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For my grandfather

Gramps died. You may have heard about it. It was sudden, but peaceful. Losing him was really hard, but the memorial service and other rituals of mourning did help to handle the grief. Gramps, Wesley A. Clark, designed the first personal computer, and that’s what most people knew about him....

Finishing the Rose is Finished!

Thanks first to the commissioning consortium without whom this project wouldn’t have happened, and you wouldn’t have a chance to hear the piece performed so many times in the next year: Ian Richter Hanna Van Rooijen Zachary Herchen Elisabeth Halliday Ben Learish Sean Meyers Tyrone Page Ana Kupstas Thanks especially...

Speaking at Brown

Next week I’m joining a really interesting conference that Sydney Skybetter has put together at Brown University. It’s a conference on the future of gestural interfaces. But Sydney calls them, I think rightly, choreographic interfaces. Sydney’s a choreographer, not a sensor designer or any kind of engineer. He’s looking at...

Mellon Foundation artist survey

Artists – help gather some data. I just took this survey, and I think it’s worthwhile to participate. The questions are about income and health insurance, work/life balance, etc.: in other words, stuff that’s really important to artists. Under ordinary circumstances, I wouldn’t write a full blog post about a...

53 More Projects

We awarded another 53 projects yesterday at New Music USA. It was the fifth round of project grants awarded under the platform that’s been the center of my life for the last few years. We’ve made it possible for fans to find new music through the granting process, made applying...

Even More New Grantmaking at New Music USA

We just opened a new grant program at New Music USA, providing general operating support (that is, unrestricted money) to small new music ensembles and venues based in New York City. If that’s you, go apply to the New Music Impact Fund. I’m writing about it because my team has...

Composing on Trello

I’ve never written a piece using a project management tool before. It’s almost certainly not for everyone, but I totally love it. The best part is being able to easily sort & rearrange my notes. With a paper notebook, or loose paper, you can’t move individual sentences around. I tend...

Working in the open as a composer

I live among the worlds of technology, art, and philanthropy. A lot of my job is based on learning lessons from one of those and figuring out how to apply them to the other two; it’s pretty fun. Usually I get to bring new insights to my job at New...

Ian is organizing a consortium

Hey there sports fans. Ian Richter is organizing a commissioning consortium for my new saxophone and soprano duet, Finishing The Rose. I wrote about my initial thoughts before Thanksgiving. I really like the way Ian is structuring the consortium, with very low fees for co-commissioners, and even lower for students....

Help me write my talk for the New Music Gathering

This morning my plea for help went up on NewMusicBox. I’ll let you read the whole thing there, but basically I’m looking for case studies of decisions new music types are making in their careers. I want to hear how you’re thinking about a decision, and see if the work...

How to be Machaut

So I’m writing this piece for Ian Richter and Hanna van Rooijen. It’s a saxophone and soprano piece, meant to be performable alongside Lori Laitman’s saxophone and soprano pieces. In fact, that’s how they’re going to premiere it in March of next year while Ian is still on his Fulbright)....

Economics at the New Music Gathering

I’m doing it again. I’m going to a conference full of composers and new music freaks to talk about the inflation curve. I love the New Music Gathering. It’s a great event full of love for the music, and for the people who make it. It’s fantastic. And this year...