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March 6, 2019

Katherine Weintraub will perform Ñamandu for alto saxophone and interactive electronics at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 6 Conference on March 24th (1:30 pm) at the University of Mississippi. The NASA Regional Conference is a wonderful gathering of saxophonists from the Southeast U.S., and I'm excited that my piece will be heard by new audiences, especially of saxophonists! This will be the sixth performance of Ñamandu since it was first performed 9 months ago.

This piece was so fun to write (and perform) that I'm starting to think about another sax + electronics pairing.

Meanwhile, I'll be going to the NASA Region 2 conference at the University of Arizona this week. I don't have any pieces on the program this time but I'm looking forward to hearing some incredible music and making new friends.

February 2, 2019

My recent piece for saxophone and interactive electroacoustics, Ñamandu, will be performed tomorrow at the Florida State University Festival of New Music by saxophonist Geoffrey Deibel! I'm thrilled to have my music presented at this great festival! 

https://fsufnm.github.io/

August 18, 2018

Ñamandu has now been performed twice! The world premiere was performed by Katherine Weintraub last month at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia, and the second performance was at the Applause New Music Concert Series in Mansfield, TX. Mansfield is near Dallas, my hometown, so not only was I able to go and hear the piece performed for the first time, many of my family and friends were able to be there too.

After writing two pieces for Katherine and communicating electronically for the past two years, it was great to finally meet her and hear her play in person! She played with energy and finesse far beyond what I could have envisioned when creating the piece.

A little more about the piece:

Ñamandu is the name of the creator deity in the folklore of the Mbya-Guaraní people of central South America (mostly present-day Paraguay). One of the interesting things about their creation story (the Ayvu-Rapyta) is that several creatures are present with Ñamandu at creation....

July 5, 2018

My newest piece, Ñamandú for saxophone and interactive electronics, is going to be premiered on July 12 at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. Katherine Weintraub commissioned the piece and will perform it along with In Rarefied Air, the solo piece I wrote for her last year. I'm honored to collaborate with such a high-calibre musician as Katherine - she's doing an amazing job with it, and her performance is going to be fantastic! Here's the recital information. This will be the first performance of my music at the World Saxophone Congress, and in Croatia - I'm very excited to have my music heard by new audiences!

I'd like to explain some of my process for creating this piece. I returned to the visual programming environment Max/MSP to create the electronic sounds, like I did for Draconids several years ago. It had been a while since I had used Max so the Electronic Music and Sound Design series by Cipriani and Giri helped me get back into it! I enjoy the flexibility of...

March 22, 2018


Next week, the Saxophone Ensemble at the LUCA School of the Arts in Leuven, Belgium, directed by Tom De Haes, will perform Prestidigitations in a 12-saxophone arrangement!

The performance will occur on March 29, 2018.

Visit here for the concert listing.

Good luck to the ensemble!!!

October 13, 2017

Huge congrats and thank you to ChamberLab and the ChamberLab Quartet for last night's amazing performance!! Check out their upcoming projects at www.chamberlab.org

October 11, 2017

Last night the TCU Symphony Orchestra performed Roque Cordero's Piano Concerto in E minor with soloist Tuyen Tonnu, conducted by Germán Gutiérrez as part of the annual Latin American Festival. I had the privilege of engraving the score and parts from Cordero's hand-written score. This was my largest scale engraving project to date and a great opportunity to learn about Cordero's music! 

September 11, 2017

On October 12, ChamberLab, Tucson's alt-classical, D.I.Y. chamber music concert series, will be presenting a concert of string quartets at Hotel Congress, in which my piece Carnival will be performed. This will be my first performance in Tucson, which has been my home for the past year. This will also be the first performance of Carnival in almost 10 years! ChamberLab is an awesome group. If you're in Tucson, you should come out to the show... it's going to be great!

April 12, 2017

Katherine Weintraub delivered a stellar premiere of my latest work, "In Rarefied Air," at the North American Saxophone Alliance Southeast Conference in March. This piece was fun to write - each contrasting section brought to mind a landscape or environment that I tried to connect in a meaningful way, so that by listening to it you get a sense of having made a journey. I thought Katherine's performance really brought a brilliance and color to those imagined landscapes, not to mention some impressive execution of very high register passages! Click to listen!

Also check out the program notes here.

