Strategic Practicing: The Pomodoro Technique

After reading a post from The Crossfit Musician, I decided to try the Pomodoro Technique in attempts to make practicing more efficient. The Pomodoro Technique is a form of time management using intervals consisting of 25 minutes worth of work and 5 minutes of rest. Yesterday I used this technique to section my practicing into … More Strategic Practicing: The Pomodoro Technique

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 3, 2011

After reading the interview in this blog post, I found a piece by composer Keeril Makan written for prepared viola. It is called Mu; there is a video below. The part I find most intriguing is about halfway through, where the viola is turned into a percussion instrument. I’ve always thought that stringed instruments are … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 3, 2011

Dynamic Duos, Part I: Charly & Margaux

I’m starting this miniseries simply because I just can’t help myself. I’ve heard so much great music lately. Charly and Margaux are epic. I’ve seen several classically trained violinists in the hip-hop realm (Miri Ben-Ari, Nuttin’ But Stringz), but a VIOLIST too? So excited!!! They also have a YouTube channel featuring many of their covers, … More Dynamic Duos, Part I: Charly & Margaux

Calling All Artists: Where do you like to write/create/compose?

Over the past year, I have learned  to push myself to be a much more productive composer (with quite a long way to go, I must say–I am quite a procrastinator). Even so, “writer’s block” is often that #1 universal excuse to fall back on to not get work done. It evokes a sense of … More Calling All Artists: Where do you like to write/create/compose?

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 13, 2011

Here are the pieces that I recently heard on Q2: Before Sleep and Dreams, by Aaron Jay Kernis, for piano. Armenian Rhapsody No. 3, Alan Hovhaness, for orchestra. Anthem of the Great Spirit: Peace Dance, by Terry Riley, for string quartet. String Quartet No. 1, “White Man Sleeps,” by Kevin Volans, for string quartet. I … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 13, 2011

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 6, 2011

This week, I listened to Nadia Sirota’s program on Q2 featuring winning music from “Roma, Roma Ma,” an Italian competition. Here is some of what I heard: Gradus by Stephen Hartke, for violin, bass, bass clarinet, piano, percussion, cello. In the fall semester at the composition studio, we studied Stephen Hartke’s Wulfstan at the Millennium … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 6, 2011

Channeling my muse…not. Let’s talk about old-fasioned brainstorming!

Upon rereading and reflecting on James Sharp’s entry in the U of R Composition Studio Blog, “Balancing the Professional and the Academic,” I have finally realized one of my major obstacles to composing a work to its completion. I often write out every note that comes to me, thinking that it will solidify my ideas. … More Channeling my muse…not. Let’s talk about old-fasioned brainstorming!

You’d think I would have realized that the clock is ticking.

Usually, the start of every summer is filled with many of my ambitions: I’m going to write bazillion pieces, practice umpteen hours a day, read a multitude of books, etc, etc. Quite frankly: it never happens. Or it marginally makes the cut.  As I realized lately that I have less than six weeks of summer … More You’d think I would have realized that the clock is ticking.

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 23, 2011

Here are the latest pieces that I’ve heard and liked on Q2, an internet radio station by WQXR that is devoted to new music. Nagoya Marimbas by Steve Reich [Bob Becker, marimba; James Preiss, marimba] Concerto Bianco in C by Georgs Pelecis [Alexei Lubimov, piano; Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen: Heinrich Schiff, conductor] My Mister “Never Ending … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: July 23, 2011

It’s About Time! (Is there a such thing as catching up with my own generation?)

Welcome to my new site! It’s about time I have an internet presence that’s not-so-anonymous for once, but I’m not surprised. (Those who  know me know that I’m the type that has prided myself in not yet getting things such as a Myspace/Facebook/Twitter…it’s my own peace of mind, though I never say “never.”) I figured … More It’s About Time! (Is there a such thing as catching up with my own generation?)