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…)
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…)
What can one do?
Everyone reacts to tragedy differently. There is grief, reflection, sometimes anger, sometimes hope, resolution or populating possible solutions for prevention, etc.
Everyone has opinions. Everyone has something to say. Many people feel they need to say something. Many people express their feelings in different ways.
They yell. They type. They write. They sing. They fight. They love. They analyze.
I have opinions and ideas that might make for a safer, more logical, more communal, and more loving world. But, I choose to share those, if at all, in different ways. I prefer music. (more…)
At the beginning of 2015, I moved to New York City to pursue music and live with two of my best friends. I discovered so much great music that has made a distinct impact on how I create and listen.
Here are my 2015 favorites.
This summer, in Valdeblore, France, I wrote a trio. The cellist, clarinetist, and pianist brought it to life and made it absolutely beautiful. It was a summer of validation, of friendship, and new musical influences. (more…)
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…)
Music and how it connects us with people and memories is always fascinating. I’m never bored talking about it.
I had the lovely experience of attending a great friend’s wedding this past weekend in Indiana. I have a story that this post will revolve around, but first a bit about the lovely couple. L’Adam Lance L’Hendrickson is talented musician I met in college in a hodgepodge of guitar playing for overly flashy songs that never once made it onto my iTunes playlist.
Immediately I knew he was talented, but more so I knew that we’d get along just fine. Through many a beer and fewer whiskey nights, we talked music, theories, made fun of the townspeople that insulated our time in college, and generally provoked many a mild hootenany.