"Hijaz Prelude" in Fait Accompli, a short film

I am delighted that “Hijaz Prelude”, from my album HISTORIES, was featured in a short film by Desiree Melancon and Marc O’Malley.

This film is a gem. WATCH: https://snowboarding.transworld.net/videos/fait-accompli-short-movie-desiree-melancon-marc-omalley/

PS Desiree is a dominating force in the world of women’s snowboarding…. and a badass filmmaker and artist. Follow her work on instagram (@desireemelancon) and elsewhere.

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Summer Workshop and Creative Music Intensive at Arts Letters & Numbers

Applications are now open for the Summer Workshop and Creative Music Intensive, taking place concurrently this July at the fabulous Arts Letters & Numbers!  I am so deeply thrilled to be co-directing the music intensive this summer with my colleague Michael Harrison.  We've got some fabulous visiting artists coming, including Nina C. Young, Anne Lanzilotti, Payton MacDonald, and Sam Torres (plus others to be announced shortly). 

ALN is a beautiful, creative, multidisciplinary place that's open to folks of all creative practices.  The four-week workshop will be led by Director David Gersten and a wide range of Visiting Artists, including Architects, Filmmakers, Musicians, Composers, Physics, Poets, Photographers, Actors, Mimes, Theater Directors, Chefs, Scientists and Scholars.  Yes!  It's fabulous and always so richly inspiring.

Please be in touch if you have any questions. 

More information and application: http://www.artslettersandnumbers.com/announcements/archive/cmi-2018

 photo credit: Zele Angelides

photo credit: Zele Angelides

Creative Music Intensive

I'm so thrilled to be part of the exceptional faculty for this workshop, led by my dear friend and colleague Michael Harrison, alongside composer Nina C. Young, composer/percussionist Payton MacDonald, and saxophonist/composer Sam Torres.  This will be a really special opportunity to explore our individual creative voices, and grow and breathe and think and play! 

I can't put into words how deeply beautiful Arts Letters & Numbers is as a place to work and grow.  Please consider joining us, and please let me know if you have any questions.

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Here are a few of the topics that may be covered, depending on the interests of the group ---

  • The art and techniques of musical composition 
  • Improvisation (group and solo)
  • Indian classical singing (ragas) 
  • Indian rhythmic cycles and patterns 
  • Polyrhythms and minimalist music techniques
  • Just Intonation (theory and practice)
  • Chamber ensemble and solo performance
  • Creating electronic and electroacoustic music
  • Developing a career in music
  • Developing interdisciplinary collaborations 

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Recital on Nov. 26 to benefit Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter

I'm so pleased to be partnering with the Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter for my recital on Nov. 26 in Middleburg, VA.  They are an amazing organization that does so much for their community.  Please check out their website - http://www.lcsj.org/ and make a donation if you're able.  All proceeds from the Nov. 26 recital will sent directly to LAWS.

"The mission of LAWS is to serve adults and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; to empower, inform and advocate for adults and children; to educate the community about domestic violence and sexual assault and to work towards the elimination of personal and societal violence."

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"HISTORIES" included in 2018 Grammy Awards balloting round

Thrilled that HISTORIES was nominated for the first round of voting for the Grammy Awards!  Hard to believe it's been almost 3 years since I started working on this album... It's deeply personal, and I'm pretty darn proud of it.  If you haven't heard it, you can find HISTORIES in all online stores, or listen here.

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Next Up: MIT on 11/17/17

Next up: I'm very much looking forward to performing on the next Music of Reality event at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Nov. 17.  This program has been a very close collaboration with MIT scientist Irmgard Bischofberger, whose excitement and curiosity is contagious!  I've programmed "The Currents" by Sarah Kirkland Snider, a new piece for me that I'm falling more and more in love with as I get deeper into it.  The title of Sarah's work comes from Unremembered, a cycle of poems by Nathaniel Bellows --

But like the hidden current
somewhere undersea
you caused the most upheaval
on the other side of me.

The piece portrays the underlying emotional currents which ebb and flow beneath the surface, emerge unannounced, and shape us.  In this event, Irmgard will be discussing her research on pattern formations (the gorgeous video footage above is from her lab).  I see a synergy between Irmgard's research and Sarah's work: the "currents" that shape pattern formations in nature, and our emotional landscape, in unexpected ways.  As Irmgard will tell us on the 17th, there is still so much that is unknown about how and why specific patterns form, much like the murky terrain of our emotional selves.

I'll also be performing Donnacha Dennehy's "Stainless Staining" and premiering a new work by David Ibbett.  Guest artist Sam Torres (heard in the video above, and, incidentally, my wonderful life partner) will perform his amazing work for saxophone and live electronics, which is not to be missed...

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