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!
I had a great time visiting friends in San Diego a few weeks ago, and seeing my video at the NWEAMO Festival at SDSU. Here are a few pics:
I’m also excited to announce that I’ll be attending the VIPA festival this summer in Valencia Spain, where the Mivos Quartet will be premiering my new string quartet w/ electronics!
Some great things coming up in the next few weeks:
Saturday, March 11 : Justin Massey will be premiering my piece “9 Rhymes” for Tenor Saxophone & Electronics at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 8 conference at Bridgewater State University. We’ve been working hard on this collaboration for the past half year or so, and are really excited to share it.
Saturday, March 18 : Presentation of my video piece “Marble Words” at the NWEAMO Festival in San Diego. I’ll be heading out there next week, and am really looking forward to attending the festival and visiting some friends.
I had a great weekend hanging out with my sis in snowy D.C. and with Justin Massey & Jason Charney at the U.S. Navy Band’s International Saxophone Symposium at George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. Justin premiered a work in progress sax solo of mine, and performed Jason’s killer “Scrap Metal.” Check out this little video and a few pics from my weekend: