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I always get ideas at concerts

I always get ideas at concerts

I don’t know what it is about live performances, but I always get ideas in concerts or plays. Something about seeing other artists working live always sends my mind straight to whatever project I’m working on. Last week I saw Sondre Lerche and Scott Alexander live, and I came out...

Seafarer Sound Design

Seafarer Sound Design

Zach Herchen‘s come back with a first crack at the sound design for the film version of The Seafarer. The director, Mike Feldman, and I are very, very pleased. Listening to the cut a couple times, I’m faced with the reality that I have very little background in how to judge...

Busy Week

Busy Week

This has been a busy, busy week. Last Thursday, the film version of The Seafarer screened at a Thesia Arts event.  The film, not quite finished, was very well received. It was screened in the company of about a half dozen other films, including experimental mixed media animation, a pop...

Zach Herchen playing at the Stone

Zach Herchen playing at the Stone

Just a reminder for everyone – next Wednesday (March 3rd, 2010, 10 PM) Zach Herchen is going to play a bunch of awesome new pieces for saxophone at The Stone. Among them is the piece I wrote for Zach, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, which sets the poem of...

The Seafarer – screening at White Rabbit 2-25

The Seafarer – screening at White Rabbit 2-25

Surprise! Thesia Arts will be screening a nearly-finished version of The Seafarer tomorrow night! The event is a fundraiser with screenings of several new short films by up-and-coming filmmakers, a happy hour, etc. This will be the first public viewing for the piece, so if you want to see how...

Scoring for Alan

Scoring for Alan

After all my work on film I’m finally doing some scoring. I’ve dome film adaptations of my work as a director and producer, and I’ve done producing and fundraising work on other people’s films, but I haven’t done any film scoring proper. Alan Jeffries helped out with the Summer’s Twilight...

Thornton Willis

Thornton Willis

Yesterday, instead of watching the super bowl at a party, I spent most of the day helping shoot a documentary about Thornton Willis. Mike Feldman, my longtime collaborator, is the driving force behind the movie, and I was working as a producer. In this case that means I made sure...

Good Meeting

Good Meeting

Last night I met with Summer’s Twilight director Rose Ginsberg, and a potential scenic designer for the piece. In the short term we’re hoping to develop some concept art to help promote and develop the work for the next phase. Of course, in the long term we’re going to actually...

Video of the Summer’s Twilight Reading is up!

Video of the Summer’s Twilight Reading is up!

You know you’ve been waiting for it, and now it’s here. We read Summer’s Twilight on December Fifth, and the video of that workshop performance is ready to go! The musicians did fantastic work, and I can’t wait to get the next version of the piece ready for its next...

Ongoing progress

Ongoing progress

January is turning out to be very busy indeed. At Meet The Composer we’ve got a lot going on, but it’s a fun and productive month as well as a busy one. Compositionally it’s quite different from the last few months. Instead of rehearsals and drafts and deadlines and program...

Scene 6 or Scene 1

Scene 6 or Scene 1

I’ve been thinking about where to go next with Summer’s Twilight. Since the reading I’ve been working on collecting the input of my collaborators and friends, including cast, crew and audience. I think I’ve captured a good amount of the valuable ideas for revisions from the workshop process, but now...

Junior Bach

Junior Bach

This Friday is the Junior Bach concert at Peabody. I haven’t written about the program in a while, but getting Junior Bach up an running is one of my proudest accomplishments. This is a Peabody magazine article about the program, and this video celebrating Peabody’s 150th anniversary describes the program...