September 2013

Staying busy! Thanks to Michael Matsuno for his recent, dynamite recording of AxBxC (2013) for solo flute and to Ariel Detwiler and Sam Crocker of Duo 231 for their equally dynamite recording of Eight Miniatures (2012). Michael and Duo 231 both asked for sets of short movements – miniatures – but the ensuing pieces nevertheless sound very different from each other. Written so close to each other, they were a great chance to see how far the same basic idea could be taken in different directions. And the recordings are, as I say, dynamite – check them out!

This past summer was occupied with a commission for wind band from Craig Fryer and the Millbrook High School Wind Band. The new piece, The Extinguished Lights, will be premiered in December.

Over on the Listen page, new audio is up, including the American Composers Orchestra’s recording of Music from elsewhere: orchestra from the Underwood New Music Readings last April. The piece will also receive an encore performance in April 2014 at Indiana University.

March 2013

Almost spring! Winter is definitely a little longer and a little colder in New York than Indiana, but it’ll come eventually…

On the docket, I’m pleased to say that the recently-completed Music from elsewhere: orchestra has been accepted to the 22nd Underwood New Music Readings of the American Composers Orchestra. The readings (which are open to the public) will happen at the DiMenna Center in New York City on April 8-10.

Other recent goings-on include a performance of No Compulsions Now (in a tape-only version) at the Cal State Fullerton New Music Festival on March 2, and of The favorite food of fools (an excerpt from 2011’s A Walmart Version of You), at Harvard University on March 2, as part of the Vox Novus 60×60 East Coast Mix.

Also keeping me busy is a new solo work for the fabulous new music flutist Michael Matsuno, currently based in Los Angeles.

Been listening to:
Prokofiev, Piano Sonatas 5, 6, & 7 (played by Frederic Chiu)
Bach, Goldberg Variations (played by Murray Perahia)

Been reading:
Faulkner, The Town
Chabon, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh