MAP Fund Makes First Awards With New Process

I’ve been working with the MAP Fund for the last few years as a consultant. Last week we announced this year’s round of grantees, including some amazing artists. Congratulations to all of you – go make art! MAP’s a great program. They’ve been around since the 80s giving grants to performing arts projects that don’t […]

So This is What Prufrock Sounds Like on a Bari…

I’ve been working with Ian Richter for, well, almost five years. That’s a weird thought. In that time he’s been a great collaborator. He’s talented, he’s dedicated, he’s funny, and he plays the hell out of my music. Just this morning he sent me a message saying “hey, so I tried this piece you wrote […]

The Burial of the Dead with The Sound Ensemble

Yes, that’s the same picture of The Sound Ensemble. Jim Holt is a good photographer. The concert is this Saturday, 7 PM, at the Chapel at the Good Shepherd Center in Wallingford. You should come out and hear it. Here’s the Live Music Project listing with more details. I went to rehearsal last night for […]

First Dorico Project and an Orchestra Performance

I just finished my first project with Dorico, and I want to tell you about it. It’s a new orchestration of The Burial of the Dead for The Sound Ensemble; the concert is on March 4 in Seattle. Come hear it. The photo above, taken by James Holt, is of Bobby Collins, the music director […]

Put Your Money Where My Mouth Is

Art isn’t a reflection of the culture we want to have, or a commentary on it, or anything secondary. It actually IS the culture. It matters. A lot. Art can’t save the world by itself, but we can’t save the world without art. So. Here are some great organizations I’m working with that you can […]

User Testing, Play Testing, and Composing Music

My friends who mastermind the arts salon/dinner party series With Interesting People were kind enough to let me run an experiment on their guests last night. (Btw, the photo is of dates stuffed with goat cheese and almonds, alongside some mango & persimmon, all drizzled with honey. The chef, Phil Lacey, is pretty darn good.) […]

NUMUS Northwest and a call for submissions

The Seattle new music community is amazing. I got here in February, and the composers, musicians, and fans here have blown me away with their welcoming attitude, their commitment, and their straight up talent. This January, I and a bunch of really smart talented committed folks are organizing a one-day new music festival: NUMUS Northwest. […]

Hosting #musochat tomorrow!

Musochat is awesome. It’s a weekly twitter chat for the new music crowd, discussing issues that matter to us. Sometimes they’re straight up artistic issues, and sometimes they’re more about business-y how-to-survive-while-doing-this-stuff kind of things. Tomorrow night I’ve finally caved and am hosting Musochat (the hosts rotate every week). I’m going to be asking questions […]

The MAP Fund is open for submissions

I’ve been working with the MAP Fund for almost two years, and this week the MAP Fund opened its annual funding round. It’s been a privilege to work with such a talented and dedicated staff on designing a simpler application system and streamlined process. We chose Submittable as a grantmaking platform. The product came out […]