I was inspired by a few other year-in-review posts like this one by Tammy Evans Yonce. This year felt a little "slower" professionally, but I was still able to do some interesting things I wanted to share again. Here are some highlights.
In January, I attended the Florida International Toy Piano Festival, which is a funky DIY festival in the Tampa/St.Pete area. Amy O'Dell performed hammers twice. I gave a lecture about Cage's Music for Amplified Toy Pianos in connection with the idea of "vital materiality" developed by Jane Bennett.
As soon as I got back, we adopted our puppy, Puck! He's some kind of Dachshund/Terrier mix. Rescue mutts are the way to go -- we found him through Friends of Pitt County Animal Shelter.
In February I traveled to Austin Peay State University in Tennessee to attend the College Music Society Southern Regional Conference. I presented a very shortened version of my dissertation, titled "Object-Oriented Composition."
I traveled again in March to Nebraska for the the University of Nebraska Kearney New Music Festival. I led a "composer conversations" session about the influence of instruments on compositions, which was a lot of fun. UNK faculty Brian Alber and Anthony Donofrio performed ripples as well.
A major project on my home turf was a 25-minute dance piece called object/obstruct which was choreographed by fellow ECU faculty Teal Darkenwald, John Dixon, David Ingram, and Marissa Nesbit. I reused previous pieces A Cave and white balance, and composed about 12 minutes of new music. This was a massive work with about 20 dancers, lots of paper, and a tarp. Watch it below:
On May 19, I married my soulmate, Candace! She plays horn and teaches yoga. You should hire her because she's awesome.
June. I took a much-needed hiatus from the Charlotte New Music Festival this year, which gave me some free time to relax and work on some sound sculptures/installations. I have had the ideas for these for many years, and finally had the right opportunity to put on a small gallery show. I rented a space called MoxiePOP in downtown Greenville, NC, brought some wine, and hung out and talked with people as they checked out these pieces.
Summer is much slower at my job, so I was able to finish composing several lingering projects: a vibraphone+Max piece for Victor Pons, a wind ensemble piece, a piece for Hypercube, a clarinet+viola piece for Violet, and a woodwind quintet for ECU faculty.
This October, I collaborated with choreographer Marissa Nesbit again. This time, she took my toy piano piece hammers and created a dance piece with it. Easier for me! I performed on stage with the dancers 4 times. It was a lot of fun!
I also worked with choreographer Arlynn Zachary, who is based in Greensboro, NC. We created a piece called Listen which has 6 dancers, singing bowls, and a soundtrack made of bowls, whispers, singing, and electronic sounds. They presented two workshop performances at UNC Greensboro in November, and will repeat the piece on the Greensboro Fringe Fest in early 2018.
In December, after fall semester, I was fortunate to find some folks to record a few existing pieces which hadn't been premiered or recorded: