So glad to announce that I will be the composer in residence with the Illinois Philharmonic during their 2019-2020 season. What a fantastic group, led superbly by Maestro Stilian Kirov. I really loved hearing the music of the other finalists Carlos Bandera and Allen Molineaux! It should be a busy and fun year...
Tidal Rhythms will be played on June 1 by the Orquesta de la Parque Conocimiento in Posadas, Argentina and on June 28 by the Orquesta de la UniNorte Universidad Festiva de Musica Contemporánea in Asuncion, Paraguay. You can listen to the piece here (cue to 38:21):
Michelle Vought premiered "Kavanaugh," a 6 minute song that uses the text from Kavanaugh's October, 2018 hearing, on March 6th and 7th at Illinois State University and Illinois Wesleyan University. Looking forward to posting the audio of this dramatic, raucous piece!
I am pleased to announce that my work Riff Tides has been published by Alea Publishing. For more information, visit https://mailchi.mp/50d9d2afc75b/new-titles-for-bass-clarinet.
Chicago Composers Consortium season opener is coming up on September 23rd. Hope to see you there! Click here for more info.
Please check out this beautiful video of the North Western saxophone studio performing Infinite Gestures with the Chicago skyline in the background. What a great hall! click here
Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour – PART 1
Kurt Rohde, Violist
Jared Redmond, piano Kurt Rohde, viola
Violist and composer Kurt Rohde has commissioned six new pieces, which he will perform in May 2018 in Davis, Sacramento, Berkeley, and San Francisco. This is the first year of a multi-year commissioning project, that is modeled after Cher’s decades long Farewell Tours, Kurt Rohde’s Farewell Tour—Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6—commissions new works by the most gifted composers that Rohde feels are underrepresented and deserve a wider audience, while also broadening the repertoire for viola. The project’s anticipated year of completion is 2028, at which time Mr. Rohde will retirefrom playing in performance and donate his instrument to “some talented whipper-snapper who wants to play viola.”
PROGRAM – World Premiere Performances
Martha Horst, Hammer for viola and piano
Jared Redmond, Tongues of Angels for viola and piano
Carl Schimmel, Contemplation on Vanessa in the Boneset for viola and piano
Ramteen Sazegari, Counterpane for amplified solo viola
Laura Schwendinger, Three Movements for solo viola
Mark Winges, The Contemplation of Unknown Islands for viola and piano
May 17, 12:05–1 pm, Davis (partial program)University of California, Davishttp://arts.ucdavis.edu/event/kurt-rohdes-farewell-tour-part-1Ann E. Pitzer Center, Recital HallAdmission is free.
May 18, 7:00 pm, San Francisco (full program)
Center for New Music
Admission: $15 General, $10 Members
May 19, 7:00 pm, Sacramento (fullprogram)
Sacramento Saturday Club
Limited seating; contact Bruce Hubbard <firstname.lastname@example.org> for reservation details.
May 20, 3:00 pm, Berkeley (partial program)
Left Coast Chamber Ensemble House Concert
Extremely limited seating; contact Susan Thieme <email@example.com> for reservation details.
Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm, Taimur Sullivan, director
My first work for saxophone ensemble (!) will be premiered at the North American Saxophone Biennial Conference in Cincinnati this March in Cincinnati. The family might have to make a road trip to get some Grady's ice cream!