It seems like the only times I've written on this blog is to update on changes made to the website. Don't worry, though; that's going to change! In the meantime, here is one more post on just some of the news that's happening this summer:
Now for the big music-related project:
This summer, I'll be collaborating with Matthew Gibson (a DMA performance major in double bass at Michigan State University) on a newly-commissioned Concerto for Double Bass and Chamber Winds! I'm really excited to begin working on this new project and add a brand-new piece to the instrument's solo repertoire, which spans back to the Classical period. Matt and I have talked about some details already (instrumentation, duration, style, and all that), but there's more waiting to be discovered that we'll be beginning to explore soon.
With that in mind, I've decided to start a blog series on the concerto as I write the piece this summer. Discussions will be anywhere from progress on the concerto to brainstorming new ideas, answering questions about the piece itself, working out any particularly tricky scenarios that may come up, and so on. New posts will appear daily to weekly, depending on my progress and how much I'm able to write in a given time period. The first post will appear sometime this week or next week as an introduction to the series. Newer posts will appear later after that, occurring on a much more regular basis.
As far as the concerto goes, there will also be a piano reduction made available that I'll be creating over the summer.
That's pretty much it for now. Be on the lookout for the first post in my new blog series soon! Time for some score-studying (and maybe a glass of wine...)
Finally, I've upgraded my workstation!! Beforehand, I've composed all of my works through computer keyboard alone (with the occasional sketch written down or coming from my mind). However, included now is a full-size weighted keyboard with MIDI capabilities, giving me the opportunity to connect a computer to it, run notation software, and write music directly from the keyboard!! This helps to make the process go much quicker and efficiently.
At least, when Mallory doesn't decide she wants to play a little number on the keyboard.
I would share the audio of the piece she played, called "Kitty Kibbles," but she holds all the copyright.
With summer in full swing, I thought it best to keep all of you updated on my current whereabouts:
And now, here is a picture of my cat, who refuses to let me score-study -
Look at that sassy face. She loves the attention.
The other cat disagrees -
Well...... Maybe she just wants all the attention too.
UPDATE: This consortium is now closed. More details to follow on the upcoming duet. Thank you to those who are participating in the project!