NewMusicBox » Your 2013-14 Attitude Guide: Four to Cop, Four to Drop for an Amazing Season

As the fall semester is quickly approaching (or already has) for many of us, here are some words of wisdom just posted on a blog I regularly follow. Here’s to a good school year!..or performance season!..or life!

NewMusicBox » Your 2013-14 Attitude Guide: Four to Cop, Four to Drop for an Amazing Season.

SōSI: Week One

A few months ago I posted on here about my acceptance to this great summer opportunity, the Sō Percussion Summer Institute. It’s a two week event, and I’m right in the middle of it all and it’s been a fantastic experience thus far. Tonight I have the privilege to premier a piece by Michelle Nagai with Kelsey Tamayo. This evening’s program is entirely focused on composers at or affiliated with Princeton University. It looks to be a good show. I can’t wait to see what everyone has been working on over the past week. Working so closely with composers is not something we get to do all that often. And now here we are, getting hours with composers in the room!

Being in this environment is really quite surreal. It’s great.

More on that to come. Right now it’s show time.

See ya on the other side.


Cold Water, Dry Stone-NASA Region 5

I had a performance earlier today with the student based new-music ensemble from MSU, Collective Behavior (CoBe) and it was a very wonderful experience. We performed the piece Cold Water, Dry Stone by Evan Chambers at the Region 5 NASA (North American Saxophone Association) conference. It was our first public performance of the piece, with 3 more to come in the next few months. I’m so excited to be playing new music with great musicians and colleagues!

Thanks guys!


The Beginnings of Contemporary Percussion Music w/Steven Schick

Steve Schick talks about (and performs) the origins and global development of percussion music. Very enlightening and entertaining. To any of you who have read his book “The Percussionist’s Art,” it’s so nice to hear many of those ideas “from the horses’ mouth” as they say. For those of you have not, enjoy some fantastic music and presentation of ideas.


Percussion Duo

Here are my five “noises” for Paul Lanksy’s percussion duet Travel Diary. Yes, that is indeed a door nob. I finally have the fortune to be playing this piece, and with an exceptional colleague at MSU, Kelsey Tamayo. We’re thinking of playing more percussion duos seeing as we’re enjoying this one so much. Any suggestions?