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

Posts tagged “Texas

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…)

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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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Concert Reaction/Review: R. Andrew Lee – New Minimalist Music for Solo Piano

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 Imagethoroughly 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…)


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…)


Medicinal Music

Prescription #1.

My dear beautiful, beautiful, concrete, fragile, little girl, a strong woman and best friend, sadly lost her father. Richard “Dick” Geisler,Image 64, Logansport, IN, passed away Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. I remember first meeting him and the rest of Christy’s family in 2009. He was charming and loved music, and very vividly loved his children. His memory was not as strong as when he was younger, but he still had energy to play the guitar and crack a few jokes. (more…)


Musical Affirmation

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…)