I just heard from a composer in Australia that Elliott Carter’s 103rd Birthday Concert, which was recorded for DVD, has been released! This was among my most special projects as a performer. I had the privilege of playing a premiere of his, a “new classic” and also his marimba solo Figment V. It was an honor that he was in attendance and that I was able to celebrate his 103rd and unfortunately last, birthday.
Here is the trailer and the DVD can be purchased here: http://www.prestoclassical.co.uk/r/NMC/NMCDVD193
I’m so thrilled that I will be playing a series of performances at the Guggenheim Museum to close out my NYC performing for 2013!
First: Peter and the Wolf, featuring Isaac Mizrahi and a trio of wonderful dancers and a fabulous ensemble of Juilliard musicians as part of the Works and Process Series. The New York Times did a great preview of the show. It should be a blast. Here is the link from the Guggenheim website.
Second: George Steel is conducting a Holiday Concert with Vox Vocal Ensemble and Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble. I’ll be playing a few works, including Ives’ From the Steeples and the Mountains and Bizet’s Le Marche des Trois Rois, from L’Arleisenne Suites 1 & 2. For more info, click HERE.
Article for Juilliard Journal
Recently I had an article published in the Juilliard newspaper which gives a bit of background on the upcoming November 12 Juilliard Percussion Ensemble concert.
***Disclaimer: I didn’t write the title of the article, and it may be a bit extravagant for the article itself, but the content is still there. Hope you enjoy!
In only a few days I will be off to the nief-norf Summer Festival in South Carolina. Can’t wait for a week of meeting up with old friends and meeting new colleagues. The first night I’ll perform John Luther Adams’s Strange and Sacred Noise, then coach a bunch of pieces I’ve never heard about. Next weekend I’ll be giving a talk on Stockhausen’s Kontakte as part of the nief-norf Research Summit. Busy few days, but completely worth it!
In true Lawrence fashion, LUPE’s Spring Concert was an absolute knockout! Steve Reich’s Drumming Part 1, Clay Condon’s Fractalia, and the WI premiere of Mark Applebaum’s 30 rounded out the first half. Then Nani Agbeli, with the help of fellow Lawrence alums Reed Flygt, Harjinder Bedi and Andrew Green, slammed through a wickedly difficult medley of music from Africa, Cuba, and Brazil arranged by LU students. Amazing!
You missed it? Watch it here - believe me, it’s worth it!