Excited to announce the release date of two upcoming CDs on the Bad Wolf label:
1) if this world could stop / Lindsay Kesselman, soprano
(release date December 2013!)
2) plus one / music of amy beth kirsten
(release date February 2014!)
Excited to announce a commission from the American Composers Orchestra: Orchestra Underground!
strange pilgrims will premiere in Feb. 2014 in Zankel Hall
with video by Mark DeChiazza
Am having a terrific time at the Aaron Copland House where I'm getting
some work done on the eighth blackbird piece - here until December!
Our Worlds Under Glass concert from April is now online!
Each video has accompanying pop-up window
which displays my brother's terrific artwork as well as program notes and text. Check it out here!
Very pleased and excited to announce the creation of HOWL, a new kind of performing ensemble.
Lindsay Kesselman and I are heading up this ensemble (as well as its related record label, Bad Wolf Music)
which will have its debut event in the 2014-15 season.
Also, our debut recording project is Lindsay's album
"If this world could stop" which you can read about here.
Shortly after this, a CD of my works, "speak to me," will be released. Both recording projects,
as well as the development of our first HOWL event, are currently underway and
we couldn't be more excited!
Little Alice for string quartet
will have its world premiere
on Friday, April 20, 2012 on a New World Symphony concert
curated and conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas
See the EVENTS calendar for details
Just received a 2011 Fromm Commission from
Harvard University Press Release. It will be an honor to compose a song cycle
for TwoSense (Lisa Moore, piano; and Ashley Bathgate, cello)
It's an exciting season with three world premieres on the way.
First, the incomparable Tim Munro presents his commissioned work Pirouette on a Moon Sliver
at the SONiC Festival at the Miller Theatre in NYC. Tim is a real "triple threat" as a flutist, vocalist, and actor
- and it was great fun for me to write a piece that makes use of all these talents
in a character study for a larger work for eighth blackbird.
On the same night (Oct 15) in Bowling Green, OH,
Conrad Lawrence Chu will conduct the Bowling Green Philharmonia
in the world premiere of e.t.e.r.n.i.t.y. for vocalizing orchestra.
And last but not least, Vicki Ray will present her commissioned work
(speak to me), a theatre piece for vocalizing pianist.
OHhhhh - we're gonna have some fun!
See the EVENTS calendar for details
Excited to announce my 2011 Artist Fellowship Grant
from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism.
This generous grant will fund the first CD of my works
Am quite honored to be named a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow and
recipient of a Levy Supplemental Stipend for music composition Press Release
Hear new podcast interview on No Extra Notes
Thank you to Richard Zarou for making this possible!
Alumni Residency at College of DuPage in April - More info soon
Messages to Myself - music by Chris Theofanidis, poem by me -
has its NYC premiere at Alice Tully Hall on May 13. More info coming soon.
Along with a group of amazing colleagues,
just received Honorable Mention in the eighth blackbird competition!
Top three finalists Andy Akiho, Eric Lindsay, and Kurt Rohde read more
Vicki Ray performs (speak to me)
in January and February
Newly appointed to composition faculty
of the 2011 HighSCORE Festival in Pavia, Italy
New Hall of Waters VIDEO posted from
the February premiere at Missouri's State Capitol
Newly appointed Resident Composer
for the Cadillac Moon Ensemble for the 2010-11 Season
New AUDIO posted from summer premieres
Commissioned by Missouri Verses and Voices
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra plays The Girl He Drew
2009 Composer Fellow, Norfolk New Music Workshop
2009 Composer Fellow, Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival
2009 Creative Arts Residency
at Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center
Finalist for 2008 Rome Prize in Musical Composition
2008 Composer Fellow, Composers Programme
at National Arts Centre in Ottawa, ON
"Window Seat" (poem) was selected for publication
in the 2009 Summer Edition of the
"The Shadow" (poem) was selected for publication
in the 2008 National Edition of the literary magazine
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