There are times when my students teach me lessons unwittingly. Several nights ago, my youngest violin student–a kindergartener–groaned about having to play the violin that day. Whenever she is overly tired or is having an off-day for various reasons, she becomes quite vocal about questioning why she chose the violin. “But it sounds baaad,” Carissa* … More Stepping Back to Move Forward
Jhula Jhule, by Reena Esmail, for violin and piano The Blue Room, by Reena Esmail, for violin and orchestra Piano Quintet, by Reena Esmail Sinfonietta, by Daniel Eichenbaum, for string quartet and wind ensemble Myself and the resistance of wine, by Amir Sadeghi Konjani, for solo harp Hijab Initiation No. 2, by Amir Sadeghi Konjani, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: September 7, 2013
Violin Concerto, by Steven R. Gerber, for violin and orchestra Viola Concerto, by Steven R. Gerber, for viola and orchestra Sarabandoid, by Phillip Martin, for cello and piano String Quartet, by Mario Godoy
A recent blog post on The Artistic Brunette reminded me of how scattered my mind can be in the practice room. In spite of the fact that I was preparing for my junior recital this past February, I could not seem to resist irrelevant thoughts burrowing their way into my brain and popping up everywhere … More You’ve got to attack it from the root, Sakari.
Honeydew, by Mike Majkowski, for solo double bass Costume of Melancholy, by Roil, for double bass, piano, and drums Two Cornish Ladies, by Rachel Nicholas, for chamber ensemble H is for, by Rachel Nicholas, for solo piano Piano Teeth, by Rachel Nicholas, for piano, violin, viola, cello, and double bass
Many of these are from various friends’ recitals this past semester, including those of some fellow composers at Redlands. Although they are not what I’ve listened to most recently, I would like to keep track of these for journaling purposes: Turning Points, by Joan Tower, for clarinet and string quartet Head Talk, by Mark Ford, … More Cool Stuff I’m Listening To: May 5, 2013
…awesome free music and nothing less. I had to be delusional to not catch this when it first came out.