My thoughts and out loud thoughts on composition, performance, and many things musical.

Posts tagged “concert

Zodiac Festival & Validation

This was the second year I was accepted into the Zodiac Music Academy & Festival as a composer fellow. It was a tremendous trip. I learned so much about myself, my music, and what can be accomplished in various communal endeavors.

I learned a lot more about composition and how it may or may not affect emotions. You can read about that here. I made new friends, and as a result have the honor and privilege to be writing some music for beautiful people, who are immensely talented.  (more…)


Clarity & Community

I wrote a piece of music. It was for a group of people, all of whom were very talented and lovely affable people. The end product and final performance was so great, and the short journey to that working up that performance was tightly compacted. I am grateful for their musicianship, but I learned a few a things along the way that I will be more aware of moving forward. (more…)


Nouveau Classical Project: Sacred Profane

Nouveau Classical Project: Sacred Profane

A great concert, and why it’s great that they’re great.

Thursday, April 9, 2015, 8PM Flamboyán Theater

I have been a fan of the Nouveau Classical Project from afar for a while now. (Now I live in the same city, so I’m a fan up close.) They are an ensemble that plays wonderful classical and contemporary music (really, they just play good music) and incorporate fashion and beautiful aesthetic approaches to their shows. But I’m going to talk about why it’s great that they’re great, later. (more…)


Coffee shop playing, but with wine.

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…)


Album Review: Ryan Brewer’s “Trails”

Certainty.

If I had to pick one word to describe Ryan Brewer‘s music on his album Trails it would be “certainty.”

It is that all at once he is so certain about what he has to say and how he is going to say it, while simultaneously expressing bouts of uncertainty. If you are reading this, I hope my review will encourage you to try his music out–it moves you intellectually, emotionally, and physically. The following are my thoughts on what I am certain is a collection of fantastic music.

Summary Overview:
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Musical Integrity

If you are going to do anything, say anything, be anything, why would you not uphold integrity to the highest standard? If you’re a creator, a musician, an artist, a performer, you should want to represent what you stand for, boldly and accurately, right?

You have your words, and you have your limbs.

Use them wisely.

ACT I

Watch ‘at musical integrity:

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2013 – Late to the Game, So Much Great Music – Year in Music

This is always fun. Here are my 12 favorite artists/album/songs/pieces of music that have helped define 2013 for me.

Another year in Texas, the first full one, I’ve learned a lot. I’ve found I’m good at other things, my interests have changed dramatically, and I bought a violin. I cannot play it well. So, that.

1. Gabriel Kahane makes my list every year. Or every day. Everything, really. I had devoured his Craiglistlieder song cycle, February House musicaland his second album Where Are the Arms, among other gems along the way. I only THIS year listened to his FIRST self-titled album, from 2008. **head.desk.** (more…)