A recurring and resonant message from the resident composers at the New Music Festival @ Bowling Green (that's Sarah Kirkland Snider and Steven Mackey, if you're wondering) was encouragement towards authenticity, self-reflection, and self-discovery--a complex issue to unpack, as they noted. As they recognized repeatedly, separation from social, hierarchical, and musical influences is damned near … Continue reading I’m naked, buddy-boy
Tom Huizenga (NPR First Listen) described it "in terms of its arresting atmospherics... a high point for Ryan, his ensemble and former students," FFO: "Max Richter, Daniel Wohl, Hauschka and the remarkable Jacaszek." Peter van Cooten (ambientblog.net), "a stunning set of compositions... A fusion of two worlds coming together in an exceptional way." Adam Cuthbért, Daniel Rhode, and Matt Finch /return/ to … Continue reading RETURN
Hello, sorry. Turns out applying to grad school is a lot of work. Who knew? The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble rips a preview of their collaborative CD with collective slashsound at Strange Beautiful Music X in Detroit this weekend; 4pm Saturday. In celebration of the new music marathon's decennial, the concert is … Continue reading Sounds of the Summer/Sounds in Detroit
This weekend, I finally released the recordings of my collection of songs, Waiting for Niko. The four tracks were composed, arranged, rehearsed, performed, and recorded for my senior project at Grand Valley State. The works are particularly meaningful to me because of the countless hours that my very musical friends Ryan, Liz, Nic, and Gabe put … Continue reading Waiting for Niko
"Don't forget to use your dynamics!" was a phrase that I heard before every single solo and ensemble performance in high school. Somehow, my mom understood that, by obsessing over every technical detail, frack, and/or missed line, I would overlook every element of expression in toto. I still think about that before most performances (though she rarely tells … Continue reading “Don’t forget to use your dynamics!”
Thanks to a yuge win at the GVSU New Music Ensemble Micro-Works Competition (1st place piece HERE), there are now two opportunities to hear my music this weekend! Friday, March 31st: Hear the GVSU New Music Ensemble take on both of my competition-winning pieces at a recital curated by the esteemed (and retiring) Dr. John Schuster-Craig. Program includes … Continue reading Replay! Hear my music this weekend!
I'm very excited that several excellent performers from Grand Valley are premiering works by me this semester, and I hope you'll join me if you're nearby: March 4th: Anna Petrenko and Lindsay Myers premiere my "Wicked Problems" for saxophones and tape on a recital at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 5 Conference at Indiana University-Purdue … Continue reading 2017 Winter Performances