Wednesday, December 19th, 2012
Here it is, the last Popper Etude. The big four-zero. A project that was supposed to take 40 weeks and only be seen by a handful of friends has turned into a three and a half year journey with more support and musical rewards than I ever could have imagined. The question now: What’s next?
Friday, June 3rd, 2011
If JACK Quartet is playing Georg Friedrich Haas’ String Quartet no. 3 “In iij. Noct” anywhere within a six-hour drive from your location, this is something that should not be missed. In early May, the Quartet (JACK is John, Ari, Chris, and Kevin) joined me out in Seattle to perform on my chamber music series, TownMusic. For the concert we continued this season’s composer/performer theme, and had several works by members of the quartet played along with pieces that have inspired them – such as Ligeti’s Second String Quartet and Xenakis’ Tetras. I was lucky enough to join them and premiere Ari’s arrangement of five-voice madrigals by 16th Century composer Gesualdo. As expected, the concert was dynamic, powerful, and even polarizing. I’ve seen the group perform several times in the last couple of years, and from the first minute I knew they had something unique.
Monday, December 6th, 2010
Ever wonder how a classically trained musician from a conservatory background handles the day-to-day of being a self-employed businessperson?
So do I.
Saturday, October 16th, 2010
Note: The following is a reformatted version of a presentation I gave at TEDxRainier on 10/10/10. Since giving this speech, the YouTube Symphony has announced their next event. It will be in Sydney, Australia, in March 2011. I have also recorded an invitation to audition for this exciting event.
Monday, August 16th, 2010
This is one of the most difficult challenges I’ve set before myself. And therefore, one of the most compelling. Having just posted Popper no. 25 last week, 15 more to go seems doable. The most difficult part of the Popper Project is the goal to post one a week. Still, each etude presents unique demands that make the endless pursuit of perfection rewarding and fun (as well as… endless).
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