If you are in the NYC area this week, keep and eye and ear out for the astounding Mobius Trio. They will be doing a short tour of the area, playing some absolutely fantastic music, included my own Initial Darkness (Radio Edit). More information can be found on my events page.
I have also been putting up small pieces and sketches under the title Short Takes on my soundcloud page. These are short clips that are either discarded from some other works, or their own stand alone little microcosm. Keep an ear there as well as they should update once or twice a week for a little while.
More projects are coming down the chute, which I will update about as appropriate, but I am most excited to be starting on a new song set for the soprano Jill Morgan Brenner.
Having two premieres within 24 hours was amazing, exhilarating, and tiring. Both Areon Flutes and the Mobius Trio did awesome amazing jobs on all of the music that they played this weekend. Unbeknownst to me at the time, on Saturday night when Areon was premiering Spirals Slinkies Staircases (as well as, among other things, recapping a decade-old gem by Noah Luna), Mobius was premiering a new work by the awesome Santiago Gutierrez Bolio, which they then recapped the following day at their concert at C4NM. At that concert on Sunday, Mobius opened with a three year old piece by Danny Clay before moving on to the Radio Edit of my new piece for them, Initial Darkness. They closed the concert with another new work, Infinite Earths, by the astounding Mario Godoy.
Those stories are a very tiny testaments to one of the things that make these groups awesome, especially from a composer’s perspective, which is that they will continue to perform pieces. It is already a tired lament in the new music community that far too often pieces get premieres, and then no second performance. Fighting this was one of the main impetuses behind the founding of the Fifth Floor Collective (of which I had a small part in, and who also had a concert last night in Boston). But groups like Mobius and Areon bring a very special dedication to the music that they ask for and perform. This goes all the way through their entire preparation (Santiago mentioned to me yesterday, after sound check, at his awe that everything that Mobius was spending time to checking and setting up, was all in service to giving the best performance possible of these works), to continue to perform the works, sometimes even for years.
I am very fortunate that Areon and Mobius will both continue to perform the works I have written for them throughout this season. Mobius is making a small tour to the NYC area, I’ve posted the shows where they are planning on playing Initial Darkness. Areon as well will be playing some cool shows later this season, and I will be posting those dates once I have confirmation. Every musician knows that performance of works only continue to get better with time and practice, as was very clearly evident this weekend by the performances of Noah’s and Danny’s music. I am excited that these pieces will get a life outside of this past weekend and I look forward to seeing all of the nuanced ways in which they change and grow over the season.
Looking ahead, there will be news about a new work I have written for the Guerrilla Composers Guild, and if you don’t already, keep an ear out on Music from Other Minds.
This week is very exciting. I will have two premieres on back to back nights in the Bay Area on October 11th and 12th.
First up is my new piece for Areon Flutes entitled Spirals Slinkies Staircases. This was a commission as part of the group’s monumental tenth season and I am very honored to be taking a part in it. They will be playing the piece this Saturday, October 11 at Trinity Chamber Concerts.
The following day the Mobius Trio will be premiering my new piece for them, on three electric guitars, Initial Darkness. That will be taking place on Sunday, October 12 at 5pm at the Center for New Music.
I am very excited to be working with both of these groups and can’t wait for all of the music making this week.
Here is some of what I have been up to and what is about to start consuming my life.
Last month I took part in a performance of Vexations over in Berkeley. You can check out the write up here.
I just finished Waves for six guitars. This will hopefully be premiered at SFCM sometime next calendar year. It was partially inspired by Reuben Margolin‘s work.
I am working on Piano Piece I, which will be the second piece in the series, following last year’s Piano Piece VI. Once PPI is finished, PPV will be underway.
I am writing an oboe and bassoon duet for the wonderful Kris King and Sydne Sullivan entitled …on all sides of ours lives. We will be recording this on the 10th and premiering it on Sydne’s recital on the following day.
Today I met with The Living Earth Show to start on the piece that I will be writing for them for the April 2, 2013 concert at SFCM, I watch the fire as the days echo away. I’m stoked to be working with awesome people and musicians on this project.
New Keys just performed IV at their fall concert and did an awesome job with it. I will be writing a two piano eight hands piece for them for the spring.
I am going to start work on a new orchestra piece, the emotional impetus behind which came from my work at the SFCM Archives.
And lastly, I will be doing an installation at the Hot Air Festival this year which I am totally stoked about. I am excited to branch out from a strict concert setting for my work. It is an option that I have thought about exploring and I look forward to my first venture with it.