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Monthly Archives: February 2010

news 2/26/10


Currently in a co-residency with composer Steven Bryant at SUNY Fredonia hosted by the Rob Deemer and the Ethos New Music Society, and culminating in a performance with the Fredonia Wind Ensemble, conducted by Paula Holcomb. And tonight in Mississippi, Kawasaki University “Heartful Winds” performs Climbing Parnassus at this week’s CBDNA Southern Division Conference at [...]



Better Half just designed a set of operas up at Bard College. Two of them are new pieces, by David Little and Missy Mazzoli respectively … both of whom are incredibly nice people and total superstars right now. It goes up at Bard’s spectacular new Gehry-designed hall — a breathtaker that, what with the idyllic [...]



If you’re at a college or university right now (and I suspect most of you are), check out this list and see if your institution is on it. If it is, it looks like you have access to DRAM, a “not-for-profit resource” offering “on-demand streaming access to CD-quality audio” of all kinds of contemporary and [...]



Tomorrow I travel to the 2010 Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio. If The Snowpocalypse allows me leave at all, that is. It’s been a few years since I’ve been to TMEA; in 2007 I went to simply see for myself what I’d been only hearing about: The massive attendance. The gloriously huge [...]

news 2/9/10


This week at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio, As the scent of spring rain…, performed by Steven Davis and the 5A All-State Concert Band.

Two for two


If you’re like me (Lordy I hope not) you turn through the Sunday Arts & Leisure section with a pace that slows significantly as you move toward classical (reading a physical paper, you’ll find it after theater, film, television, and sometimes dance–but always before architecture). The dread has a lot of sources, but mostly it’s [...]

news 2/1/10


Tomorrow I start a short composer residency at the Arizona State University School of Music where conductor Stuart Sims and the ASU Wind Symphony perform Symphony No. 1, My Hands Are a City as a lecture-recital entitled “The 21st Century Symphony”.

Best … album notes?


So very many categories. It takes me something like 5 complete minutes to scroll down the list of winners (“Best Zydeco Album”? Really?) to see if LA-ex-pat Aussie and big band rock star Tim Davies won for his track Counting to Infinity off his recent Dialmentia album. Nope. Not surprised. Way too interesting. But the [...]