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Maxine's cucumber manhattan

Maxine’s Cucumber Manhattan

This cocktail is for my grandfather, Wesley Clark, and his wife, Maxine Rockoff. Not only are Gramps and Maxine generous backers of Cucumbers and Gin, they’re also welcoming the production into their home. When we shoot on April 2, we’ll be shooting in their lovely apartment with an incredible view...

Mona's martini

Mona’s Martini

Mona Seghatoleslami is a lovely viola player and a very old friend. We took music theory together in high school and climbed trees and talked about The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Now she lives in West Virginia and is a classical music public radio personality. I think once...

Prufrock tomorrow, Gershwin Hotel, 3 PM

Prufrock tomorrow, Gershwin Hotel, 3 PM

Tomorrow, as a cap to their rollickingly successful Kickstarter campaign, No Signal alums Zach Herchen and Elisabeth Halliday are giving a concert at the Gershwin Hotel. Tickets are $10. The program includes my piece for Zach, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, which Zach really owns every time he...

Ear to Mind panel at Exapno

Ear to Mind panel at Exapno

Yesterday I spoke on a panel about the state of contemporary music, hosted by a great new organization, Ear to Mind. Ear to Mind, led by Meg Wilhoite and Inhyun Kim, is a group devoted to the interface between contemporary music and the other arts, with an eye to which...

Dr. Ueno's Wild Thing

Dr. Ueno’s Wild Thing

I’d like to announce the first cocktail recipe for the backers of Cucumbers and Gin: Dr. Ueno’s wild thing. Ken Ueno was our very first backer and, knowing the sophistication of his palate, I knew we’d have to come up with something special. Ken requested something spicy, and something with...

34 hours to go

Thirty Thirty Thirty Four Hours to go-uh-oh……

  We’re nearly there, guys. Kickstarter’s counting down to the finish in hours instead of days at this point. And thanks to our current crop of 32 backers, we’ve raised $1,000 – well over the $750 goal. I was really nervous when we started this campaign, but it’s turned out...

Peabody’s all over Kickstarter

Peabody’s all over Kickstarter

And that means either that we’re a bunch of clever musicians on the leading edge of the new creative economy, or that we’re all desperately in need of cash. One of those two. It’s great to see so many of my Peabody classmates and collaborators trying something new, and I’m...

Cucumbers and Gin met its goal.

You may have seen my post on Twitter late last night, but this big news of the day is that Cucumbers and Gin met its fundraising goal of $750. Right now we have $820 pledged and every dollar we raise between now and the deadline on December 24th means we...

Front Page of Kickstarter!

There we are! Right on the front! Cucumbers and Gin made the front page. When a project makes the front page of Kickstarter it’s a huge help to the fundraising effort. The boost comes partly from just the extra traffic that you get on the front page, and partly from...

Testing Sound Cloud

I’ve had an ongoing question about how to present large audio files on this site. Right now I’ve got small ones hosted myself that play as simple streaming files. For larger files, easier sharing, and on the general principle that you should embed media, not host it, I’m trying out...

Emerging Voices Project

Zachary Herchen and Elisabeth Halliday are launching a commissioning and recording project called Emerging Voices. Both No Signal alumni, they’re commissioning a couple new pieces for soprano and saxophone, including from Adam Knauss – another No Signal alum. George Lam of Rhymes With Opera and Kathleen Bader are also writing...

Cucumbers and Gin: Kickstarter Project is a go!

Cucumbers and Gin: Kickstarter Project is a go!

Cucumbers & Gin just kicked off its fundraising period – we’re finishing on Christmas Eve, and with your help we’ll be able to make a great recording and performance film. I’ve just joined my family for Thanksgiving, but wherever you are, please check out our project and our great rewards: