In the fall of 2014, the Composers Collective had the pleasure of hiring a brass quintet for our fall concert. The second performance of our young group, held again at the Opera America Center in Manhattan, was in the more attractive Recital Hall. The musicians performed thirteen brand new pieces to a full house. Continue reading “Composers Collective November 2014”
I wrote this piece, Hold Your Breath, at the end of 2013 and “rediscovered” it in the recordings on my computer. I’m very proud of it as I was venturing out into strange meters and opposing two-handed rhythms while experimenting with the range of the piano.
But beyond any compositional features, I think what really gave this recording life was the amazingly expressive playing of Blair McMillen. I was so impressed with his rendition upon the first read I really had no comment or correction. He basically nailed it. On top of that, he’s such a nice guy.
Here’s his second take, recorded on a Steinway at Juilliard:
Last week on the 12th, I had the pleasure of performing alongside my good musical friend Chesney Snow again for a show called “The Whole Enchilada”.
The wonderful Rachel Harrington, Orlando Arriaga, and Liz Days, also know as “The Bakery“, put together a sketch comedy show at This Theater in NYC. Chesney and I provided the soundtrack for three short comedy films that were showing between set changes. It was so much fun and the trio is a very talented group. It was no big thing to meet during a quick whirlwind dress rehearsal the night before where Chesney and I knocked out composing three songs for the short interstitials. That man is a beatboxing master! Such a good collaboration.
“Cannon to the right of them! Cannon to the left of them!” Kudos to The Bakery team! Looking forward to the next project!