Sunday, March 20, 2011

Had a gig last night...

CD is now available (mp3 downloads too)

Soon it will be on iTunes, Amazon, etc. as well...

The live performances were great, and quite eclectic - first was some percussion/electronics improv (Stuart Gerber and Craig Dongoski), then a reed trio (Morningside Chamber Musicians), then a prog/fusion/rock band (Gravity Machine). Then we played my CD and hung out. A good number of Atlanta composers were in attendance, and I think that the setting (Kavarna) was great for music-making and for chatting (we see each other at concerts, but there was more time to hang last night).

Major recurring topics: we need to do more artsy-eclectic shows like this one, we need to bring more people into the composerly alt-classical circle, and we need to get the audience that we know is around town to actually come to gigs (especially free ones!) Another ongoing project...

Monday, March 7, 2011

Spring Break = Update

In the past month since I last posted, I've been busy with school. The biggest event was February 19-21, when my friends Cerberus Percussion Group came down to Gainesville to play two shows. The first took place at a local bar called The Laboratory; my new group FLIP opened with a set of laptop improv. I do have a recording of FLIP, which I'll take an excerpt and post at some point. Cerberus of course played Pachamama - the fourth time they performed it. Cerberus is going to put it aside for the time being, but the GSU Percussion Ensemble, led by Stuart Gerber, will be performing it on April 5.

On February 21, Cerberus performed at UF for the portrait concert of our guest composer Mark Applebaum. I was in charge of curating the concert, which included a dozen of Mark's pieces. Cerberus played his percussion duo Go, Dog. Go! and his trio Catfish. Mark played some jazz piano, we presented a few of his tape pieces (including the hilarious Pre-Composition. UF students performed a piece for carillon, piano six-hands, 3 conductors (and no players), and some improv pieces such as 48 Objects and The Metaphysics of Notation. Below is a cool video documentary about the latter:

There's No Sound In My Head from lateral on Vimeo.

As for my own music, I am working on a multi-percussion solo (with an emphasis on glockenspiel) for Trevor Saint. It was originally conceived as a piece for glock and tape, but I just keep finding that I have no ideas for "tape," nor do I have a real desire to write for tape right now. Someday, perhaps.

My work is definitely in experimental mode right now; not much "finished product" that I'm extremely pleased with, but exercises that I'm confident will lead somewhere, eventually!