Saturday, May 20, 2017 12:16 PM
The summer is nearly upon us, and my calendar is filling up fast. First up on the docket is a concert of the New York Composers Circle, which will include a premiere performance of my The Bird Lady, a set of two art songs I wrote last year with lyricist Linda Marcus. The concert will be held later this summer at Saint Peter's Church at 54th and Lexington in New York City - date is yet TBA. I am in the process of transforming The Bird Lady into a chamber opera with librettist/lyricist Germane Shames, whose compelling work You, Fascinating You has received critical acclaim, both as a novel and a Broadway musical. More on this as it develops over the next year (or so).
In August I will be participating in the Wyoming Fesital - New Music in the Mountains as a composition fellow. The ten-day event is held at Grand Teton National Park in rustic settings where several composers and performers of new music will gather to compose, discuss and perform new music. This year's theme is the solar eclipse, which will occur on Monday, August 21. Very much looking forward to participating in this event
I am also finalizing the materials for my A DAY IN THE PARK solo CD project, which is being produced and released by PARMA Recodings sometime in the next year. I have been running a GoFundMe campaign to help offset the expenses of the project, which you may read about HERE. After reading about the project, a generous donation on your part would be greatly appreciated, and it will go a long way in helping to bring this project to fruition. I have already recorded eight small combo jazz pieces (quintets and octets) for the project, and I have three more to record sometime later this summer. More details on when they will be recorded will follow as soon as I have locked down the details.
In further news, my piece Divinitus will be the focus of a study of textural and contrapuntal fluidity by Dan Lis on his popular website Composers Toolbox. The exact date of the study will be announced at a later date. Stay tuned for more on that, and other events as they unfold!!