I am thrilled to announce that ADAGIO has been nominated for a Latin Grammy! I've always wanted to be nominated for a Latin Grammy more than a regular Grammy so this is very special for me. Fingers crossed!
I recently redesigned my website and spent some time searching for past reviews that I may have missed. I came across a few interesting comments that didn't make it to my site (try finding them for yourself!) but in the process I discovered a fantastic blog dedicated to dance in NYC, Oberon's Grove. The blog's author, Philip Gardner, had attended one of my collaborations with KDNY Dance in 2009 and wrote a nice entry about it. After reading through his blog, my calendar is marked up with must-see performances. I'm looking forward to a Fall filled with dance!
I am so excited to be working with Écouter Ensemble on Project Three. I'll be writing a new piece for them, two flutes and cello, based on the idea of changing pulse. Hearing them in NY over the summer has given me many ideas for the new work.
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I'm just getting started on what is to be my summer project: a song cycle for mezzo-soprano Solange Merdinian based on the poetry and art of Steve Clark. Solange and I met Steve in the winter of 2011 while were we wandering around SoHo. We passed by a gallery opening that was titled The Girl is Blue and Refuses To Sing. Intrigued by the concept, we went inside to catch the very end of the event. Most of the people had already left but luckily Steve was still there. Struck by the texture and musicality of his art, I introduced myself and spoke about being influenced by visual art in my own music. Aside from being an incredible artist, Steve is also an accomplished poet and we were soon planning a song cycle set to his bilingual set of poems, Desde Las Cenizas. I had gotten involved in a few large dance projects and Blind Ear events that consumed most of my time, so I had put the song cycle on reserve for a while. Now I finally have a chance to write this piece that has been in my head for two years. Although I've just begun working on Cenizas, it is the most fun I have had composing in a while. I can't wait for you all to hear it!