Had such a great experience at GAMMA-UT this weekend, and met so many fantastic musicians from around the country. The paper sessions as well as the concert were all great--I have so much to digest now--good stuff, of course. The Bel Cuore Quartet's performance was amazing. I think I'm the happiest composer in the world.
Zeitgeist was amazing. They are very professional, and are certainly enjoyable to work with. They presented four pieces tonight with such musicianship and high degree of ensemble playing! It is very exciting to hear active contemporary music playing outside of school!
The storm (thunder and rain and snow) was getting really bad on my way back to the motel, hope that it'll clear up by tomorrow!
I am on the road again! I am really looking forwards to Zeitgeist's and Bel Cuore Quartet's performances this week! I'm staying at a motel now, and am about 180 miles away from Zeitgeist's Studio Z. I just received Bel Cuore Quartet's reading on my Saxophone Quartet (2009), and it was fantastic! Life is obviously treating me very well at this moment, except that my homework and project loads might kill me when I get back.
There was this classic music technology panic tonight at the performance of my Awakening for trombone and live electronics (2010). Well, first of all, the freeverb~ object was not recognized at all. Then, there was this long sustained tone that wasn't supposed to be there. I was so glad that after two cues of events, it cut off... but nonetheless, I don't think anyone noticed, and that sustained tone actually fit the context. I was so afraid that it wouldn't cut off - in that case, I would have to "X" kill it... Anyways, it was a great concert, with the great trombonist - Kevin Fairbairn!
Having been so inspired, I just finished an electroacoustic piece: Katachi I for fixed media (2011). I have been processing these sounds, and now I finally get to use them! Guess what sounds I used? (Program notes will be posted soon!)
I recently came across a blog entry about the benefits of music in schools. This is pretty interesting and persuasive, and under each "benefit" are these links to other more detailed articles.
The topic of the article is "20 Important Benefits of Music In Our Schools". You can review the article here.
March has been absolutely exhausting and relaxing at the same time. My spring break was great--I stayed home and didn't do much. I did start my new piece though (more details to come later). My thesis is totally done. Now, I am still waiting for schools--I was accepted by UNT few days ago.
So many travels are ahead of me: Zeitgeist performance (which I just found out), the long waited GAMMA-UT and visiting UMKC...