Summer 2017 Recap

Although things may have appeared to be a little quiet for me on here, real-life was far from it! Recordings, performances, commissions and more have filled the summer. Here’s a recap of it all:

Between Glimpses of Blue was premiered and recorded in April and May with Joe Parisi and the UMKC Wind Ensemble! It was also performed in Seattle by Danny Helseth and the Seattle Pacific University Wind Ensemble. The east coast premiere will be in September with Glen Adsit and the Hartt School Wind Ensemble.

 

May 5th was the first annual KC Contemporary Music Festival organized by NewEar and KcEMA! It featured performances by a number of area performers and composers, including a short film score collaboration between members of KcEMA and animator Molly Garrett in which we scored her animation Steps to Balance 1-5Also on that festival, Soundtrack of an Open Road got a rocking performance by Shascha Groschang!

 

In addition to a new recording of Between Glimpses of Blue, trombonist Gavin Carney worked with me considerably this spring on Life and Death on a Spinning Disk. There were several performances in KC, and he recorded the piece as well! Gavin will be performing it once more at Electronic Music Midwest next month. Matt Russo, who commissioned the piece, gave the east coast premiere in June in Hartford, and will perform it again next month as well!

 

In July, Mnemosyne performed at Omaha Under the Radar along with many other incredible new music ensembles from around the country. If you haven’t heard of this festival, check it out!

On July 21, Soundtrack of an Open Road got another performance! This time at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, NY as part of the Late Night at National Sawdust series. The performance, with cellist Maria Hadge, was also broadcasted on Relevant Tones with Seth Boustead on WFMT (Chicago) and WKCR (New York). If you listen to the link, it’ll be on around 12:00, though be sure to listen to the other pieces as well.

This fall I’ll be teaching classes in audio, music technology, and multimedia at KCKCC and now Johnson County Community College!

I have two new works in progress: A new piece for band commissioned by Adam Fontana and Bethel College, and a new saxophone quartet for the Resurgam Quartet and a small consortium including the Fuego and Kenari Quartets! These will be done in late-2017 and early-2018.

There are already several performances of my works coming up this fall, and more will be confirmed soon!

Phew, okay, I think that’s about everything. Until next time…

-TKS