2. Dog, cat, or goldfish?
Cat. My fiancee's cat Frankie has turned me into a feline devotee.
3. Would you rather…Star in Saved by The Bell or Star in Boy Meets World?
I guess I would say Saved By The Bell, though I wasn't a big fan of either shows growing up (I was too nerdy and only watched the Discovery and History channels)
4. You’re trapped on an island. There is one electrical outlet connected to a boombox from 1992. When you were stranded here you only had time to save one cassette out of collection of singles. What is the one pop song you will listen to for the rest of your life?
To be true to your premise, I'll say "The Beautiful Ones" by Prince. But, if I were actually in this situation, I'd save Slayer's "Raining Blood", which isn't really a 'pop' song.
5. Who are 3 composers from the past -AND- 3 of your own generation whose music you respect, enjoy, inspires you, etc…
Past: Antonio Vivaldi, Erik Satie, Poul Ruders
Present: Alex Temple, Claire Jordan, Michael Schachter
Kharybdis (2013) is a piece for full orchestra. For me, to write for orchestra is a little bit scary. And yet, when I was doing it with my dissertation two years ago, I loved it. Garrett certainly has control over the sounds of the orchestra. I think it is a solid work and fits well in to the concert opener position that all new orchestra pieces are apparently relegated to for the rest of time. In 100 years there will be no concertos or symphonies to fill up the rest. Its all 8 minute concert openers. That's another rant altogether.
This piece is solid but it didn't have something that truly caught my ear until the last minute. The tremolo build up in the strings with repeated notes in the trumpets and other winds. That was the absolute coolest part for me. And then it ended so quickly. When I was listening I wasn't paying attention to the time of the piece. I was surprised that it was over. The ending seems very abrupt. Maybe it isn't. Maybe it just seems that way to me because I wanted the repeated note stuff to go on and develop for longer.
Continent's End (2009) is a chamber concerto for violin and seven winds. I remember hearing this piece live at Rice with Tema Watstein on violin.
Opening Batman theme aside, I really enjoy this piece. The fast second movement is very exciting and brings some nice colors out of the ensemble at the same time. The microtonal interludes are very nice. But, again, I think the piece ends too quickly. I wanted more from the second movement. Not too much more but a little more.
The orchestra piece left me wanting more and unsatisfied because of it. This piece left me wanting more but, still satisfied with what I had received. What is the difference? What made the second work give me that good feeling and not the first? For instance (WARNING: baseball analogy) when a batter misses a home run by inches but still comes up with a double and drives in two runs VERSUS a batter misses a home run by inches and it gets caught and ends the inning. "oh man, so close..."