Rose Hutchins and Ballet Bloom Project to Present “The Shape of Relativity,” Featuring “um só” and “Apenas seja”

This Friday, the Ballet Bloom Project of Portland, Maine, will present “The Shape of Relativity.” Choreographed by Rose Hutchins, “The Shape of Relativity” features two of my berimbau compositions from Meia: A Song Cycle for Berimbau, including “um só” and “Apenas seja.” The performance will also include a Q&A/mingle with the artists following the performance.

If you find yourself near Congress Square Park in Portland this Friday, please support Hutchins and her incredible organization! Details for the event can be found here.

Kevin Keith to premiere “Familiar” on May 11 at University of Denver

Kevin Keith recently led a consortium to commission “Familiar,” a solo piece I wrote for multiple percussion with speaking text. Today, Keith will be premiering this piece on his recital, “Home,” at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Denver. Looking forward to seeing Keith and all the consortium members welcome this new piece into their own performance homes!

Consortium Announcement – “Familiar”

CALLING ALL PERCUSSIONISTS!!!!! My friend and colleague, Kevin Keith, is leading a consortium for a new work that I am composing for solo multiple and speaking percussion. The work, “Familiar,” is an intimate storytelling experience about how the idea of “home” changes over time. If you know any percussionist who is looking for a new addition to their solo repertoire, please share this announcement with them. The consortium closes on May 1, so we have just about two weeks to get the word out. Thank you so much!

Guest Clinician at the 2019 CT Day of Percussion – April 27

Photo Credit: Robert Villanova

In two weeks, I will be presenting a clinic at the 2019 Connecticut Day of Percussion! The clinic will include an introduction to the berimbau, its context in capoeira and the music of Naná Vasconcelos, the berimbau in Projeto Arcomusical, and hands-on activities that focus on building chamber music skills. Hope to see you then!

Arizona State University to Premiere “Splintered Light” for Orchestra on March 31

Courtesy of ASU Symphony Orchestra

I am honored to have the premiere of my first piece for orchestra this Sunday, March 31st at Arizona State University. Dr. Jefferey Meyer and the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra will perform “Splintered Light” as the opening work on their concert. Not only will my piece be premiered, but I will also be performing the premiere of Elliot Cole‘s “Roda Grande” for Projeto Arcomusical and orchestra! It will certainly be a day to celebrate as both a composer and performer. Here are the program notes for my new work for orchestra:

“Splintered Light” is a nickname for the natural phenomenon that describes the Sun’s rays breaking through clouds and creating pillars of light. I imagine the rays containing so much potential energy that they overwhelm the clouds, and light beams through. This piece is my interpretation of the splintered light that manages to shine through at the cloudiest of times.

Please click here for more information about the concert.

On top of our activities at Arizona State University, Projeto Arcomusical will also be working this week at Scottsdale Community College, Basha High School, Northern Arizona University, and the Musical Instrument Museum-MIM. We look forward to the upcoming workshops and performances this week!

Video Release of “Ondulação”

I am elated to finally share the video of my berimbau trio, “Ondulação,” which will be featured on Projeto Arcomusical’s new album! Our album, Spinning in the Wheel, includes new works by Elliot Cole, Greg Beyer, Kyle Flens, and myself. This is one of the many gorgeous videos that accompany the album, shot for us by Four/Ten Media. Not only do I believe that the videos offer a visual complement to the music, but Four/Ten was able to capture the joy that we have when we all play music together in Projeto Arcomusical, and I cherish that very much.

For more information about Spinning in the Wheel, or to order a pre-release copy, please click here. Spinning in the Wheel officially releases on March 8th on National Sawdust Tracks! Hope you can make it to one of our three album release shows:

March 7th – Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL

March 10 – National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY

March 17th – Constellation, Chicago, IL