Photo courtesy of Percussia’s May 2018 newsletter
This Thursday (May 17th) and Saturday (May 19th), Susan Jolles and Ingrid Gordon of Queens-based ensemble Percussia will be performing “Sacred Spirits: Forces of Nature” at the East Elmhurst and Woodhaven branches of Queens Library. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.percussia.org/.
Trumpet/Percussion Duet Consortium Announcement/Agreement
Trumpet and percussion friends: my good friends Joe Pazanowski and Matthew Pazanowski have created a consortium project for a new, two-movement duet with me as the composer! We are looking for both pre-formed trumpet and percussion duos as well as individual performers for both instruments to support the project. If you are interested or know anyone who may be looking to help support the creation of new music, please let me know! Check out the attached document for more details, and feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Thanks!
New Music Box: 2018 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award Winners Announced
I am honored to be a recipient of the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award for my berimbau song cycle, Meia (solo through sextet) from the Innova Recordings album, MeiaMeia. The response from this project and my work with Arcomusical is humbling, and to say that I am grateful would be an understatement. Thank you to everyone who has supported Arcomusical’s work along the way!
Individual pieces in the song cycle, Meia, include:
Descobertas por pau e pedra
Queda de quatro
Mudança de onda
MeiaMeia is on Innova Recordings.
Ethan Martin (core performer of Projeto Arcomusical) will be performing “um só” on his final Master’s degree recital at Northern Illinois University on Saturday, April 21st at 11 am CST. “Um só” is my solo contribution to the MeiaMeia, Arcomusical’s first album. Projeto Arcomusical will also be making a special appearance to perform “Gate of the Sphinxes” by Kyle Krause and “Repercussio” by Alexandre Lunsqui. Looking forward to sharing this music on his recital and seeing Ethan play my berimbau solo!
Next Wednesday, April 11, the University of Tennessee at Martin Contemporary Music Group will perform “Flight of a Cuckoo” on their concert entitled, “The Incessant Noise.” This concert is programmed with music that challenges social structures and demands positive change. “Flight of a Cuckoo” was a piece I composed in 2017 for the nief-norf Summer Festival inspired by my favorite book, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. Stephen Downing has done an amazing job directing the UTM ensemble, and I am very grateful for their performance!
I am delighted that two of my pieces were selected for performance at the 2018 Music By Women Festival hosted at Mississippi University for Women! Clarinetist Alexandra Hecker will be performing (1,2) for solo clarinet on Friday, March 2nd, and percussionist Alyssa Reynolds will be playing The Yellow Wallpaper for vibraphone with speaking percussionist on Thursday, March 1st. I know that they will both do an excellent job, and I am honored that my music is being performed on a festival dedicated to women in music. For more information about the festival, please click here.
After performing both Graphic Contents 1 and 2, percussionist Alex Richard asked me to create another graphic score for her that would add on to my Graphic Content Series. This is by far my favorite one to date! Her artistic influences helped shape these ideas, and I look forward to hearing what she does with this material! Photo is an excerpt of the complete graphic score. Created with a fountain pen and acrylic paints.