Why so long between posts? Well, it’s been a busy 2014 so far, and it’s looking to get busier!
I’ve been incredibly fortunate to participate in some great collaborations so far this year. In March, Rob Bridge and Jennifer Vacanti shared their percussion skills in premiering “Rhythmody” for Vision of Sound. They gave three performances, accompanying the dancers of Cheryl Wilkins-Mitchell’s studio, and I was fortunate to be there for all of it.
Meanwhile, I had my second opportunity to work with the students at West Genesee Middle School. Again, I collaborated with the 8th grade band students to compose a brand new work, which they premiered earlier this month. I have to say, this is one of my favorite collaborations! Martha Grener, the wonderfully talented band director, is a joy to work with, and she encourages enthusiasm and welcomes all input from her students. Once again, we left the naming of the work to the students, who revealed the title at the premiere performance. What a great performance of “The Hour of the Raven.”
I also had the chance to spend quite a bit of time in the studio, working on the next Samba Laranja CD (due out this fall). My world drumming piece, “Travels,” will be included in this release, and I am very grateful to Josh and Dr. Elisa Dekaney for giving me the opportunity to compose for this ensemble once again.
In the midst of all of this – yet another CD in the works! Ovidiu Marinescu of Trio Casals contacted me early this year to ask for a new piece. They are recording a new CD for PARMA Recordings, and my newly composed “Three Songs” will be a part of it! We are all set for a July recording session, with the CD release and live tour set for next year. (Ahem – look for my Kickstarter campaign very soon!)
As for the “next thing” – I have several pieces in the works, and will update you on those as time passes. I am also working on the last few details before offering my works for direct sale on my website.