So happy to announce I've been awarded funding from The Boston Foundation for a Live Arts Boston grant! Can't wait to make music with a new group in this great city. Read about it here from The Boston Globe.
Chris Jones and I became friends pretty much right away. Shortly after we met, Chris lost his dad, and a little while after that I lost my grandfather. A lot of our early bonding was over coffee or beers and talking about these guys that left too soon. A while later, Chris asked me to write a drum solo for his DMA recital at Eastman. I wanted it to groove and be fun to play, but I also wanted it to be calm, allow the space for meditation, and pay homage to these guys we love. Which led me to focus on the breath. Which led me to life, and then death when that same breath eventually runs out but maybe also continues in other ways, which led me to several contemplative walks, which led me to this poem by Adelaide Crapsey that literally showed up beneath my feet on a really creative slab of sidewalk in Rochester, NY:
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts
The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees,
Chris, thanks for your friendship, for believing in my music enough to commission this piece, and for performing Rust so beautifully.
My new piece for solo percussion & electronics is out now. Check out Chris Jones rocking amplified bass drum, tam-tam, and live looping. Score available in the composition store.
Recording by Michael Sherman of Mobile Audio Productions.
Great time presenting at PASIC! In my clinic, we chatted Injury Prevention & Performance Enhancement for Musicians and everybody got up and moving. For further reading, and to try out some of the stretches and exercises, download the PDF of my handout.
I'm officially in Boston and excited to begin my new gig in the Entrepreneurship Department at the New England Conservatory.
The Mizzou International Composers Festival with Alarm Will Sound is complete, as is my time at the University of Missouri as Managing Director of the festival. Thanks to my new friends in Columbia and beyond for making my time there so special.
Sharing marimba music with patients and their families at the Ellis Cancer Center was an incredible experience. I played a little Bach and a little Trevino. We discovered a patient super star who's pretty good at marimba too. Thanks to Rebecca McDaniel for joining me!