Author: Jason

So, this weekend…

…in Southampton, NY, my piece for oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, trumpet, and piano, Overbite, was premiered in an itty-bitty concert by the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players.  Like many premieres, the first swing was, well, a great first try.  The musicians worked their asses off on the piece, and they’ve graciously agreed to record it for reals sometime soon. The… Read more →

Here’s a little…

…preview of what I’ve been up to lately.  I’m sweating bullets, working on writing a piece in thirty days, for The Cortona Sessions in June.  They’ve asked for a 10-15 minute piece, but I don’t know if that’s going to happen or not (especially in thirty days!).  I feel like I’m a weightlifter doing power sets! Anyways, here’s the first… Read more →

Richard Dare wants to know…

…where the meaning in art and music has gone, according to his article in Huffington Post. To be more precise, he thinks it’s there, but artists (and composers) don’t want to talk about it.  It’s a valid question, but I’m not sure I like why he’s asking.  I do think that the man has a point about artists being coy… Read more →

String Quartet, Movement 1

I finished (in not specataularly slow fashion) the first movement of my String Quartet.  I’m pretty excited about just how easily things came together on this movement; usually, the process of getting the music onto the page is more hard-fought for me! Take a look at the score here: [pageview url=”http://db.tt/a6xHhwOE” ]   You can listen to the Finale Mockup… Read more →

The TWEAK Experience

I’ve finally received the recording of my piece for Wind Ensemble and Electronics, TWEAK!  I’ve been waiting to blog this until I had all the goods to put into a post, and now that I do, here we go! The whole Digital Embrace (the concert’s title) was an incredible event.  David Vickerman, the conductor/organizer, really put himself out there to… Read more →

Applying for Competitions…

…is something that many of us composers feel compelled to do.  The plus side is that you get your piece performed (usually), the opportunity to take home some cash (less frequently), and worst-case scenario, you at least get something to pad your résumé with. For the uninitiated, the process of applying to competitions goes a little something like this: You… Read more →

Lately, I have been…

…thinking about the emergent protest happening in New York City, Occupy Wall Street.  It all started with a colleague and sometime acquaintance of mine, Loren Loiacono (Twitter: @lorenlo), posting a link to Gawker’s article about the protest movement.  Of interest is the video of life in the camp in Zuccotti Park: Right Here All Over (Occupy Wall St.) from Alex Mallis… Read more →

It took some doing…

…but I finally got the first half of my piece for bass clarinet and electronics, Air Reel, up and ready in mockup form!  I’ve plugged in the Finale playback of the bass clarinet, combined with the actual electronics.  Take a listen (I’ve made this into an mp3 for the sake of speed and bandwith!): [haiku url=”http://db.tt/tvqrz044″ ] If that doesn’t… Read more →

I’m taking the morning…

…to do some long-overdue composing on my latest piece, Air Reel for bass clarinet and fixed media, for bass clarinetist, basset hornist, and all-around badass Lisa Preimesberger.  I’m fully back in school, and have recently taken a job with a Big Awesome Fruit-Themed Computer Company (I’m not allowed to talk about them on the Internet, so that’s as specific as I’m going… Read more →

I’m really not…

…that into quoting people; it feels too fake, too Hallmark Greetings for me to draw any meaning from it.  Nonetheless, this quote has always inspired me, which is funny when you consider the quote: “The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the… Read more →