October 10, 2018
It's been quite a while since my last update, though certainly not for want of things to talk about: indeed, I have several major news items to share.
First, I'd like to announce the upcoming release of my CD Imaginary Birds: Music for Oboe & English Horn on Ravello Records. All of the pieces on this CD were written or arranged for Charles Huang and Ling-Fei Kang of Oboe Duo Agosto, and it probably comes as no surprise that they all feature oboe and/or English horn. We had a great recording session this summer in Hartford with the excellent Jeff Oehler of BeeHive Productions, and the good folks at PARMA Recordings are doing a wonderful job with the mastering and artwork. Look for this release in February 2019.
Second, I'm pleased to announce that my piece On the Beach for cello and electronics, and my paper proposal "Metrical Dissonance As Signifier of the Progressive in Rock Music", have both been accepted to The College Music Society's 2019 International Conference in Belgium. I'm looking forward very much to sharing my music and thought with my colleagues.
The past 18 months have also seen performances of my music on both coasts of the United States, and in Europe and Asia as well. Right here in northern New York we had the premiere of Don't Let Your Chops Freeze, a multi-movement piece for one musician playing trumpet and piano (and more!) at the same time. Aptly described by The Arts Next Week as an "athletic...and technically demanding work" that "depicts the energy and style of five different trumpet legends", Don't Let Your Chops Freeze was written for the inimitable Gene V. Baker (whose excellent Bakery Concert series I blogged about last year). You can watch his February 2018 performance of the piece here.
Otherwise I continue to teach at the Crane School of Music, where I'm lucky enough to work with some of the most serious-minded, dedicated, and accomplished students I've ever known. I've also got several projects underway, including the February 2019 performance of a commissioned piece for flute and guitar that I'm now writing for Doug and Jill Rubio, additional premieres in Hartford and Seattle, and collaborations with performing ensembles on both coasts. Exact details on those will be posted as soon as I have them.