Going to California...
Whew - it's been a crazy last couple weeks. But I am happy to be sending out my first newsletter to friends and family alike! Nina and I have moved in to our new home for the year and are quickly filling it up with all kinds of cool yard sale stuff - even grilled out some burgers and steaks last night with a few musicians from CalArts (and I managed not to light anything on fire, except the grill...always a danger with me in charge). Suffice to say it has been an exciting time of change as I shift into the real (?) world.
And to the reason I came all the way out here... CALARTS! What a place. I've been introduced to the campus, facilities, and people this past week (whirlwind of 'orientations') and everyone - faculty as well/especially - has been welcoming, nice, and man oh man talented. We'll see what I've got myself into real soon. The faculty put on a concert of ...odd?contemporary?avant-garde-y?awesome. original compositions, all performed by faculty - and that was incredible. One dude bowed the wood of his violin for a bit (along with all kinds of other cool techniques). Another had a computer algorithm that took his violin glissandos (sliding up and down the strings) and expanded them into 8 lines of contrapuntal noise that interacted with his performance. Most of all I think I have been struck by people's - students' and faculty's - fearlessness. We'll see if I can follow along. As long as you have reasoning behind what you are doing, anything goes. At least that's what I'm getting so far. In any case, classes start on Monday: I'm taking everything from how to write for strings to the history of composing sound art. Can't wait.
In other interesting/exciting news, I've been put in touch with Italian pianist Francesco Attesti who has expressed an interest in performing my Clarinet and Piano duet at one of his concerts (either in the US or Europe)! Way cool. You can see him at his website www.attesti.com.
For now, though, the focus is on school and writing as much as I can. Should be a wild ride.
Until next time,