Howling Winds

All right here is the show as promised!
Below you will find the program and each of the six pieces (plus a really fun encore!) listed in order. Click on the program to enlarge and see more information.  Hit the back arrow of your browser to exit this view.
In the bottom right corner of each video, you will find an HD option and a full screen option. Toggle these as your device allows.

Howling Winds was a blast to perform, and I am excited to finally share it with all of you!
Thanks again to Patricia, Blair, Anita and Rene for making this show happen.
Enjoy!

 

Upcoming Performance in New York City

Hello everyone!  Summer is here, and I hope it is bringing sunshine and lemonade to everyone this year.  I would like to announce that I will be performing at Abrons Art Center on Monday June 13th for the New York City Electro-Acoustic Music Festival (NYCEMF). The show starts at 8pm, and I am the second performer after intermission. I will be playing Hiromi Watanabe’s Anamnese for flute and electronics via Max/msp. Come check it out if you are in NYC! You won’t be disappointed 🙂

New Piece, Updates and Extended Horizons Project Volume II

Hello all – It’s well into January now, and that means it’s time for Extended Horizons Project Volume II!  To start the season off, I have posted two of the videos that I used for grad school applications. Take a listen and keep your fingers crossed for me…

The first video is of an improvisation with Katie Levine on piano and Julio Lopez on violin.  Thanks so much Julio and Katie for lending me your fantastic musicianship!

The second video is of a piece I wrote called ‘Spectrum.’  This is my latest piece, composed for flute alone.  The piece uses primarily multiphonic tremolos and takes some of its inspiration from Seattle’s own Neil Welch.  The form of the piece is modeled after traditional jazz improvisation, minus the changes.  There is a ‘head’ at the beginning and a modified repetition of it at the end, with the middle section being an improvisation using the material in the head as a guide and point of departure.  There will be a better quality audio version on SoundCloud soon.  Hope you all are having a wonderful winter, and thanks for listening.

Dream Acoustics

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In a massive cathedral with vaulted ceilings of gold and engraved wood, I am playing the flute with an ensemble that includes violin, cello and harpsichord.  The music is 21st Century Baroque.  Intricate melodies interweave with strange harmonies, percussive sounds and otherworldly harmonics, creating a rich tapestry of the threads of the ancient and the avant-garde.  The room is vast and open, without benches, dwarfing the audience in folding chairs listening intently as to a sermon.  Behind me is a grand fountain with curtains of water splashing delicately in the oversized pool below, which is filled with exotic goldfish.  The sound of the quartet threads itself through the rafters, creating a fourth dimension to the music that pours forth from our instruments.

I awoke with this dream about a week ago, and how sad was I that it had only been a dream!  But perhaps it is not impossible.  In the meantime, I would like to make a reappearance onto the digital stage with some updates:

1)  I have been relatively silent lately because I am in the process of getting applications ready for grad school.  In the coming weeks I will be making video recordings to send off to NYU, Mills College in Oakland, California and University of California at Irvine.  I might even post these videos to my website, so keep an eye out!

2)  Extended Horizons may seem to have come to a close – but only for now.  Keep an ear out for Extended Horizons Volume 2, new an improved with added features, to begin in early January after my applications have been mailed off.

3)  In the meantime, I thought I might share a soundcloud posted by Second Inversion which features members of the Seattle Symphony performing Ligeti String Quartet No.1, “Métamorphoses nocturnes”.  I can’t get enough of this recording, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Eric Barber & friends: Hush

Fall is officially here, and already it’s a busy one.  As you all know, I was lucky enough to have the chance to perform with Eric Barber at the Chapel last night.  It was a quiet gig; the theme of the evening was to explore the possibilities of the dynamic range from mf (medium-loud) and below.  Also, there were three people in the audience.  But it was a lot of fun, and man does it sound good in there.  I wish I could practice in the Chapel…

The performance was entirely free improvisation and included Carmen Rothwell on bass, Mike Gebhart on percussion, Christian Pincock, trombone and of course Eric Barber on saxophones. Please check these fabulous musicians out.

Thanks so much Maggie for coming out hear us play!

Upcoming Gig: the Chapel

Alright, here we are into September already.  Growing spiders lurk in trees next to solitary yellow leaves and, despite the lingering warm temperatures, there is a subtle bite in the air.  School has started (for those who are still stuck going!) and the Autumn Equinox is less than two weeks away.  And on September 27th, I will performing at The Chapel Performance Space with the wonderful Eric Barber.  Here is the text from the listing on http://www.waywardmusic.org/event/eric-barber/:

HUSH – music of the lower decibel persuasion

 

We’ll be creating some beautiful improvisations in the Chapel that will focus on the wide dynamic range from medium to quite quiet. Featuring Carmen Rothwell, bass; Mike Gebhart, percussion; Christian Pincock, trombone; Ammon Swinbank, flutes; and Eric Barber, saxophones.

Here is more about Eric Barber: http://www.ericbarbermusic.com/.  I will be very grateful to all those who are able to make it out to this event.  It will be the first time that I perform at The Chapel, and I look forward to it with eager anticipation.

Extended Horizons, 9.5.2014

For this weeks post, I have uploaded an improvisation based on some material for a flute solo I am currently working on.  The materials included are pitch bends, altered timbres and my latest obsession: multiphonic tremoli (you have probably heard these in my previous posts).  Most of the sounds in this piece are based on the fingering for low B with different keys either vented or trilled, or both.  I have managed to scrawl a rough draft of this piece finally, and perhaps soon there will be a post of the piece itself.  In the meantime this improvisation will hold its place.