Summer 2015 Begins

Time just seems to flow by, and all of a sudden it has been far too long since I have updated this space. My goal is to be better about that for a while to come. Hold me to it.

This year I am honored to be playing at the Garden of Memory at Chapel of the Chimes on the summer solstice. I will be playing in a quartet with three other fantastic musicians, and there will be ton of other amazing performers around in the space. This is definitely one of the not-to-be-missed annual music events in the Bay Area. If that’s not enough to get you to come, all I’m going to add is the phrase “detuned harmonicas”.

I am finishing up a new piece for Transient Canvas, who I have to say, have one of the best names of any music group, ever. I had known Amy and Matt from my time in Boston, and we met up again after they performed at the New Music Gathering. I am very excited to reconnect and work with them. They are phenomenal performers and have already made their mark in Boston. Plus Matt shares my enthusiasm for a good cigar. Stay tuned for more details to come on that front.

I am nearly finished on the song cycle Frames for the soprano Jill Morgan Brenner. As part of her poetry project she commissioned three other composers to write sets for her on contemporary poetry. I’ve gotten a peek at some of the other works, and I can say that the whole thing is going to be killer. Mark your calendars,  the premier will happen on Sept. 12 at the Center for New Music.

Prodigal Opera Productions had its initial outing and was a huge success. Next up will be a workshop of a new libretto with multiple composers taking part. Because actual libretto writing is important and needs more attention, period. All of this is a part of its Overture season which is helping gear up for its first full season next year.

Meerenai Shim just came on as a curator for the Center for New Music. One of the awesome projects she is bringing in is a New Music Open Mic Night. That is happening next week, and I will be playing a new work for piano and fixed media.

Starting at the beginning of this year, I came on board as one of the hosts for Music from Other Minds. It has been a blast curating shows and I look forward to continuing to host at least a show a month.

I’ve put up a Bandcamp page for some of my electronic and ambient works, as promised. This will surely grow over the course of the year, but for now feel free to check out this collaboration I did earlier this year with the tenor Matt Habib, setting a John Keats poem.

And lastly, I’ve been on the twitters more. So tweet at me. @JMColombo

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