Maybe you know someone who is musical and wants to start studying composition but doesn’t know how to being. Or maybe you are that someone. Do you know about the Juilliard Evening Division? It’s Juilliard’s extension school that offers open auditions to adult students of all backgrounds. I teach INTRO TO COMPOSITION, where my students get to learn and practice technical concepts within the context of creative projects, and your pieces get read by amazing Juilliard musicians. Now that’s how to learn to compose! It’s not expensive either, so don’t be shy. It can’t hurt to audition. MORE INFO on the Juilliard website
The last few weeks I’ve been very fortunate to have my mysterious and ellusive writer collaborator friend Matthew Doherty drop in from Saudi Arabia, where he’s based these days. Fueled by 6 pounds of dizzyingly superb coffee he brought from his recent travels in Ethiopa, we worked intensely every day on our Semmelweis project. For the first time ever we were able to work side by side, actually choosing notes and words, rethinking, changing, etc. together in real time (instead of just passing things back and forth by email, or struggling to hear one another on Skype). Our do-it-yourself summer residency in my studio expanded when my amazing friends soprano Charlotte Mundy and bass-baritone Matthew Curran came by to record some of what we were writing for them. Having all this creative power in my tiny studio at once was, unfortunately sweltering on a hot summer day, but fortunately incredibly helpful in shaping out the new sound we are crafting for this project. We also had time to sit down with some directors, designers, producers, and friends of the project. Exciting. Stay tuned.
We did it! We reached our goal for this first round of funding for the Latency Canons Recording Project! A huge thank you to all of you who contributed*, emailed friends, posted, tweeted, shared, liked, pinned, spoke well of around the water cooler, or otherwise encouraged us in this very special project.
We have a ways to go yet to get to the final recording, but this is a terrific start that will really help push the ball forward. Thank you thank you thank you!
* A hearty thank you to all our RocketHub contributors:
Alice Lustig, Robert N. Downey, Conrad Cummings, Thomas Campbell Jackson and Penny Jackson, Jim O’Brien, Peter Flint, Bryan Hurley and Kerry Grennan, Euginia Paik, Steve Paik, Hooman Mehran, Jim Crystal, Douglas Hepworth, Regina Lustig, Mary E Todd, Bill and Donna Marshall, Ana Berlin, Bill Brown, John Hamilton, Douglas Gibson, Nader Naeymi-Rad, Roy Niederhoffer, Fabio Bertagnolli, Ranjit Prasad, Heidi Jerome, Joshua Komyerov, Audrey Jakab, Mitsuyo Kurihara, David Corsini, Delia Berlin, James Sutton, Brian Meece, Dennis and Anne McGivney, Michael P. Clancy, Melissa Dusenberry, Patricia Calvo, Cheryl Chalmers, Samuel Buggeln, Clifford Hart, Carlynn Houghton and Simon Pratt, Elliot Cole, Ross Jeffcoat, Steven Blier, Matt Gray, Larry Siegel, Josh Ollswang, Catherine Chalmers, Eleanor Taylor, Gregory Gerard, Danielle Steinmann, Larry Lebow, Jayce and Tiffany Bartok, Andy Akiho, Sanae Nakayama, Aleksei Stevens, Lee Streby, MC Harford, Brian Shank, Eric Kuzmuk, Brad Balliett, Kathleen Minogue, Clayton Zeller-Townson, Judy L Gurzynski-Jones, Elena Kowalsky, Richard Gurzynski, Austin Bramwell, Conrad Winslow, John W Lustig, Clarice Assad, Aleem Hossain, Thomas Flippin
We’re in the final 20 hours of our LATENCY CANONS Recording Project, and LATENCY CANONS is so extra-specially exciting that RocketHub contacted me for an interview about it, which you can read here. Find out why everyone is so excited about this project, and why the New York Times finds this piece “…entrancing…surreally beautiful…ecstatic…rapturous.” And it’s still not too late to become a part of it by contributing or by helping spread the word about LATENCY CANONS. This is a really big project and we need all the help we can get. Thank you!
This is my biggest project yet, and I need your help! It’s a gleaming, gorgeous studio recording we plan to make of my “trans-Atlantic” piece LATENCY CANONS, working with New York’s super-talented Metropolis Ensemble (Grammy-nominated and Juno-award-winning), quartet Senza Misura, and 4-time Grammy-winning producer Tim Martyn. It’s going to be stunning and transcendent!
I would so love to have you be a part of it in any way you can. And here’s a relatively easy way, helping raise a big chunk of the funds through our Rockethub crowdsourcing campaign. Please consider donating whatever you can, and/or passing it along to those you think might be interested.
The music boxes for my new piece Kryształ Muzyki are done and delivered. Phew! It’s for ensemble plus my specially made music boxes, and I wrote it while traveling in southern Poland. You can read a bit about it here.
Streaming all this week on WFMT radio Ohio, you can hear me introduce and talk about my Nissim Prize-winning orchestra composition UNSTUCK, written in response to Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 and my grandparents’ long battle with progressive dementia. Emily Freeman Brown conducts the Bowling Green Philharmonia in an Albany Records recording. Also hear Steven Bryant’s intense Loose Id, and Avner Dorman’s stunning Variations Without a Theme.