A taste of the Boston Modern Brass March 17th concert; a snippet from the end of Henry Brant’s The Fourth Millennium:

Busy March: 3/1 Britten Copland Harbison w/New England Philharmonic; 3/7 Sciarrino w/Sound Icon; 3/8 CRWE; 3/17 Boston Modern Brass

We are now less than two weeks away from the second concert I’ve put together with Boston Modern Brass, Round and In-Between. We’re trying out a new space in the Theater at the Cambridge YMCA in Central Square and pending receipt and testing of some equipment we will be livestreaming the concert as well.  Looking forward to playing world premieres by my good friend Aaron Jay Myers and our horn player Yoni Kahn as well as some great, quirky pieces by William Mayer, Ralph Shapey, Hans Abrahamsen and John Huggler.

The first concert of Hyman Bloom Project is approaching this Thursday, May 17th at 8 PM at Alpha Gallery and includes the premier of the first section of my piece Christmas Tree for string trio. This is the first in a larger series of works based on the numerous Christmas Trees that Hyman Bloom painted throughout his life.  Each piece, scored for different standard trios of instruments is constructed to be performed singly, or in simultaneous sounding combination with any or all of the other trios, recalling Bloom’s extensive set of paintings and drawings of forests in Maine.  Formally, the piece follows the painting horizontally across the canvas in imperfect symmetry, ending on the central fulcrum of the unseen trunk, musically represented by a nearly unrecognizable quote of a well known, contextually appropriate tune.

The updates keep coming at a torrential pace don’t they? It seems like it would be a good idea to announce here that I was recently selected to compose a new piece for the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, conducted by Eric Hewitt, as detailed here. I will post more information once I have it, but the concert that the piece will be premiered on will take place in February, 2010. Someday I’ll get around to adding some of the pieces I have written over the past year.

I just had the honor of playing the opening fanfare (on herald trumpet no less) for Harvard’s ceremony awarding an honorary degree to Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy. The Archived Webcast can be found here. Shortly after Kennedy’s touchdown you will see the cameras zoom up into the rafters of Sanders Theatre right onto my torso. I also played principal trumpet in the premiere of Ryan Streber’s piece for Wind Ensemble, Distortions, the recording of which can be found on his website.