Thursday, July 25th, 2013
The following is from a guest blog post I made for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art‘s blog. I had the wonderful experience of curating a “sonic installation” in their galleries this last Sunday, in collaboration with the Music Academy of the West. (to see the original post on the SBMA website, complete with pictures, click here.)
Last Sunday I had the unique opportunity to curate an event at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art as part of my residency at Music Academy of the West. I chose to create a “sonic installation”, placing chamber music in various galleries and organizing it in such a way as to have 3 simultaneous performances going at any given point in time during the 2-hour event. It was a rather ambitious project but came off well, in no small part due to the inspiring music making of the 28 MAW Fellows that performed. There were several decisions that I made in the course of putting the installation together that were designed to be thought provoking beyond that which is already in the music.
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.
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