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.
(Thanks to http://www.radio-locator.com and google maps for this graphic. Check out the interactive one here!)
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.