November 18, 2013
It's a rare privilege indeed to be able to announce that my oboe and English horn piece, Mandarin Ducks, will receive its twentieth performance this month. Most new works written by contemporary composers only receive a bare handful of performances (if that), and I feel deeply grateful to the ensembles who have featured my music in so many of their concerts.
Oboe Duo Agosto, the dynamic duo for whom the piece was written, will be playing Mandarin Ducks in Hamden, CT at the Hamden Library on November 19, and at the Whitney Center on November 24. See my performances page, or Oboe Duo Agosto's concert calendar, for more information.
DAS Oboe, a new ensemble of double-reed wizards who specialize in contemporary music, has also played Mandarin Ducks several times this year in Seattle. I'm very much looking forward to further collaboration with both groups, and am grateful for their advocacy of new music.
Finally, on December 3, 2013, I'll be performing in an ensemble with Pete Coco, Chris Howard, Michael Smith, Ben Wu, and the evergreen Ray Anderson in an 8:00 PM jazz concert at Stony Brook University's Staller Center Recital Hall. We'll be playing my raucous jazz tune Asegohivinchivia in its premiere performance, as well as Ray Anderson's "My Wish" and selections by Arthur Blythe and Mark Dresser.