I may have been in the slow lane lately, but I’m still on the freeway!

William Bolcom and Joan Morris signed my cast!!! It was discarded about a week later in surgery though. 😦 I’m sure that by now, you’ve noticed that I haven’t posted in almost a month in spite of promising a few special features (a new miniseries, the Loewe Symposium with William Bolcom and Joan Morris), so … More I may have been in the slow lane lately, but I’m still on the freeway!

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 28, 2012

Every Lover is a Warrior, by Kati Agocs, for harp Suite for Cello and Harp, by Lou Harrison, for cello and harp Night Time, by Sebastian Currier, for harp and violin The Mask, by William Bolcom, for SATB choir and piano. William Bolcom will be coming to the University of Redlands March 5th-1oth for the Frederick … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: January 28, 2012

“It’s like pushing big American cars!”

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!”

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: November 20, 2011

This week’s edition features selections from a few recent concerts and recitals at U of R: Et la bête, by Natalie Moller, for solo violin Verisimilitude, by Natalie Moller, for 2 sopranos, flute, clarinet, flugelhorn, horn, violin, contrabass Clytemnestra and Agamemnon Take a Dirigible to the Adirondacks, by Blake Van Vliet, for percussion ensemble Samba … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: November 20, 2011

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 29, 2011

This week’s selection features pieces from the U of R New Music Ensemble concert (total awesomeness!) as well as the repertoire from the Composition Studio’s upcoming listening exam: Ghost Opera, by Tan Dun, for string quartet Duo pour violon et violoncelle, Op. 7, by Zoltan Kodály Piano Trio, by Jennifer Higdon, for violin, cello, and … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 29, 2011

Just two more days…

…until the masterclass and readings! It’s such a relief to have my composition ready for Wednesday. I finished writing and doing major editing to the quartet piece yesterday, and I made a few minor fixes today after meeting with Dr. Suter. Just thinking of the warm paper sliding out of the mouth of the printer … More Just two more days…

Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 17, 2011

Yesterday I attended a flute recital at U of R given by Paul Edmund-Davies. He gave quite a charismatic performance; the entire program was a treat! Here are the pieces from the program: The first three numbers were flute and piano sonatas written by Giuseppi Rabboni (the piano part was composed by Roger Vignoles). Sonata … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: October 17, 2011

Updates: Practice, Studies, and Composition–September 7, 2011

I’ve finally got a hold of the scores Lollapalooza by John Adams as well as A Boy and a Girl by Eric Whitacre–yay. I’m looking forward to studying those as soon as I find the time to do so. In the Composition Studio, we’ll also be studying Vox Balaenae by George Crumb, so with those … More Updates: Practice, Studies, and Composition–September 7, 2011

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.