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

Posts tagged “violin

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…)

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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…)


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…)


What Does Music Mean to You? – Art Campaign

I want to finally share what is in my art collection — and why you should support the arts.

I have been fortunate enough to be able to financially afford this sort of thing, so I have been commissioning works of art.

The following are 4 commissioned pieces of art from artists I knew. The premise was that the artists would make whatever they wanted as long as they were responding to the question, “What does music mean to me?” (more…)


What Music Changed You?

I’d like to make this post an interactive one. I’ll explain the music that made a significant change in my life, and I’d like to hear yours. Comment below this post, or even in an e-mail (musicjoeyoung@gmail.com).

What Music Changed You?

I have two major answers to the question: one band changed entirely what I consider “good” music to be, and another composer saved me. (more…)


O’Pioneering.

We accept the success we think we deserve.

Boy, am I going to live up to that.

As it would happen I spent another 4 days in NYC. This time it was upon gracious invitation of Eli Zoller, to play for his show.  I arrived 2 days prior to the shindig, having never heard his music. (more…)


Texas, an album, & a finished? string quintet

I have arrived to Texas. And it has only been GREAT so far. Here’s what I’ve accomplished:

1. Spent necessary, great time with a necessary, great person.

2. Recorded some new things and as a result have the final lineup for my forthcoming full-length album. (Planning stages)

3. Designed the booklet for aforementioned album.

4. OFFICIALLY FINISHED my string quartet, “A Man’s Will to a Woman.”  The music, lyrics, and edits are ALL FINISHED. Nope. That’s not true. (more…)