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Arts in Context: Music for Wilderness Lake

KLRU / PBS put together a very fine mini-documentary of our production of Music for Wilderness Lake.  

You can watch it free here.

The Way of Timbre

I wrote a piece for trombones, didgeridoos, and sine waves for the James Turrell Skyspace at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Commissioned by the Artosphere Festival, the premiere was June 21st at dusk on the Summer Solstice.

Here is the trailer.  

Music for Wilderness Lake

I produced a performance of R. Murray Shafer's Music for Wilderness Lake at The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria June 27-28. The work is a piece of "environmental music" performed at Dusk and Dawn by twelve trombone players, arranged along the perimeter of a lake, signaled by nautical flags on a raft floating in the water.

In our case, we used a beautiful, handmade canoe built by local artist Aldo Valdés Böhm.  

KUT Arts Eclectic Interview     KMFA Interview

SoundSpace: Downtown NYC 1960

The most recent SoundSpace concert coincided with Veronica Roberts' Converging Lines exhibit, chronicling the work of Eva Hesse and Sol Lewitt.  This  program included works by Glass, Reich, LaMonte Young, Terry Riley and featured line upon line percussion, the Invincible Czars, Outlier, One Ounce Opera, and the Felix Quartet.  

Here is a nice article by Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle about the show and here is a Q&A with some of the performers.  

Installation at Austin City Hall

Recycled Sounds is a project that creates novel, recycled instruments and installs them in unexpected public places. Over a series of workshops with students and faculty from Austin SoundWaves, we explored improvisation, composition, and acoustics. The project culminated with a downtown performance and several large-scale instrument installations in collaboration with Travis Weller and Jebney Lewis.  These instruments will be on display for the next thirty days at the the Austin City Hall Parking Garage.  Austin American Statesman article   Austin 360 video

Braxton's 100 Tubas

The Oct SoundSpace concert featured the Austin premiere of Anthony Braxton's Composition No. 19, for 100 marching tubas. James Fei directed the performance. You can watch a video of the entire performance here.

Social Practice Lab: Music on Pearl

Music on Pearl is a project in collaboration with the Philly Youth Workshop and Jeb Lewis that will install  large scale instruments along the Pearl St alleyway in Chinatown North. You can follow the project's progress here.

This project is sponsored by the Asian Arts Initiative Social Practice Lab.

New Bang on a Can / Signal CD

Signal has released a new recording: Shelter is the product of an unusual three-way collaboration among Bang on a Can’s founding composers. Scored for 3 sopranos and 17-piece ensemble, Shelter explores and contrasts what the concept of Shelter means to different cultures. This premiere recording, under conducting of Brad Lubman and production of Michael Riesman, has been released on Cantaloupe Records.  You can listen to the recording in its entirety on the Atlantic Monthly website.

New Lachenmann / Signal CD
In 2010, I joined Helmut Lachenmann and Ensemble Signal for a series of rare performances, highlighting Lachemann's ground
breaking work over the past 50 years. These performances were recorded at EMPAC and include Lachenmann performing his solo piano pieces Guero, Ein Kinderspiel, and Wiegenmusik, as well the narration in “...Zwei Gefühle...”  Now available on CD, on Mode Records. DVD release in 5.1 surround sound on Mode Records forthcoming. Amazon iTunes

New Residency in Philadelphia
2012-2013 I'll be Artist-in-Residence at the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia.  I'll working with their Social Practice Lab, which focuses on "Philadelphia’s Chinatown North as a dynamic neighborhood site for local and national artists to explore contemporary visual and performing arts that forge alliances to encourage neighborhood development and positive change within the community."

Austin Critics' Table Award
SoundSpace won the 2012 Austin Critics' Table Award, thanks to the many musicians and artists that performed.  Stay tuned for the next show on Oct 21st, which will feature Henry Brant's mesmerizing work, Orbits, for 80 trombones, organ, and soprano.