From September 26 to October 3, I participated in the 2015 edition of the Festival Musica in Strasbourg, France as a participant of the Academy created and overseen by my former mentor Philippe Manoury. Philippe and I go way back to my undergraduate years at UC San Diego but I hadn’t seen him since 2006. I won’t bore you with the boring details of my trip, suffice to say that I thoroughly loved Strasbourg and met some awesome locals (you know who you are 😉 ) in addition to my talented colleagues in the academy. I was able to work closely with the amazing Ensemble Linea, directed by Jean-Philippe Wurtz, who rehearsed and performed by piece OPHELIA. Her heart is a clock for ten musicians. I was also able to spend some time with Philippe and the other composer-in-residence Hanspeter Kyburz, a Swiss composer of colorful and dramatic music.
One of the best parts of the festival was being able to room and hang with my good friend Ricardo Eizirik, an amazing multimedia artist and composer whom I met at the Impuls Academy in Graz, Austria three years ago now. Since then, I’ve been able to see him and hang at music festivals in Europe and it was a pleasure and a surprise to see him at Musica.
At the final concert of the academy, I was named “Academy Laureate” and granted a commission by the festival for a new work to be premiered at next year’s festival. I am extremely honored and grateful to have been given this opportunity and I’m so stoked to return to Strasbourg.