Friday, February 22, 2019 2:47 PM
I am happy to announce an upcoming jazz performance opportunity for one of my most popular pieces, On An Autumn Day, which is being performed on March 6th at Zinc Bar in New York City. The performance is a jazz concert of the New York Composers Circle and will feature music by Roger Blanc, David Picton, Dary John Mizelle, Peri Mauer, Timothy Miller, and others. Performing will be the NYCC Jazz Ensemble, who is Michael Laderman-flute, Roger Blanc-guitar, Emiko Hayashi-piano, Nate Haselby-bass, and David Picton-drums. I have created a special arrangement of my piece for the quintet. It was premiered in 2011 by the Vermont Jazz Ensemble, which was a sextet, and it was recorded in Havana, Cuba in 2015 by members of Ikerere, one of Havana’s hottest big bands. That recording is available on Ansonica Records’ ABRAZO: THE HAVANA SESSIONS.
In NEW news, I have been accepted to return to the Mostly Modern Festival for it’s second season at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. I attended the inaugural season in 2018, and the 2019 season looks to be even better, with more composers, more ensembles, and even more weeks. The festival was increased from its original two-week format to a three-week format. Resident ensembles include Acropolis Reed Quintet, Atlantic Brass Quintet, Euclid Strng Quartet, American Modern Ensemble, and the American Modern Orchestra. I expect nothing but great things to come from this years’ spectacular festival! I will also be working as a photographer for the event, a roll I assisted in last year. Fun times!!
Also upcoming is a performance of The Callithumpian Duck for woodwind quintet. The performance is on a concert of the New York Composers Circle to be held on April 23rd at "The Little Church Around the Corner," The Church of the Transfiguration in New York City. This will be the second performance of this work, but the first in its original form as a woodwind quintet. The premiere performance took place on January 31, 2015 in an arrangement for three bassoons and two cellos performed by Aaron Azapa, Jim Lotz and Keith McClelland, bassoons and Wesley Baldwin and Lee Richey, celli at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville on the final faculty recital of Keith McClelland, professor of bassoon following his retirement in December of the previous year.
More performances in the works. Stay tuned
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