April 2, 2017

I'm returning from the SCI National Conference at Western Michigan University. It was a weekend jam-packed with eleven concerts of excellent music and a chance to catch up with familiar faces and make new acquaintances. My piano solo, Gravitons, was performed last night by Dutcher Snedeker, who did a fantastic job! Congrats to everyone involved, and thanks to the faculty at WMU for putting together such a top-notch conference!

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Katherine Weintraub will perform Ñamandu for alto saxophone and interactive electronics at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 6 Conference on March 24th (1:30 pm) at the University of Mississippi. The NASA Regional Conference is a wonderful gathering of saxophonists from the Southeast U.S., and I'm excited that my piece will be heard by new audiences, especially of saxophonists! This will be the sixth performance of Ñamandu since it was first performed 9 months ago.

This piece was so fun to write (and perform) that I'm starting to think about another sax + electronics pairing.

Meanwhile, I'll be going to the NASA Region 2 conference at the University of Arizona this week. I don't hav...

My recent piece for saxophone and interactive electroacoustics, Ñamandu, will be performed tomorrow at the Florida State University Festival of New Music by saxophonist Geoffrey Deibel! I'm thrilled to have my music presented at this great festival! 

https://fsufnm.github.io/

Ñamandu has now been performed twice! The world premiere was performed by Katherine Weintraub last month at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia, and the second performance was at the Applause New Music Concert Series in Mansfield, TX. Mansfield is near Dallas, my hometown, so not only was I able to go and hear the piece performed for the first time, many of my family and friends were able to be there too.

After writing two pieces for Katherine and communicating electronically for the past two years, it was great to finally meet her and hear her play in person! She played with energy and finesse far beyond what I could have envisioned when creating the piece.

A little more about the...

My newest piece, Ñamandú for saxophone and interactive electronics, is going to be premiered on July 12 at the World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb, Croatia. Katherine Weintraub commissioned the piece and will perform it along with In Rarefied Air, the solo piece I wrote for her last year. I'm honored to collaborate with such a high-calibre musician as Katherine - she's doing an amazing job with it, and her performance is going to be fantastic! Here's the recital information. This will be the first performance of my music at the World Saxophone Congress, and in Croatia - I'm very excited to have my music heard by new audiences!

I'd like to explain some of my process for creating this piece...


Next week, the Saxophone Ensemble at the LUCA School of the Arts in Leuven, Belgium, directed by Tom De Haes, will perform Prestidigitations in a 12-saxophone arrangement!

The performance will occur on March 29, 2018.

Visit here for the concert listing.

Good luck to the ensemble!!!

Huge congrats and thank you to ChamberLab and the ChamberLab Quartet for last night's amazing performance!! Check out their upcoming projects at www.chamberlab.org

On October 12, ChamberLab, Tucson's alt-classical, D.I.Y. chamber music concert series, will be presenting a concert of string quartets at Hotel Congress, in which my piece Carnival will be performed. This will be my first performance in Tucson, which has been my home for the past year. This will also be the first performance of Carnival in almost 10 years! ChamberLab is an awesome group. If you're in Tucson, you should come out to the show... it's going to be great!

Katherine Weintraub delivered a stellar premiere of my latest work, "In Rarefied Air," at the North American Saxophone Alliance Southeast Conference in March. This piece was fun to write - each contrasting section brought to mind a landscape or environment that I tried to connect in a meaningful way, so that by listening to it you get a sense of having made a journey. I thought Katherine's performance really brought a brilliance and color to those imagined landscapes, not to mention some impressive execution of very high register passages! Click to listen!

Also check out the program notes here.

I'm returning from the SCI National Conference at Western Michigan University. It was a weekend jam-packed with eleven concerts of excellent music and a chance to catch up with familiar faces and make new acquaintances. My piano solo, Gravitons, was performed last night by Dutcher Snedeker, who did a fantastic job! Congrats to everyone involved, and thanks to the faculty at WMU for putting together such a top-notch conference!

Angelo Favis will include my guitar solo, El Cucuy, in his guest artist recital at Louisiana Tech University on September 24th!

I wrote El Cucuy in 2010 and revised it last year. It was inspired by the legendary "Cucuy" - a Latin American legend similar to the boogeyman. 

This will be its second public performance, and I'm honored that Angelo has brought his superb artistry to my music!

See more about the piece here!

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