January 25, 2016
A belated Happy New Year to all! 2015 turned out to be a wild year that took me from coast to coast. My appearance on Jeopardy! in July was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, from which I'm pleased to have emerged with some measure of success -- and a chance to talk briefly about Lester Bowie, the great trumpeter who was so wonderfully kind to me when I met him as a teenager.
Meanwhile, 2016 is shaping up to be an equally active year. First off, I'm pleased to announce that I've joined the faculty of the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam, where I'll be a Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Theory for the Spring 2016 semester. It's a lovely and welcoming place with extremely talented and dedicated students, and I'm very much looking forward to our work together.
This July, I'll also be serving on the faculty of the Cape Cod New Music Festival, where I'll be teaching analysis as part of their Symposium for young composers. I have also received a commission from the festival for a saxophone quartet, to be premiered by the terrific Asylum Quartet. More details on that as summer approaches.
More new compositions are on the horizon, including a percussion duo commissioned by two colleagues from the nief-norf Summer Festival, where I had a stimulating and productive time last summer. And speaking of nief-norf, the piece I wrote for the 2015 festival, Trefoil, was recently selected by the Ohio University New Music Ensemble in their call for scores, and was performed in November at the OU School of Music.
With two other commissions in the planning stages, and several other things afoot besides, I have a great deal of music to write in the coming months -- a prospect I eagerly await!