I will be spending April 24 through May 8 in residence at the Visby International Centre for Composers on the island of Gotland, Sweden working on the vocal and instrumental parts for the Knight Foundation supported Interdisciplinary work being premiered next Spring at the Faena Forum on Miami Beach.
This coming spring my activities include premieres, lectures, an artist residency and the related travel. First of all two new works are receiving world premieres. The first at the Miami International Guitar Festival with guitarist Federico Bonacossa in February followed by a new work for trumpet and amplified resonating bodies for Andrew Kozar at the New Music Miami Festival in April.
Also in February the Malaga Philharmonic will be recording 4 works for a new album, 3 of the works featuring virtuoso soloists Cristina Valdes, Jennifer Choi, and Fernando Dominguez.
In addition to lectures in the US, I will be back in Havana this April participating as guest composer and master artist for the Composition Prize Casa de las Americas and the related Latin American Composition and Performance Workshop.
Later that month I will head back to the island of Gotland off the coast of Sweden and the Visby International Centre for Composers for a 3 week residency where I will continue working on the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge funded evening long interdisciplinary work, a rising tide.
The work which includes electronics, video, movement, and an ensemble of instrumentalists and vocalists, is scheduled for premiere in the spring of 2018 at the Faena Art Forum on Miami Beach. Faena Art is assisting with the funding of the work and providing other support as well. The multifaceted installation/performance work is a collaboration with visual artist Jacek Kolasinski, architect and designer John Stuart, choreographer Augusto Soledade, and poet Campbell McGrath.
The week of November 13 I will be in Havana, Cuba participating in the XXIX Festival Internacional de Música Contemporánea de la Habana directed by Cuban composer Guido Lopez-Gavilan. On Monday November 14 at 11:00 AM in the Sala Rubén Martínez Villena of the UNEAC I will be speaking about my music for orchestra, followed by a performance of my Images for Wood and Wire by pianist Cecilio Tieles Ferrer on Tuesday, November 15 at 6:00 PM in the Basílica Menor del Convento de San Francisco de Asís. The following day Wednesday, November 16 at 3:00 PM my collaborative work for video and electronics created with visual artist Jacek Kolasinski and titled Stadluft Macht Frei (The City air will set you free) will be presented at the Casa de las Américas followed by the world premiere that same evening at 6:00 in the same theater of my work for string orchestra, Ascending into the eternal light, with me conducting the Orquesta de Cámara ¨Música Eterna¨ More
The week of November 7, I will be presenting master classes and lectures in the UK first at the Birmingham Conservatoire on Monday, November 7, followed by a concert meet the composer session before the November 8 London premiere of my entanglements with the Fidelio Trio as part of the 6th London Festival of American Music, and ending with a lecture for the students at the Royal Holloway University on Thursday afternoon, November 10.