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CityBeat Talks With Composers of “Parallels” Project

Anne Arenstein recently interviewed all composers involved in the “Parallels” project, a set of five commissions by composers from the US and Poland. Two performances will be held – one in Cincinnati, OH, and one in Warsaw, Poland. It was a pleasure corresponding with Ms. Arenstein, as she asked thoughtful questions about my work and my piece, and put together a wonderful article. You can read the article in full here.

“Blood Garnet”, performed by Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra

Happy fall! The blog has been quiet but lots of things are currently in the works for the 2018-2019 season.

I’d love to share a recent performance of my first orchestral work, “Blood Garnet”. I wrote this in between my undergraduate and graduate degrees, and while I am still happy with many of the musical ideas, the orchestration itself is very “First Piece for Orchestra”. There’s nothing like hearing your own human-played orchestral music to show you exactly what did and didn’t work, technically speaking!

Regardless, Thomas Cunningham and the orchestra did a lovely job with the piece, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to hear my own orchestral music live.

Bell Weaving

Recently, I was fortunate enough to have a piece of mine for fixed media included in an “Etno-Electro” concert here in Warsaw.

The concert focused on pieces that integrate electronics with ethnic and/or folk music. Ethnic/folk music ranged from traditional Polish singing to gamelan ensemble. My piece combined a field recording I did of church bells and birds in Berlin with recordings from Sharon Williams’ “Public Drum Project”.

More information is located here (unfortunately only in Polish) if you are interested in learning more about the concept.