I’ve recently sent off the score and part for the brand-spankin’-new Sonatina for Violin and Piano to Alyssa Saint, who will give the premiere performance sometime this fall. I’m thrilled with the way it turned out; each movement seems to do exactly what I wanted it to, from the simple elegance of the first movement, [...]
Todd Smith has emailed to tell me that he and Kindall NeSmith will give a repeat performance of Distances Between Us at the Columbia College Saxophone Summer Camp on Monday. As I said on FB, the way to a composer’s heart is through repeat performances of a commissioned work! I’m thrilled to know this piece [...]
In addition to my recent work on Matthew Coley’s Glass House Concerto (which you can read about here), I’ve also been working on a small side project that seems to be yielding good things, and which has made me ever more mindful of my tiny place in the tradition of American music and its fascinating [...]
April is turning out to be a busy month: Three Whitman Lullabyes were performed last weekend, and before the end of the month there’ll be performances of New Resources (Iowa), Roadtrip Sunrise (California), and at the Hartt School the Songs of Introspection and the premiere of Distances Between Us.
I’m also putting the finishing touches on [...]
Matthew Coley and the Iowa State University Percussion Ensemble will perform New Resources two times in March/April. Once at the Iowa “Days of Percussion” event in Davenport and once at Iowa State in Ames. Check out the “Where’s Andrew?” section area of the website for more information.
New Resources is the only piece from my undergrad [...]
I’ve just sent off the score and parts for Distances Between Us, Rhapsody for Alto Saxophone, Trumpet and Piano, the first piece of 2011. If you’re in the know as far as saxophone repertoire goes, you’ll get the reference to Distances Within Me, John Anthony Lennon’s superb work for sax and piano. My new work [...]
On Monday I returned to Hartford after spending three days in Stockton, CA for the premiere of Postcards from Laramie by the St. John’s Chamber Orchestra. During the flight to California, we passed over Laramie, Wyoming, and it struck me that the themes of the new piece, the juxtaposition of the present and the past, [...]
It’s been a couple of months since I’ve blogged (since right after Thanksgiving, to be precise), mostly because the end of the semester was so hectic, and because our trip to California for the holidays was so insane thanks to Snowmageddon 2010. Despite getting home a bit later than we’d planned, my break has been [...]
Even with the onslaught of end-of-the-term papers and presentations, I was still able to carve out time during Thanksgiving to spend some time with friends and to experience one of those wonderful moments that recharges both mind and spirit.
In the last year I’ve completed four somewhat large-ish works (about an hour of music), given a [...]
Yesterday was the final dress rehearsal before ISU’s premiere performance of *SAR. I think today’s performance is going to be a stunner. The growth I’ve witnessed since Tuesday’s rehearsal has been nothing short of amazing. Music aside, the positive “I can do that” attitude and good-naturedness of the entire group has been something to [...]