On Thursday, October 25th, the Cedar Rapids Opera Theater are presenting their 2018-19 Season Preview Party. I am thrilled to be working with them on an upcoming opera about Grant Wood: I'll let you know more about this work in the coming months. In the meantime, please come to the preview party: tenor Benjamin Kawsky is going to perform my song Flip the Page . In the opera, Grant Wood sings this tune while studying in Paris at the Julian Academy .
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This summer, I had the pleasure of meeting my friends and colleagues from the Prisma group. The conference was held at Ircam , the Institute for Research and Coordination on Acoustics and Music. Örjan Sandred presented his string quartet, Jean Bresson shared his work beyond Open Music: o7 , Jacopo Baboni Schilingi presented his recent projects, asking why would there be no composer in a fashion store? . Andrea Agostini showed the developments in the bach assisted composition library for Max , before Hans Tutschku showed applications of the bach project, when linked to Max, the Kontakt sampler, and more software tools. There were also interesting presentations by Vincent Iampietro, Michele Tadini and Sami Naslin, as well as Giorgio Sancristoforo. I presented the Live Geometry durational performance , as well as how we used the Axoloti platform for New Musical Instruments . The presentation that generated the most vivid discussions was given by artist and developper Cyrille Henry
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Gentiana is a composition for double-bell trumpet augmented with cymbals, guitar, percussion, violin and cello. It was premièred by the Nebula Ensemble on June 22, 2018, during their summer festival. They just posted the video of the performance: Gentiana evokes characteristics of alpine flowering plants. The three sections of the piece are: Esprit , Vertige (from around 2:50), and Racines (starting around 5:25). In Racines , you might recognize a traditional song... Let me know if you get the quote! For more information, see my previous post showing the true digital synths for string instruments . The cymbals augmenting the trumpet's sound.