Teaching songwriting seems an oxymoron to some; don’t songs just flow? We know it’s true, as many songwriters tell us so. Why I’ve had that experience myself! And yet, having studied music since age 5, and barely remembering a time before I would run to…
“…Judith Shatin’s music has been well received in the pages of this magazine, including by myself. I have commented on her strong ability to create a narrative pulse in her work, calling her a natural story teller. That quality is much in evidence in this…
First up, on Monday, March 24, at 8:00 p.m. in Old Cabell Auditorium, pianist Seung-Hye Kim will perform a program of new piano music, featuring pieces composed at UVA. I’m delighted that she will perform the Charlottesville premiere of To Keep the Dark Away, inspired…
There is something wonderful about the combination of low-tech & hi-tech, about participation that is open to all coupled with music made from the everyday world around us. Every time I conduct Tape Music∞, as I did last weekend during my portrait concert at the…
Instrumentation: Stereo Electronics Duration: 7:14 Premiere 5/20/13 Atlantic Center for the Arts New Smyrna Beach, FL Program Note Tape Music is a meditation on tape as a collection of materials that are emblematic of our throwaway culture and yet can be used to mend items…
Being in Time is an Arts-in-Action project sponsored by the University of Virginia. Scored for conductor-controlled electronics, wind ensemble, and interactive video, it reflects a collaborative effort by team members from the McIntire Department of Music and Engineering School. I will introduce the piece on Friday, 4/18/14 at 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. at Open Grounds, on the Corner at UVA. The premiere has been scheduled for the fall of 2014.
The BIT (Being in Time) team convened in Old Cabell Auditorium at UVA to test the conductor gestural controls of the electronic sound using the Kinect Controller. It worked like a charm. Next up is testing the interactive video control using amplitude, activity level and frequency bands. And, of course working on our video content, inspired by night sky images from right here in Charlottesville. Stay tuned for more!
Tenor Sax, electronic playback and optional video