this Friday at 7:30, the excellent Mary Mackenzie will be singing three songs from the song cycle I wrote a few years ago with the composer Phil Kline called The Story of B. Click the image below for more info and tickets:
On Thursday 18 April, the Voices of Ascension under the direction of Dennis Keene will be premiering a new commission for chorus and organ called Building the Bird Mound. Click the photo for tickets and more information:
Building the Bird Mound was inspired by a visit I made to Poverty Point, a pre-historic mound complex in Northeast Louisiana, while traveling down the length of the Mississippi River by kayak and bicycle in the fall of 2009. Poverty Point, which was built sometime between 3500 and 1500 B.C. is structured as a series of long concentric half-circles that radiate from a center mound which is in the shape of a winged bird. When I stood in the center of the mound that November afternoon, I had a glimpse of something very powerful, a sense of being sheltered â€” held â€” in the body of this giant effigy bird, and close to the ghosts of all the people who had scrabbled in the dirt to pile up and carry soil, basket by basket, to build this sacred place. I knew then that I wanted to write a piece of music about this place and the people who built it, and Building the Bird Mound is the result of that afternoonâ€™s inspiration.
An all-new CD of River Project music is now exclusively available for purchase here! The second signed limited edition EP includes four pieces from The River Project in wonderful premiere recordings by BRIM, the Guidonian Hand, and members of Portland’s Third Angle Ensemble. A perfect gift, buy one today!
Frank Oteri and Molly Sheridan and I had a fun conversation together; you can watch and read it here.
Mary Rowell and I as BRIM are doing a show at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS on 11 October as part of a little mini-tour we’ve set up. More info here. We’ll be traveling along the Ohio River to join the Mississippi, really looking forward to getting out on the road again!
Mr. Faiman also gave a lovely account of Eve Beglarianâ€™s â€œNight Psalmâ€ (2009), an appealing meditation in which velvety descending arpeggios morph into a quietly rumbling harmonic haze. Ms. Beglarianâ€™s â€œIâ€™m Worried Now, but I Wonâ€™t Be Worried Longâ€ (2010), though composed only a year after â€œNight Psalm,â€ inhabits a different universe: electronic sound, a droning cello line and tactile, rhythmically solid harp writing form the backdrop for a soulful, almost folk-song-like soliloquy for the violin, played here with a rich, deep sonority by Miranda Cuckson.
Eve Beglarian uses more tactile, inventively morphing sounds in â€œRobin Redbreastâ€ (2003), an odd but evocative setting of a Stanley Kunitz poem for tenor (Martin Bakari) and piccolo (Henrik Heide).
from The Village Voice, 1 June 2011
Wednesday, June 1 (tonight!); 8 p.m.
Eve Beglarian: Songs from A Book of Days
For over a decade, Beglarian has been working on this song cycle, which she describes “‘mulling over’ pieces, made in the spirit of commonplace books, collections of found thought that please me, and of medieval books of days.”
Whether she’s pivoting off Plato to create some early electro-percussive damage (circa 1985) that could’ve schooled Reznor, or turning Whitman’s “We Two” into a lovely duo for herself and Corey Dargel, she’s as intellectually erudite as she is deeply intuitive.
(Where else to hear Beglarian: On the New World-issued Tell the Birds CD, as well as the compilation Lesbian American Composers.)
then, next Wednesday 1 June, again at the Stone, I myself will be performing with fabulous guests Lydia Van Dreel, Mary Rowell, and Megan Schubert. works include the first performance of EinHorn for horn and electronics, and lots of other good stuff. Hope to see you there!
Here‘s a happy-making preview of the two pieces I’ve written for the Sarasota Orchestra players as part of the Greenfield Prize.
take your pick!
if you’re in Miami Friday night 2/25, you can hear My Feelings Now on this show:
and/or if you’re in NYC Saturday night 2/26, you can hear it on this one:
I have a new piece for multiple trombones up here, it’s called In and Out of the Game, and it’s another piece for the River Project. You can watch and listen to the video version (click for fullscreen):
I am finally heading back to NYC after nearly a year away, first paddling/biking down the Mississippi River and then working at a really fine series of artist colonies (Montalvo, the Hermitage, and Ucross.) I’ll be starting out tomorrow from northeastern Wyoming, thinking perhaps to head up through Canada a bit and down to Vermont, where I will drop off the kayak and the bike and the car, and then hop onto the Ethan Allen Express down to Penn Station on Saturday. Woo hoo!
One of the pleasures of coming home is that in the first days after getting home, there are gonna be a couple of premieres of my work: definitely an excellent way to get settled in!
On 8 June at Merkin Hall, Mary Rowell is going to premiere a brand new piece I wrote for her, called I’m Worried Now, But I Won’t Be Worried Long. (The title comes from a song by Charley Patton.) We’ll also be doing my James Tate setting, It Happens Like This, in a new arrangement, and the whole festival looks really wonderful, check it out here
And on 12 June at the Invisible Dog, the happening guitar quartet, Dither, is doing the first ever live version of The Garden of Cyrus, an electronic piece from 1985. I’m really excited to hear what they do with it live, for sure! Go here for more info.
So if you’re in New York, I hope I’ll be able to see you at one or both of these shows, and if not then, soon!!!