1. FInished Warning Colors for orchestra, my doctoral thesis. Many, many nights were spent finalizing the orchestration, putting it into Sibelius, and getting everything looking just right. For two weeks straight, it seemed like I never left my office. I barely saw my wife at all and commonly didn't come home before 2 or 3am after working on it all day. But, I hit that deadline. And I am very happy with the way the piece turned out. I think it is a culmination of everything I've been doing recently. It is also a starting point for future work. I tried a lot of new things in this and I am eager to continue the techniques and concepts in my current and future projects.
2. Traveled to Arizona for the premier and performances of I Wonder if My Name is Alice with the Kingfisher String Quartet and the Artifact Dance Project. I would rate these concerts among the top musical experiences of my life. Ashley Bowman choreographed the entire show, centered around the story of Alice in Wonderland with some incredible twists. My piece, The Gate, opened the second half of the show and took Alice down the rabbit hole. Watch out for video in the future. I can't wait to share this collaboration with everyone.
4. Presented Outside the Lines: an Un-Concert with Steve Bachicha and Charlie Halka at the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art. We did two nights, same concert each night. The first night was somewhat sparsely attended. However, the second night was packed. Such a great feeling. My pieces untangle my tongue and Music Box 9 were performed. Below is a video of last year's premier performance at the Orange Show. Everyone there liked it so much they asked me back for a repeat performance this year. I felt very humbled and very lucky to garner that type of response when nearly every new music performance is a one-shot. For the amount of time that is put into some of these performances, we should be getting better at doing multiple performances (see 5 Things Composers Should Do Better) Again, look for a new video of the performance soon.
Ok. That's out of the way. Start looking for blogs about my new projects, moving to China, and and other professor-ly topics. Thanks for reading.