Sometimes parenting takes over, and that’s more than ok. In 2018 we had our third child, who is now almost two. Somedays, I think we will sleep again in the near future.
It’s 2020 and the world is on fire. I am finally updating my website and getting back to some creative projects to chase in between our busy lives. Here’s the update:
I had the pleasure of writing a #45miniature for pianist Nick Phillips. What a fun project! I have never written anything political before but I felt that this presidency was ripe with comedic moments so I picked some favorite quotes of the time and used them as text for my piano and speaking pianist work. Disclaimer: the piece works best with a friend that can yell something from offstage. Nick premiered it at the Center for New Music in San Francisco on November 22, 2019.
Here is the score video on my YouTube channel (the recording is from the premiere):
In February of 2020, through some funding from the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo, in collaboration with the Kalamazoo College Music Department and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, I managed to bring together the prepared toy piano duo, Chromic. The group is comprised of Dorothy Chan and Lucy Yao, who put together a wonderful program of improvisations based on the paintings in the gallery by David Park and other current contemporary arrangements and works by myself, and some other New York artists. A full write up from WMUK 102.1 can be heard here. The full program was live streamed from the gallery and can be found here:
The piece I composed for the group, “What’s on Your Mind,” can be heard, as an excerpt from the full concert, here:
Although, like many creatives, a few projects and performances were cancelled, I am super stoked about an upcoming CD release from new music group Some Assembly Required. Through their Patreon and a Kickstarter campaign, they funded the creation and soon-to-be-released premiere album featuring a bunch of cool composers specifically commissioned for the project, including a work by be.
Probably one of my favorite works to date, “Click Here!” was composed for the SAR core group (piano, horn, trombone) and the additions of clarinet and bassoon. Everyone (except the pianist) have speaking parts and I just recently heard the final mix and I wish I could share it with you all, but alas, I cannot.
So follow them on Facebook or wherever and look for more updates on where to buy or stream this album!
Thanks for reading.