The past month has been crazy getting this show together along with the usual hustle and bustle of school, teaching, the election, and just living in general. BUT show day has finally arrived. I really hope you’ll be able to make it tonight, or will tune-in to the livestream (planning to “go live” on facebook). So if you haven’t done so yet, head over to facebook and “like” the M.I. Concerts page so that you can find the live stream later today! I think tonight’s show is going to be a great success, giving those Michiganders who, like me, have a had a less than stellar time since last Tuesday a little reminder of the excitement, possibility, and bonds that Michigan has to offer.
M.I. Concerts is from the community and for the community, Michigan inspired and Musically driven. I hope you’ll join me along with my very talented and hardworking colleagues this evening for some contemporary chamber music in a bar…because that may be a little of what so many of us need right now. The arts and friendship. Let’s celebrate local. Let’s celebrate good beer. Let’s celebrate music. Let’s celebrate the power of just being in the same room with other people. Lets celebrate nature and industry, relaxation and a hard day’s work. Let’s celebrate Michigan.
Sorry for the recent radio silence on my page here. I’ve been busy!! For those of you who don’t know, I’ve got this really neat project going on that I’m trying to get of the ground, M.I. Concerts. It’s a contemporary chamber music series with a mission is to create and nourish new music through events that are Michigan-centric from the composers and performers to the venues and inspiration. M.I. Concerts brings music to the people by curating events in places like breweries, art galleries, and coffee shops. Please, please PLEASE like the M.I. Concerts page, and share it with your friends! Let’s get some love generated for New Music in Michigan!
The very first (of hopefully many) M.I. Concerts event is next month at the Lansing Brewing Company on Thursday, 11/17/2016 at 7:30pm. Admission is free! Please come out to support the Arts in Michigan, get yourself a wonderfully crafted beer, and enjoy some music created by your fellow Michiganders!
I’m very excited to be collaborating again with Chelsea Koziatek at another one of her Consuming Arts events!
Delicious Food, Wonderful Music, and all local!
Enjoy a meal provided by Red Haven’s locally-sourced restaurant inspired by the performed music. Local composers and musicians include Philip Rice, Justin Rito, Tim Patterson, Chelsea Koziatek, Tia Harvey, Suzanna Feldkamp, Jennifer Pittman, and Sam Davies.
There is a reception at 6:30pm and the dinner will begin at 7:00pm. The ticket cost does not include tax or gratuity. There will be four courses served with paired drinks plus the reception.
Each dish was artisically designed by chefs at Red Haven to accompany the performed music.
Composer (and friend) Doug McCasuland and I have been collaborating for a while now on a new piece for multi-percussion and interactive electronics.
Today felt like a major turning point in this project that started out as a trip to a junkyard! We met today to tweak the set-up and play through some of my part. I also got to hear some of the electronic sound world this piece will be existing in (so cool). The piece has some very interesting interesting inspiration: sound pollution, waste, landscapes, personal struggle. More on that at a later date. I’m looking forward to premiering it later this month at my recital on 4/23! It really is so cool.
It’s moments like these that remind me why I’m doing this whole music school thing. It doesn’t take away the frustration, but it’s a welcome reminder of what brought me to where I am today. Music. Art. Thoughtful responses to the world in which we live.
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.
Myself and Kelsey Tamayo have been accepted to the So Percussion Summer Institute (SoSI), which is a two-week chamber music seminar for college-age percussionists and composers. The members of So Percussion serve as faculty in rehearsal, performance, and discussion of contemporary music. This year guests Steve Reich, and Ji Hye Jung will also be visiting. Can’t wait!
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!