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

Posts tagged “ensemble

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…)


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…)


2012 – Everything’s the Same Size in Texas – Year in Music

I did this last year: make a list of 12 songs for each month that really encompassed a part of the year for me.  I’m treating this, again, like a journal for myself, but if anyone reads this and has thoughts, please share them.

January was the last month of 2012 that I was in Indiana. Once February hit, I moved to Texas.  Here are the songs that had the most impact on me, may it be cerebral or otherwise. (more…)


Dudamel: Let the Children Play

Yesterday I spent $12.50 at the movie theater.  It was completely worth it, however.  I saw the documentary Dudamel: Let the Children Play. It was another fine documentary about the importance of music in young children’s lives.  For those of us that find ourselves defending music and education this documentary hit all the points we look to announce. (more…)


The Art of Performance: Traditions and Adaptations for the Classical Musician

I often forget that simply discussing music with other musicians brings me great joy.  Today I found myself discussing what makes performances successful and worthwhile in our ever-changing society and culture.  The focus we found ourselves revolving around was the performance of classical music in a small recital setting,  and what turns out to be applicable for other larger classical settings. (more…)