Constructing Thought, One Note at a Time
Musically, I am a “synthesist” - someone who is fascinated by all types of music regardless of genre or style, or whether it is narrative or abstract in nature. When I was a kid, I loved jazz and rock and later discovered classical music. But, as a composition student, I was urged by several of my teachers to specialize among my musical activities – to choose between musical theater/rock or concert music. I resisted and instead resolved to synthesize, rather than compartmentalize my creative work. I have composed music for the concert hall (small and large ensembles), and for musical theater, opera, dance, film, jazz, and rock. My thinking is constantly refreshed through collaborations, teaching activities, and new creative projects.
How’s this for a weekend’s work: scoring the launch video for the hot internet startup Wine Ring! Wine Ring has major math under the hood that makes choosing wines easy. It’s all based on what you like, not ratings, but your preferences. I had a blast working with co-founders Pam Dillon and Andrew Sussman. Oh, that’s the company musical ID I created for them at the beginning and end too!
On October 11 my new string orchestra piece Movable Home received a fantastic premiere by Artistic Director Barbara Day Turner and the San José Chamber Orchestra to kick off their 25th season. This was the 1st of the 3 performances from the commissioning consortium of San José Chamber Orchestra, Takoma Ensemble (Victoria Gau, Artistic Director) and SONYC (String Orchestra of New York, Monica Bauchwitz, Artistic Director). Next stop: February 12, 2016 at the new, ultra cool National Sawdust space in Brooklyn, New York!
Sunday night, fresh off a terrific pair of performances of Elastic Band at Georgetown’s Gonda Theatre and AMP/Strathmore, the New Orchestra of Washington, conducted by Alejandro Hernandez-Valdez, hit Omega Studios with producer Geoffrey Silver of Acis Productions at the helm. Great session, can’t wait to hear the final product! (photo: Christian Amonson)