21Mar

A lot of composing going on…

So – right now I have three pieces that are all due to people in the next 2 weeks — 1st – an electronic piece that will be used for a dance concert. It is about 5 minutes and is a change for me – It will be completely created and performed with midi tracks — the piece is designed to mimic robots and represent soldiers who are incapable of functioning with an emotion – they merely do what the are told – they too are robots…

The 2nd piece is a being choreographed by a great dancer, Alison Kolinski – she is SO talented. She asked if I would write a piece that she could set in the style of Irish step dancing — so, I am writing an American version of Irish-step dancing — a little hoe-down, a little Lord of the Dance and a pinch of several authentic irish fiddle tunes — It will be for solo violin and cello… because…

3rd – I have two great young girls who are graduating this June and they are both very talented. Usually I feature seniors who have put in their dues and are very advanced, by having them play a concerto with the orchestra at school. They asked that they play something together and they hoped I would write something for them. I have decided to continue the Irish-step theme and write a concerto I am calling the Gaelic Concerto – which will be a multi-movement work that will pay homage to the wonderful and vast collection of music that is Scottish, Irish, Celtic, etc. – The third movement of the piece will be the Irish-step piece from the dance concert — sometimes it is useful to be economical…

By the way — I just posted a new youtube clip of a piece that I did earlier this month in NYC — It is the 3rd movement from a piece called “LUX” – for soprano soloist, choir and small orchestra – the soloist in this performance was Ellen Zimmer Lewis – she did an amazing job — she’s my wife, maybe I am prejudice!! Enjoy!

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