I’m just back from a month of camping on my land in VT, and I’m in the midst of trying to catch up with lots of email and paperwork and all that, but luckily I came across this really excellent piece by Monolake (Rob Henke), called layering buddha, which is keeping me calm and happy even as I try to figure out how to pay the bills!
My Heart Is Trembling on 60×60 compilation
Rob Voisey has put together a project where sixty wildly varied composers write one-minute pieces that are released on CD. My contribution to the project is called My Heart Is Trembling, which is also assigned to 30 July in my Book of Days project. You can download the CD from iTunes, or from CD Baby.
Sequenza 21 review of Far-Off Country
Nice review of the CD here.
another nice Far-Off Country review
this one from the Boston Globe
Dollhouse at Edinburgh Festival
Mabou Mines Dollhouse continues its worldwide tour at the Edinburgh Festival 24-28 August 2007. Go here for more information.
new piece uploaded
It Happens Like This was written for cello and actor for a celebration of the poet James Tate at the Guggenheim Museum last fall. I’ve made a publishing page for the piece where you can download the score and listen to a demo. If you want to play it on an instrument other than cello, please let me know, and we can figure out an adaptation.
“I will not be sad in this world” reprised
The piece I wrote for Marya Martin’s Flutebook for the 21st Century will be played again by Marya at the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival on Sunday August 5th at 6:30 pm. She played it very beautifully at the premiere this spring, so it will be great to hear her do it again.
Here’s the link for more information about the concert, and here’s a link to Sahan Arzruni’s review of the piece.
here’s a link to a demo where I am singing the flute part:
NYTimes review of St. Luke’s concert
the review itself is merely descriptive, but the photo is nice! here’s the link…
Not Worth just released on Koch by Sequitur
now I have yet another Koch release, this on a compilation of some of Sequitur’s cabaret songs on themes of money, sex, and politics… my piece is the opener to the CD: it’s called Not Worth, and the text is by my man Confucius.
here’s the link to the Amazon shopping page:
far-off country gets a nice review at allmusic
Dollhouse in Singapore
Mabou Mines Dollhouse continues its worldwide tour at the Singapore Arts Festival 21-23 June 2007. Go here for more information.
playing and talking about Sang at the Merc
On Tuesday 26 June at 6:30 pm, I’m going to play a recording of Sang, my big choral piece that premiered in LA earlier in June, and talk about the texts, from the 10th century epic Shahnameh, or Book of Kings, by Ferdowsi, and additional Biblical texts in Hebrew and Greek. We will also have an informal conversation about intercultural collaboration, and the intersections of Persian and Western traditions of music-making. The Mercantile Library is at 17 E. 47th Street, and admission is free. Here’s some more information.
Cave: for spoken voice, mixed ensemble and playback
Cave was commissioned by the St. Louis ensemble Synchronia for a program investigating the theme of America in Y2K. The text is by Eileen Myles. It is the third piece in the last year I have been asked to write on this subject*, and Iâ€™m noticing that I know less about the meaning of the millennium, or the future in general, the more Iâ€™m asked to write pieces about it. I have, however, had several excellent conversations about souls with Ansel Elgort, who is six, while Iâ€™ve been writing this piece, so I dedicate it to him with love and thanks for his friendship.
Cave is part of my ongoing project A Book of Days. Please visitÂ July 3rdÂ to hear a recording.
The piece was originally made for flute, clarinet, violin, cello, keyboard (or piano and vibes), spoken voice, and electronics. There is also an optional video by Clifton Taylor.
Here is a score of the piece, and here’s a set of parts. I’m open to you adapting it for your ensemble; let me know what you have in mind. If you wish to use the original DX7 patch, download this zip file of the patch in various formats that may be useful for re-creating the patch.
I will send you the pre-recorded track when you order the piece by clicking the paypal button below.
Sang gets a nice review in the LA Times
here’s the link to the LA Times review online, and here’s a scan of the print version, which is cooler, ’cause it has a picture and everything!
and here’s the Sequenza21 review as well…
Sang premiere in LA
I’ve been working for the last year on a piece for the incredible Los Angeles Master chorale with guest virtuoso Persian musicians Manoocheehr Sadeghi on santur and Pejman Hadadi on percussion. The new piece, Sang, will premiere at Disney Hall in Los Angeles on 3 and 7 June 2007, the second concert also being the inauguration of the celebrations of the 30th anniversary Chorus America conference. Learn more about it here, and join me in LA if you’re anywhere in the neighborhood!
Dollhouse in Rome
Mabou Mines Dollhouse continues its worldwide tour in Rome, Italy at the Parco Della Musica 21-23 May 2007. Go here for more information.
I am writing to you from a far-off country
Koch has released Maya Beiser’s recording of I am writing to you from a far-off country with text by Henri Michaux, vocals by Alexandra Montano, and Maya playing multiple overdubbed cello parts and reciting the text. I am very proud of this record, and hope you have a chance to hear it soon. here’s the link to purchase it on Amazon.
Sequenza 21 review of Tell the Birds
I really like this review of my CD, Tell the Birds.