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.
“Teacher of the Week” Interview on WREX News
So grateful that a student nominated me for “Teacher of the Week” through WREX News. Here is the interview from when they visited my school! Thanks to my students for all their hard work and for the recognition!
Here’s a great recording of Murmuration from the Northern Illinois University New Music Festival on November 1, 2017. Performers include Monica Kim (harp), Michael Lockler (flute), Claire Wright (viola), Alex Fraga (marimba), and José Piedra (vibraphone).