Soooo, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything in this space — and things have been super busy! This past June, I participated in a workshop for dance and music at the Hong Kong Modern Academy. Working closely with choreographer Elysa Wendi, I developed a short piece (performed by yours truly) called Schlachtfeld (a) in which I take some of my ideas about “fully-embodied music” (an intersection of movement, sound, and space) and flesh them out, so to speak. It was an intensely inspiring and perhaps provocative process and performance, which took place at the Goethe Institut, Hong Kong. I’ll post documentation of that experience on my Projects page soon!
This past spring I was announced as one of ten composer laureates for the first Festival Musica Academy (17 Sept – 3 Oct) in Strasbourg, France, led by my former mentor Philippe Manoury. I was given the opportunity to write a new piece for the Ensemble Linea to be workshopped and performed at the festival this coming September. Festival Musica is an international contemporary music festival that was founded in 1983 and “caters to a curious public, cultured and many, eager to get acquainted with contemporary artistic expressions in all their aesthetic and geographical diversity.” Needless to say, this will be an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to participate in a few weeks. Also, the process of composing my piece – OPHELIA. Her heart is a clock. took over most of my summer and I can safely say that it is the most ambitious piece of instrumental music I’ve yet written.
Also, in two weeks, 11 September, the amazing vocalist Rachel Calloway and violinist Ari Streisfeld (of the JACK String Quartet) will premiere my piece If only after you then me (an expansion of my previous piece, litany) at the 2015 Resonant Bodies Festival in New York City, so if you’re in the area, hit up Roulette in Brooklyn on 11 Sept at 8pm to check out what promises to be a great concert — here’s the link: http://www.resonantbodiesfestival.org/2015-festival-calendar/
I’ve some more exciting new projects to announce for 2016, so watch this space (or whatever they say).
Until next time,
I mean, it’s like, you know, whatever, dude.