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Fall 2019 Newsletter

News from the East Bay
in no particular order...
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Spent the summer in Northern Michigan, as composer / sound designer / music engineer for Parallel 45 Theatre. The productions (Hair, Stupid F* Bird, and Little Bunny Foo Foo) were challenging! Made great friends (long summer days will do that). Shout out to my wife for supporting me though 15-hour days for 2 ½ months.

My first year as an Assistant Professor at Cal State East Bay came and went in an instant, it felt. The program is undergoing exciting changes and I am very much looking forward for the year ahead. I love my students, they are truly remarkable.

I spent most of the year involved in getting the Computer Studios up and running. The most exciting part of this was when our very own Buchla (70s modular synth) made the news. Some videos of the news story HERE, and HERE.

And! I had the guys from The Hub come by the music department this past Spring for our first ever computer network music workshop!

Jason Hardink premiered my latest piece, Hiraeth (for piano and chamber ensemble) in Utah before we moved West. It was an incredible performance. It must have been a good experience for him too, because I just confirmed a second commission. The new piece, for piano and tape, will be part of larger project he is working on to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the publication of Ives' Concord Sonata. The piece will be premiered in the Spring of 2021.

And, last but not least, shout out to Zoo Labs, a wonderful local non-profit organization that empowers artists, who's had me over twice already in a mentorship role. I have greatly enjoyed my experience there, and have learned so much from these cultural leaders who are changing lives (including mine) through their art.

Happy Fall everyone!

Fall in Northern California ...

... is wonderful. 

Some exciting new events / projects in the recent months, in no particular order:

  • Just returned from AMS/SMT 2018 where I got to hear stimulating research, see old friends, and make new ones.
  • I'll be speaking at UC Davis in January as one of their Valente Series guests. If you are in the area, come by! Event info HERE.
  • Returning to Traverse City next summer (2019) to work with Parallel45 as sound designer / engineer for their exciting three-production summer season.
  • My two most-current pieces (Hiraeth, and Study in Randomness) have been uploaded, if you want to give them a listen (HERE).
  • Developing new composition, theory and technology courses; and getting the computer studios up and running here at Cal State East Bay.
  • With dreams of starting an East Bay Laptop Orchestra. If you know of anybody in the Bay Area that would be interested in getting this started with me, have them reach out!

Happy November everyone!

Summer 2018 News

I'm happy to announce my new position as Assistant Professor of Composition and Music Theory at Cal Estate East Bay. Excited for the move to the Bay Area, and to get started!

The live recording of Hiraeth, my latest work for piano and chamber ensemble, is now available. Jason Hardink and the rest of the ensemble did an incredible job. I am so very thankful for their time and talent.

In other good news, I have been invited to participate in UC Davis' Valence Lectures in January of 2019. More information on this will be posted shortly -- stay tuned!

Happy Summer everyone!

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