My composerly efforts are emerging in many & varied guises this fall. Take a second to look at two Kickstarter campaigns I'm involved with presently:
(1) Nick Phillips' American Vernacular CD project. Nick commissioned ten composers and is raising funds to cover the album release. He has brought amazing effort and musical wisdom to my piece Back Porch Requiem for John Fahey --I couldn't be happier with the results, and I can't wait to hear what the other composers have cooked up. Here's a sneak-peek video of BPR, which he recently finished recording in the studio. (Those leaps are not easy.)
(2) In another wild and ambitious undertaking, the dynamic and snappily-dressed Spektral Quartet have lined up 40 composers to write extremely short pieces for use as mobile-phone ringtones. This is actually an extremely good idea, and if you aren't immediately convinced, the video over at their Mobile Miniatures Kickstarter page should do the trick.
In other news, Grant Wallace Band is teaming up with Darmstadt darlings & Chicago hard-ass new music stalwarts Ensemble Dal Niente to create a micro-musical. The premiere is January 5th, as part of a CD release show for cellist Chris Wild. The show will also feature fiddler Austin Wulliman (also rollerbladist of the aforeplugged Spektral Quartet) and soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett (Quince, Color Field Ensemble, general hilarity), with composer Eliza Brown making a special appearance on musical saw.
I'm also working on a new piece for flute & percussions for the Texas-based Peterson/Hayes Duo, and practicing some ragtime for an end that cannot yet be revealed.
10 Best of 2014
January: Wyoming and the Open
February: New Mexico and the Holes
Notes on The Accounts