A little wisdom from…

…my composition professor, Dan Weymouth: Me: Whom would you rather be, taken in their proper context? Henry Cowell, the young maverick game-changer ignored by most during his time, or Walter Piston, the elegant but now mostly forgotten ruler of the roost? DW: I’d rather be the guy who got to study with them both. Me: C’mon! That’s cheating: no halfway… Read more →

I was on…

…Twitter today, and noticed a retweet by @altclassical, from composer/curator Judd Greenstein, regarding an article published in New York Magazine.  In it, author Justin Davidson details what he calls the “New New York School” of composers, who are linked by their love of “…amped-up minimalism, percussion-heavy beats, shimmering textures, loops, drones, and washes of electronic color.”  He mentions that these… Read more →

Wow, so the…

…Hartt School Saxophone Studio and Carrie Koffman, as you know if you’ve been reading, are playing  a piece of mine for the upcoming North American Saxophone Alliance conference at West Point.  In addition to that, they made kickass t-shirts which are full of quotes from the piece itself!  Take a look: I’m pretty psyched to be represented in t-shirt form! Read more →

If any of you…

…are in Hartford this Thursday, Carrie Koffman and the Hartt Saxophone Studio are performing my piece for 14 Saxophones, Say Nothing. (Nice website, by the way!)  They will also be performing it at the North American Saxophone Alliance conference in March.  Here’s a recording of what they’re playing: [haiku url=”http://dl.dropbox.com/u/15375722/Say%20Nothing.mp3″ title=”Say Nothing”] Carrie has asked me to give some insight… Read more →

There has been a…

…lot of discussion by classical music folks on Twitter lately regarding the notion of DWG‘s, aka Dead White Guys.  It seems to have grown from talk of how Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic have programmed a number of new works in their season (most notably, Stockhausen’s Gruppen), but have neglected to program music by women and/or non-whites. I’ll… Read more →

Well, I got the…

…results from the Finale/ACF/eighth blackbird Composition Contest, and it turns out that although I wasn’t one of the three finalists, I did make it to the top fifteen that received an honorable mention!  You can check out 8bb’s blog post about the honorable mention here. I’ve got mixed feelings on the whole thing; I really, really, really wanted to make… Read more →

Double Reed Piece Update #2

Here’s the latest update of the piece I’m writing for my double reed friends at Stony Brook, Come.  Take a listen to the prototype track, and have a gander at the score.  Any feedback you can give would be very appreciated.  Note: the English Horn part isn’t transposed yet, and I haven’t put in the specific trill pitches (but those… Read more →

Milton Babbitt died today.

You can read all about it in NPR Classical’s article. I had tweeted about it when I saw the memorial status updates on Facebook; I kept dropping the ‘t’ at the end, a mistake I’ve been doing ever since I first learned his name.  I glibly tweeted that the power of combinatoriality had given him his long life.  I was… Read more →

Here’s a first…

…update on the piece I’m working on for my friends Glenda, Rachel, Kendra, and Jon.  It’s a piece for an ensemble they’re calling oboe band: two oboes, english horn, and bassoon.  I was skeptical at first, but I think I’m sold now.  Here are the first three pages of the score to Come, along with a sound file to give… Read more →