Once again, for the end of 2014, I’d like to make note of some of my favorite music that will leave a very important mark in my life.
The following, in no particular order, are musicians/albums/songs/pieces from 2014 that I would encourage others to try out.
I am sitting here in my room, before my monitor and keyboard writing for concert band. There is a disheveled pile of paper with thematic notes I can’t understand, underneath old coffee. I wrote the damn notes… As I take a break from trying to make sure I don’t anger my flute and piccolo players for whom I’m writing a whole lot of movement, I have become suddenly grateful for the music communities with which I associate myself. (more…)
15 February 2014, I traveled into Austin, TX to see a concert at the Ballet Austin Academy. One of new music for piano, I was thoroughly impressed. Pianist R. Andrew Lee put on an impressive and thought-provoking performance, and left me syphoning through my own emotions and reactions to the sounds he produced.
The point is: he rocked.
In a time where the bell curve of new music’s popularity is favorable more and more, Andrew Lee gave us all another reason to open ourselves up to good music. I am such a late-bloomer when it comes to opening my ears to the macro-genre of “new music.” In college, I could not wait to be done listening to Pärt, Cage, Schoenberg (yes, not a minimalist, but in college he fell under my “WTF” category as well) or others who seemingly “threw” notes on a page, and called it music. (more…)
Today was one of those days where I received the support that solidifies any doubts I may have had. I should state, first, that I am quite humble when it comes to talking about my musical abilities and drive. Humility is a suit best worn all year long.
I am confident in what I do, but rarely will I acknowledge that out loud. That’s not my style.
So to backtrack, this past weekend I met the man who will record and produce my album. He’s a perfect fit. Musically, technically, and mentally he’s the missing piece. (more…)