ACDA 2021 is this weekend, March 18-20. Because it is all virtual this year, I am able to participate from Warsaw, PL. My “Pie Jesu” will be part of a virtual reading session on Saturday, March 20. Perusal scores and video playlist will be up for the rest of the year, and can be found here. I will also be at a “Meet the Composer” hour from 10-11 am Central time (US) on Saturday. All of this is being hosted by MusicSpoke as part of their booth. MusicSpoke’s mission is to support living composers and their work, and I’m thrilled to be among their composers. I hope to see some of you there!
Last year, the choir I sing with here in Poland, Musica Sacra, recorded an album of all-new settings of the “Pie Jesu” text. The pieces are all quite different in tone and style, and it was an incredible experience to both compose and sing for the project. I’ve recently uploaded the recording to my SoundCloud page:
An older piece of mine, but one near and dear to my heart, has been selected by fivebyfive for their upcoming concert on April 15th. I wrote its first iteration under my professor Marti Epstein as an exercise in minimalism and indeterminacy. After a few years, I came back to the piece, expanded it, and changed it to flexible instrumentation.
For this concert, I will add another part (from piano + 3 musicians to piano + 4) to accommodate fivebyfive’s ensemble size. The evolution and flexibility of this piece since its creation inspire me to keep open/flexible instrumentation in my arsenal. I’ve never had the piece performed by the same set of instruments more than once, and each performance brings something new to my ears. I look forward to hearing fivebyfive’s interpretation next month.