This summer I had the pleasure to collaborate with Colin Gee and ECCE Ensemble at the Etchings Festival in Auvillar, France. I brought a piece called “Taleas” for flute, oboe, and violin for their inaugural collaborative program with Colin Gee, and I was truly delighted to get to work with him directly. (I am such a fan of his work!) Roberta Michel (flute), Hassan Anderson (oboe), and Jennifer Choi (violin) worked so hard on this and I loved working with them.
In June I spent two weeks at New Music on the Point hearing a number of wonderful student and faculty concerts, inspirational lessons from a caring, aesthetically-varied faculty, and inspiring fellow students. I am thankful to University of Illinois’s Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award for making my ability to afford going possible.
A highlight during those weeks that I will treasure was collaborating with Amaranth Quartet. While it was so exciting to eventually hear my new quartet “Losing Constellations,” the time NMOP gave Julie, Helen, Abi, Emily, and me time to process, discuss, and revise ideas along the way made such a difference in how we worked on music together. I feel very honored to be allowed into Amaranth’s world during our collaboration.
If you are tuning in and want to perform Drive to the Edge, there are a few ways you can do so. It will last 15 minutes and start near the beginning of the 8 am hour on Friday Morning Menu on WEFT 90.1-FM.
If you have a car: you can tune in to 90.1-FM at 8 am and drive approximately along the edge of some of the red “local”and purple “distant” areas, safely examining what reception is like in those spaces. OR, alternatively you can safely drive in one of these areas, look for potentially obstructive visible features and examine whether it does or not.
If you do not have a car: try moving your radio around the house or your workplace, perhaps plugging it in to different outlets while still tuned in to WEFT. How does reception change depending on the location? (Also don’t get in trouble at work!)
In all cases, the notion is you and your radio move in some way, listening for the space where the signal is still clear but somewhat distorted, and consider how the visible landscape connects with the invisible radio signals.
Today while I am a guest on Sandra Ahten’s “Friday Morning Menu” program from 7-9 am CST (click on the hyperlink to stream it) I will be broadcasting movements from Fearless Reception on the radio for the first time as well as the Illinois broadcast premiere of Drive to the Edge and Penelope’s Endless Book of Magic.
In addition to my work, it will feature compositions by Illinois-based composers Monisola Gbadebo and Kerrith Livengood and a performance by historical clarinetist and instrument builder Thomas Carroll with Mercury on a basset horn.
I am excited to announce that I received University of Illinois’s Theodore Presser Graduate Music Award. A major part of this will be funding All Score Illinois, a state-wide version of All Score Urbana that will be traveling Illinois giving workshops and putting out calls for works from musicians intending to pursue composition in college. More details will follow!
I’m excited to announce that my violin/viola Unwinding With Penelope was selected by Boston Microtonal Society for its annual call for works concert this Thursday evening at The Lilypad in Cambridge, MA.
This year’s concert features violinist Gabriela Diaz and violist Wendy Richman and I will hear my piece alongside works by Eduardo Caballero, Daniel Corral, Anthony Green, Dorothy Hindman, Manaka Matsumoto, Otto Muller, Andrián Pertout, and Zoran Scekic.
Special thanks to Justin Rollefson of the Rogue Trio for all the hard work on the editing that went into this.
Many thanks to Urbana Free Library for hosting this year’s All Score Urbana workshops and to Chris Raymond, Garrett Jones, Elliot Cobb, Molly O’Roark, Claire Taylor, Marcus Westbrook, Skylar Lipman, and Maddy Marsan for helping All Score cross the space from an idea to a program that hopefully inspires musical curiosity here in Urbana, Illinois.
Tonight Rogue Trio, Ileana Merary, Celso, Emanuel Olvera Centeno, and I are doing the first full broadcast of Fearless Reception. You can watch and listen to the online broadcast here. (It starts at 7:30 local time, so 8:30 Central and 9:30 Eastern).
In addition to the five movements of live performances and fixed media, Ileana and Celso will perform songs they each wrote, and Emanuel will perform a poem written for the event. I love their work and it is an honor to share works side by side with them. In addition to these live performances, the work will feature recordings from Ileana, Emanuel, Hector, and include voices from people from all over the United States in its opening.
Rogue Trio has also posted that link and the full concert program on their website.
I am so thankful to the many partners and supporters of this project, including Arizona State University, the Florence Project, Slate Arts Gallery, WGXC’s the Cutty Strange, and WOBC.
Come see the preview of Fearless Reception on January 21st at Slate Arts in Chicago at 8 pm! This is the first live performance of a collaboration with the Rogue Trio and Ileana Merary about creating awareness of immigration issues, raising immigrant voices, and supporting inclusivity and respect for others in a climate that does not welcome people who seem different.
I’ll be performing the electronics in person there with the Rogue Trio and live speakers will be performing telematically (over the internet) from Phoenix.
Also on this show:
• Annie Lyle Mason will be doing an electroacoustic mash-up of Drive to the Edge and I Was On the Side of the Highway!
• Monisola Gbadebo will be performing new and recent works!
(Design Credit: Liz Lewis)