Last week, Justin Massey gave another great performance of “9 Rhymes” at the NASA 2018 Biennial Conference at University of Cincinnati College, Cincinnati, Ohio. He will be performing this piece a few more times this Spring in Cleveland & West Virginia.
My string quartet “I if I” was selected by Miami New Music for submission to the 2018 World Music Days in Beijing!
Thank you to everyone who shared their work as part of the Miami ISCM Chapter’s call for works for the 2018 World Music Days in Beijing. We received approximately 150 submissions and are pleased to announce that the selected works are:
Chen Yi, Spring Rain
Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie, I if I
Joshua Hey, überschatten
Liza Sobel, Pianagerie
Robert McClure, the edge of still
Ryan Carter, A Slight Shift
Congratulations to the finalists!
Check out my first blog post for the CUNY Humanities Alliance
“When we talk about programming rhythm, I ask students to start quantized (rhythmically regular), and gradually give them ideas on how to incorporate irregularity. Each student comes up with different ways of balancing and organizing these forces. When we talk about choosing software, I explain the benefits of each program, but I also ask students how they approach individuality and expression in a world where so many people are working with the exact same tools. I ask them to think about technological determinism, and how the software influences their decisions and sounds. When we talk about digital audio (really fun stuff like file formats, sampling rate, and bit depth), we compare our everyday associations with the words “analog” (lo-fi, warmth) and “digital” (hi-fi, cold, clean) with an actual technical definition: continuous or discrete. They’re surprised when I say that typewriters are digital because they have a discrete number of possible characters, and have interesting arguments against this. One student said that yes, the characters are finite, but that the way a typewrite puts ink on a page and the alignment of each line is always a little bit different.”
SUCH a great experience at VIPA 2017. I really enjoyed working with & hearing the music of some new friends, and it was an honor to have the Mivos quartet premier my piece “I if I.”
It always feels good to be understood through your music, especially by a stranger. Check out this great write-up on my violin solo by Dan Lis over on Composer’s Toolbox. Heres a few of my favorite quotes:
“Electronics do not have to be grandiose. Instead of creating very complicated setups, or walls of sound, this piece relies on a few key elements that do not enhance the piece–rather, they make the piece what it is at a core level”
“Poetry is not reserved for romantic, lush, melodic gestures. In my judgment, this piece is a series of four succinct, humble poems. They meander a bit, but in essence remain like water flowing in a stream: there is always water, but it is moving at its own pace, on its own time, always downward but never gushing”
I’m so thrilled to announce that I’ll be starting a new Fellowship through the CUNY Humanities Alliance in the Fall, where I’ll be mentored in community college pedagogy & teaching at LaGuardia CC.
“Part of a two-year fellowship program, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities Alliance Graduate Teaching Fellows represent a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds, and experiences. Working closely with faculty mentors, program staff, continuing Graduate Teaching Fellows, and students at LaGuardia Community College, this new cohort of Fellows will learn pedagogical practices adapted for teaching in community colleges while contributing their own experience and scholarly expertise to the project, the institutions, and the public.”
Check out the official announcement here!
Also exciting: just wrapped up my first string quartet, which will be premiered by the Mivos Quartet this summer at the VIPA festival in Valencia, Spain.