composer FAIL #102

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Mr. Julius, don’t be sad: rejections happen.

Greetings from Interlochen! I have just wrapped up Week 1 teaching young composers, going to fabulous concerts, and…experiencing the joys of cafeteria food when I can’t make it to Traverse City. Alas.

Now that I have some semblance of internet in my rustic cabin (oh man, should I post pictures online?), I can now post rejection letters that have been sitting in my inbox since…December 28, 2016.

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But HEY, congrats to Katherine Balch for winning this residency. (Just saying, women write music too.)


In other good news, I will be recording a podcast interview this week with Anthony Joseph Lanman of the 1 Track Podcast. Should be fun!

recording the third quince album

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Last week I did a thing (or more like the Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble did a thing): I/they recorded Prisoner of Conscience.

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(Goodness, I think I was wearing the same shirt as Liz Lemon.)

Here are some photos. Enjoy!

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Thanks Liz!

 

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Dan adjusting the mics.
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Quince recording the text in between while the others wait in the booth.
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Yes, this is a staged shot.
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#SASS
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I kind of miss these headphones.

 

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For the record, this is Carrie’s jar of peanut butter.
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Breakfast.
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They made me do it! They made me do it! (Yes, I have a cameo on this album.)

composer cocktail #2

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Miss you Quince Ladies.

Before I revive my second composer FAIL, I’d like to share with you a podcast I recently recorded with my good friends Andrew Martin Smith and host Rob McClure on ADJ•ective New Music’s podcast Lexical Tones entitled “Over Drinks – Saariaho.”

Get it? Drinks? Cocktails? DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE???

But seriously, once upon a time I saw approximately 5-10 minutes of Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de Loin and hated it. Why? The plot was was this: boy pines girl, girl pines boy, boy gets on a boat to actually meet girl he’s pining over, HE DIES, THE END.

What can I say, the synopsis sucks.

However, I did have a change of heart and you should listen to it.

Continue reading “composer cocktail #2”

composer FAIL #101

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If you guys ask for more composer FAILs, you will receive more composer FAILs.

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I don’t remember what I submitted, but that’s okay: I actually have a few performances this week. (If only I could chat with my twenty-year-old self and tell her that everything will work out okay, I would…)

Austin, I am coming at you!

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