, UK this fall to present on theory work I’ve done on spectralism, in particular the works of Kaija Saariaho and Gérard Grisey.

Been listening to:
Orals repertoire (!): Ligeti, Birtwistle, Stockhausen, Carter, Debussy, Stravinsky, Saariaho, Monteverdi, Strauss, Schubert, Brahms.

Been reading:
Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury, The Hamlet
Eliot: Middlemarch
Franzen: Freedom

June

Another busy semester over! Thanks to all the IU musicians who participated in my doctoral recital – it’s always incredible to work with such focused, committed players. New audio from the recital should be up soon.

Recent compositions include a new work commissioned by the soprano-flute duo Tiffany Blake and Michelle Stanley, entitled When nightfall grays, setting texts by Thomas Hardy. They’ll be performing the piece in Boulder, CO in spring 2013.

January

A new semester begins, with a couple of upcoming performances in the near future:

February 10 – A Walmart Version of You: Four Pieces for Four-Channel Tape will receive an encore performance at the Society for Electro-Acoustic in the United States 2012 National Conference at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. A stereo mix of the piece is available on the Listen page.

February 26 – four works of mine, including a couple of premieres, will be presented at my doctoral recital in Auer Hall at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Also on the Listen page is audio (finally…) from this past summer’s performance by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble of Music from elsewhere, which was written for the 2011 Aspen Summer Music Festival.