Category: Blog

Alright, so I…

…stumbled upon this article in the Independent about Pierre Boulez the other day.  In it, author Michael Church pokes a stick at known iconoclast and curmudgeon Boulez.  As I read this article, I couldn’t help but ask myself, “Why does this article feel so…I dunno, icky…to me?” I think the reason I felt this way is that it feels so… Read more →

I first started…

…composing when I was 13 years old.  Maybe it was because I was young and isolated, or maybe not, but I had a lot of assumptions about what being a composer is like.  These assumptions, though largely changed or negated from time and experience, still show up as prejudices today.  I wish I could go back in time and talk… Read more →

“Come” Recording

Thanks to a great concert by Glenda Bates, Kendra Hawley, and friends, I’ve gotten a good recording of a difficult piece for two oboes, english horn, and bassoon.  They want to take it to the International Double Reed Society next year, but I want to do some reorchestrating, so that they can get some breathing time in. Take a listen!… Read more →

I’ve been toiling…

…with LogicPro these past couple of days, working on a full-Finale-playback-plus-electronics mockup of TWEAK, my piece for wind ensemble and electronics.  Some people said they’d like to give it a listen, so here you go! [haiku url=”http://db.tt/gCwTkby” title=”TWEAK — Mock-Up”] Lemme know what you think! Read more →

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 →