Bureaucracy in Action II

For those of you who do not know, I recently accepted an assistantship at the LSU School of Music to be their IT Specialist. It has been a really good experience, and I am learning a lot about enterprise IT and what it entails. Some may argue that enterprise IT requires a lot more than 20 hrs. a week and should be a full-time job. I won’t argue with that, but I am very happy with the experience and it is great for me.
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Article in the Daily Reveille at LSU

Yesterday, I was interviewed for part of an article in the Daily Reveille, the newspaper at LSU, to talk about some of the things we are doing right now. For those of you who are unaware, we just performed at the Electroacoustic Barn Dance Festival at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA this past Saturday. The article details this performance, along with a multimedia art exhibit done by some other students at LSU. It is titled: “University grad students debut electronic instrument.” You can find the article here.

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European Performance

I just got an email today asking for a bio pic, because my piece Selva Oscura is being played at a European Composer’s forum in Ljubljana, Slovenia! How cool is that? I think I am (with maybe the exception of Dr. Constantinides) the only composer I know that will have been performed in Slovenia.

For a little more info, the performers will be Katarina Jovanovic, soprano and Natalija Mladenovic, piano

For a bio of Ms. Jovanovic, click here.
For a bio of Ms. Mladenovic, click here.

Thanks to the Composers Association of Serbia for selecting my piece for performance and finding the performers.

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Musicians Abroad

Good news! My friends and I were accepted to perform in Linz, Austria at the International Tuba/Euphonium Conference (ITEC) 2012. We are going to compose a new work for two tubas and laptops. Nick Hwang and I will be writing the work and performing on laptops; Andy Larson and Sergio Carolino will be performing on tubas.

While playing in Austria will be awesome, we would also like to hit the road (or more accurately the railways) and show off some of the cool stuff we’ve been doing the last couple of years together. The goal is to play in different venues across northern Europe on a mini tour, culminating with the performance with Sergio in Linz.

If you want to learn more, feel free to visit our wordpress blog or our kickstarter page. We can’t do this on our own, so the more help we can get the better. Please consider donating. Every little bit helps.

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Lines in the Sand

The history of composition is riddled with battles. It is what breathed life into music. If Monteverdi hadn’t written new music, conservatives wouldn’t have had anything to bash. For every Brahms, there is a Wagner. For every Mozart, a Salieri.

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How I spent my September 11, 2011

Where were you? Where were you that fateful day, September 11, 2011?

September 11, 2001 was an incredible tragedy. In no way am I downplaying such despicable acts, nor am I trying to trivialize the enormity of that fateful day. I have tremendous respect for the people who rushed to the aid of others, knowing Continue reading

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WordPress and Musicians

As a musician and composer, I am used to playing second fiddle to video. People rely on their eyes to digest information, mainly due to television and other modern digital media. People use their ears to listen to music, but few people actively listen, preferring music that is simple and transparent. I understand this, and know that it is a product of our times.

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