2019 was quite an amazing year! I’ve set a personal record for the amount of work that I produced, which means a lot to me since balancing composing along with other work continues to be a challenge over the years. But I am embracing the journey and cherishing progress, not perfection! I completed six pieces … More What a year!
While Christopher Coppola visited the University of Redlands a few weeks back, one of the things that he mentioned in the PAH FEST kickoff was that he pushes his film students to have a very clear vision of what they want their projects to look like before they even start filming. As he talked … More Finding a Clear Vision
I had been on a bimonthly schedule for Cool Stuff, but this time around I couldn’t help but share earlier. Enjoy! Phantoms, by Natalie Moller, for saxophone quartet Bulgarity, by Annika K. Socolofsky, for saxophone quartet Sax Machine, by Joseph Prestamo, for saxophone quartet Howler Back, by Zack Browning, for saxophone quartet Speed Metal Organum … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: August 24, 2013
Recently, I’ve been inspired to write a piece for voice and a small chamber ensemble. As I was browsing the tags on this site to review some of the vocal music I’ve come across in the past couple of years, I realized that the number of vocal pieces listed is highly disproportionate to the number … More Searching for a voice. . . and chamber ensemble.
Lately I’ve been exploring the albums Draumalandið by Valgeir Sigurðsson as well as Awake by the NOW Ensemble in addition to my usual listening on Q2: Past Tundra, by Valgeir Sigurðsson and Nico Muhly, for solo viola and mixed chamber ensemble including electronics “I offer prosperity and eternal life…”, by Valgeir Sigurðsson, for mixed chamber … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: December 18, 2011
More treats from Q2: String Quartet No. 4, “Buczak”, by Philip Glass for string quartet Stabat Mater, by Arvo Part, for soprano, alto, tenor, and string trio Soul Garden, by Derek Bermel, for solo viola and string quartet Magic with Everyday Objects, by Missy Mazzoli, for mixed chamber ensemble
This morning our quartet had a masterclass with the Aiana String Quartet. Since we are continuing to study Mozart’s String Quartet No. 4 in C Major, K. 157, we decided to receive coaching on the second movement since it has been quite a challenge. Fortunately we were a lot less nervous because of our previous … More Our Masterclass with the Aiana String Quartet
This much-belated post is about the masterclass and composition readings with the Hugo Wolf Quartet on October 19th. For related posts see “Just two more days” and “One more day…PSYCHE!“ The day of the masterclass was much like the coaching session the day before. We continued to work on the first movement of Mozart’s String … More “It’s like pushing big American cars!”