22 Jan 2015
There are now many performances of my pieces lined up for the first few months of 2015 all across the US! I’ll be traveling to Tallahassee, Arkadelphia, and Seattle in the coming months, and am looking forward to the free beverage service on my flights.
Soundtrack of an Open Road for Cello and Fixed Media was finished about a week ago, and there are already plans for it’s premiere and more!
Up next is a work for Euphonium and Piano for David Dimmit, a terrific performer and fellow Kansas City dweller!
I’ve become involved in other groups in Kansas City in the past months including the Mnemosyne Quartet, an improvisation-based group. We recently performed an entire concert as part of the Kansas City Electronic Music Alliance’s (KcEMA) happy hour concert series, and in August brought street art-style performance to downtown KC.
Until next time,
3 Nov 2014
October was quite a busy month with two big performances one after another:
On October 23 the UMKC Wind Symphony, under the direction of Steven Davis, gave an excellent premiere of Crossroads Fanfare in Kansas City! That performance is now online and can be heard below. The Wind Symphony will also be performing it again on November 7th in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Kansas City as part of the UMKC Crescendo concert.
The next day on October 24 I performed Winter’s Summer at the New Horizons Music Festival in Kirksville, Missouri at the beautiful Truman State University campus!
Coming up in January Winter’s Summer will be performed again at the Florida State University New Music Festival in Tallahassee, Florida!
There are more tentative performances through 2015, and as they are confirmed I will post them here.
15 Sep 2014
The American Prize released the results for the Composition category in Band/Wind Ensemble this week and I was awarded third place for my piece Manhattan in the student division! It is an incredible honor to receive this recognition. The judges’ comments on the piece included “off-beat, jazzy, humorous and…convincing.” To read the full press release visit the American Prize here
3 Sep 2014
As summer has now officially ended, so has my intensive summer writing. Crossroads Fanfare for the UMKC Wind Symphony was finished a few weeks ago and is going to be premiered on October 23 in Kansas City. Lastly, Wanderings on the Divide after two years is finally finished! I’m currently exploring performance opportunities and hope to have it premiered next year. Both pieces will be added to the Works page soon, and recordings will be posted as they come in. Ping was recorded last weekend in Seattle by the Alloy quartet, and I look forward to hearing the edited and mastered version in the coming months.
Over the next few months I’ll be hard at work in Kansas City teaching, studying, and performing; as well as writing my next piece for Cello and recorded car sounds.
Ted King-Smith's music is a hybrid of vernacular and contemporary music, exploring the vast sonic space between an energetic drive and a surreal stillness. Hailing from the Hudson Valley of New York, Ted began his studies in music on the saxophone at age 8. After performing with dozens of ensembles in the region ranging from improvisatory rock bands to jazz ensembles he went on to attend and graduate from the Hartt School of Music in 2010, and Washington State University in 2012. He is currently pursuing his DMA in composition at the University of Missouri – Kansas City where his current teachers include Chen Yi and James Mobberley.
Winter and Spring performances 2015
January 23, 11am, NASA Region 1 Conference
Alloy Saxophone Quartet
Western Washington State University
January 31, 2pm, FSU New Music Festival
Florida State University New Music Festival
March 8, 3pm, SCI Region VI Conference
Henderson State University
March 17, 7:30pm, UMKC Guild Concert (tentative)
Soundtrack of an Open Road (world premiere)
University of Missouri - Kansas City, White Hall
Kansas City, Missouri
March 20, 7:30pm, CMS Pacific Northwest Region Conference
University of Puget Sound