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Conspirare’s Moving Light

Conspirare Symphonic Choir - Photo by Danny Brod

Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett have been honored as the Official Texas State Musician of the Year in the past, but last year’s honoree was Conspirare founder and artistic director Craig Hella Johnson. There’s a very good reason for that.

Brooklyn in Austin’s House

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The second installment in my Brooklyn Rider coverage as well as the skinny on the recent “Copland and Mexico” goings-on in Austin.

SXNY – The Big Apple heads to Austin

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I’ve got a new story up covering the recent Jace Clayton and Brooklyn Rider shows!

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finding the air up there – Winner of the 2014 Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award

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Wow. I just got word that my work for violin and piano finding the air up there was chosen as one of the two winners of the Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer’s Award.

Endowed by Suzanne Ettelson in memory of Lee Ettelson, the Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer’s Awards for New Chamber Works by American Composers is nationally recognized as a major opportunity for composers. Its purpose is to honor the best in current American music and to provide composers with a prominent forum for their work.

I now regret exactly zero % of the time I spent putting off work on my dissertation last summer.

No Idea 2014

Perruque trio - (from left) Aaron Tucker,Kurt Newman, and Chris Cogburn (Bassist Juan Garcia is behind Tucker) - photo by Gudinni Cortina

New review of the recent No Idea Festival over at NMBx.

Dallas Opera: Death and the Powers

Hal Cazalet as Nicholas - photo by Karen Almond, Dallas Opera

I recently headed north to check out the Dallas Opera production of Tod Machover’s Death and the Powers.

 

Beauty and Hope in the 21st Century

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Alquimia by Piero Pierini

My publisher, Nikolas Sideris, is putting together a project pairing composers with visual artists from around the world. The project is entitled “Beauty and Hope in the 21st Century” and will result in concerts featuring the works, a CD, a DVD, and an accompanying book containing the artworks and musical scores.The image above is the one I’ve chosen to work with. It’s a wonderfully whimsical work, and I’ve enjoyed using it as a touchstone while composing my piano piece of the same name.

Nikolas has put together a Kickstarter page as one of several ways to raise awareness of the project, and the link in the highlighted title above will take you to a short video of Nikolas describing the project.

 I hope you’ll visit the page and consider supporting it!

Aperio: Indie-A-Go-Go

Aperio performs at the Hobby Center in Houston - photo by Trish Badger

Aperio – Photo by Trish Badger

Houston-based Aperio-Music of the Americas put together a wonderful show of new music which I had the pleasure of checking out.

Read all about it here.

Sounds Heard: Duo Scordatura, The Act of Loving You, and Ritual

Odessa Chen with the Invisible Stories Ensemble, arranged by Max Stoffregen - The Act of Loving You - coverCd Coverpicdave

I got to check out three fantastic albums recently and wrote about all three on NMBx.

All Venues Great and Small

Brent Farris, Travis Weller, and James Alexander

Austin has amazing musical offerings in all sizes. From Bass Concert Hall to intimate backyard facilities, there are so many amazing places to hear music it’s hard to keep track of it all. I was lucky to catch local, regional, national, and international premieres in such disparate venues recently, and I’d love to know what you think about it!

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