i hope everyone is well and had (still having?) a great summer!
i just arrived back in valencia for my last year at calarts. i had a busy summer of musicing and meeting new people, but am glad to be back and excited for several new projects coming up this year! here's a brief rundown of stuff that's been going on/will be going on.
first and foremost, last semester i finished recording my first full length CD. it is a collection of 5 string quartets written last spring (all graphic scores and with corresponding poems), each of which is about 12 minutes long. altogether, the CD will run around 60-70 minutes. all of the works were worked on and performed by the same wonderful quartet: Jonathan Tang and Yvette Holzwarth on violin, Joy Yi on viola, and Thea Mesirow on cello. i could not have asked for better people to work with on this, not to mention they are absolutely killer players... they put a lot of time and effort into this project (out of the kindness of their hearts), and i'm very happy with how it turned out. i'll be finishing up some of the detail work in the studio this fall and will be looking to put it out on hard copy CD's before christmas. hopefully, there will also be some performances of the works around thanksgiving as well. this will be my first 'real' CD i release, so it is a very exciting time!
in addition, i am taking on the usual onslaught of projects and pieces, as well as beginning work on a large scale thesis piece to cap off my time at calarts. there will be several collaborations with dancers coming up too (one of my favorite things to do) - namely, with Manuel Meza, Jake Harkey, and Maddie Kurtz.
during this past summer, i had the great opportunity to help stage manage the Ojai Music Festival in California (check it out if you haven't heard of it!). it was a wild festival of contemporary music with some of the top players around the country and world. pretty humbling to be hanging around backstage with them. after that, i went to the Atlantic Music Festival in Maine to compose and workshop for a month. i met a lot of awesome people and musicians at that festival and had three performances: a chamber piece, "ruptures" (https://www.facebook.com/experienceamf/photos/a.1122217524459487.1073741828.134547439893172/1135799943101245/?&fref=nf); an orchestra piece, "wisps"; and a solo violin piece, "there are cracks in this fog." recordings will be coming in the fall of these works!
i think that is all for now. talk again soon!