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Named Distinguished University Professor

I was very humbled and honored to be named Distinguished University Professor at Florida International University. The designation is the highest rank you can achieve at the university and given the achievements and recognition of the other faculty inducted it is quite an honor. More information regarding the award and more here.

Film by Mauricio Arango featuring my music

I was very pleased to find out that my music is prominently featured in Colombian film maker Mauricio Arango’s new short film No Weight Whatsoever. The beautifully shot film received a mention in the Marseilles film festival this summer. You can see the trailer here.

Upcoming Performances of note in late December and January

I am very fortunate and pleased to have the following performances in late December and January. First the New World Symphony Orchestra will be presenting my work the Distant Wind II for clarinet and string orchestra as part of their concert on December 22 at the New World Center on Miami Beach. This is followed by the January 8 premiere of my new work beneath the surface for 2 pianos and 2 percussionists being premiered by the Ensemble Berlin Piano Percussion in Berlin. I am looking forward to being there in large part with the support of the ensemble and the German-American Fulbright Commission. Later that month on January 17, 18, and 19 The Florida Orchestra based in Tampa presents the premiere of my work, the impending silence followed by virtuoso bassoonist Rebekah Heller premiering my work prelude interlude and postlude with video images by Jacek Kolasinski and John Stuart as part of the New Music Miami ISCM Festival on January 22. I hope that those of you that may be nearby any of these will come by.

The Florida Orchestra in Tampa to premiere new commissioned work as part of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth

The Florida Orchestra in Tampa will be premiering my new work the impending silence on their January 17, 18, and 19, 2020 concerts. The title is a reference to Beethoven’s eventually deafness and to my interest in sound that moves towards silence. The 6 minute work will open the concerts and outside of the title and several conceptual and formal references to Beethoven’s 9th is squarely within my aesthetic world. More here

65th anniversary celebration in Valparaiso, Chile

The Pontificia University in Valparaiso Chile will be celebrating my 65th year with a portrait concert of my music on May 24. In addition, I will be lecturing about my music as well as my mentor Morton Feldman’s works during my visit. I am very much looking forward to my time in Chile.

Upcoming Performances in May and June

Stadluft macht frei for video and electronics was selected for screening at the Echofluxx 19 Experimental Film Festival in Prague. The work was a collaboration with visual artist Jacek Kolasinski and is scheduled for presentation during the festival that runs May 1 – 4. More at http://echofluxx.org/ECHOFLUXX19/index.html  Later that month I will be in residence at the universidad pontificia de Valparaiso, Chile lecturing, presenting master classes, and there for a portrait concert of my music taking place May 24.

In June my work, multiple views of the same objects, is scheduled for performance by the Quasar saxophone quartet at a concert taking place at the Amphithéâtre du GESÙ in Montreal on June 6. Later on June 20, separacion for soprano sax and fixed media will be presented at NYU as part of the International Computer Music Conference/New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival by virtuoso saxophonist Enzo Filippetti.

Check back for more information about these and other concerts and events in the future.

Upcoming later this spring and into the summer

I am looking forward to visiting Mexico City in March to lecture at the UNAM and to participate on a radio show featuring my work. Later this spring and summer I am looking forward to concerts of my music in Chile and Cuba (dates TBA) and will be at an artist residency in late June and into July at the Sirius Arts Centre in Cork Ireland working on a new piece for 2 pianos and 2 percussion for Ensemble Berlin Piano Percussion. More to come soon.

New works and premieres during 2018-19

This season several works are being premiered in South Florida and internationally including Coptic Bound for piano quintet with the Amernet string quartet and pianist Asiya Korepanova, muro de viento for flute, video, and electronics with images by Jacek Kolasinski performed by Cassandra Eisenreich, a return to fragmentation and the use of negative space for cello and string orchestra with cellist Jason Calloway and the musica eterna ensemble as part of the Contemporary Music Festival in Havana, and works in progress for Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg’s Bichord Drone designed electric stringed instrument, the Quasar saxophone quartet, FIU Wind Ensemble, and a new work for high school orchestra being written for the Miami Arts Charter Orchestra.

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Named Distinguished University Professor

I was very humbled and honored to be named Distinguished University Professor at Florida International University. The designation is the highest rank you can achieve at the university and given the achievements and recognition of the other faculty inducted it is...

Film by Mauricio Arango featuring my music

I was very pleased to find out that my music is prominently featured in Colombian film maker Mauricio Arango's new short film No Weight Whatsoever. The beautifully shot film received a mention in the Marseilles film festival this summer. You can see the trailer here.

Upcoming Performances of note in late December and January

I am very fortunate and pleased to have the following performances in late December and January. First the New World Symphony Orchestra will be presenting my work the Distant Wind II for clarinet and string orchestra as part of their concert on December 22 at the New...

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INSPICIO Interview/article

INSPICIO an online magazine about the arts in South Florida published by The College of Communication, Architecture, and the Arts featured me and my work in the latest issue. More here

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Why References?

When I was in graduate school in the early and mid 1980s, I had the good fortune to work with an Asian American composer and teacher at the University of Miami named Dennis Kam. At that time he was very much involved with the idea of musical stasis or a music that by...

What is Art Music?

As we enter the next century the music world can seem a bit confusing. Twenty five years ago what was considered the Western Art music canon consisted of music from either Antiquity or the Renaissance through the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and into the 20th...

Teaching Composition: Some General Thoughts

Teaching someone to compose is impossible! We all know that Bartok said it and refused to teach composition. My mentor Feldman taught composition but always claimed you couldn’t do it, for which he was often criticized by students. His now somewhat famous response to...

Boola Boola Revisited

Slightly more than 15 years ago, soon after finishing my doctoral studies, I had the great fortune of studying with Morton Feldman for 3 intensive weeks. These sessions proved to have a great impact on my career as a composer and pedagogue and I was fortunate to be...

Another Approach to Electroacoustic Music

At times I find myself feeling somewhat out of place at some of the electroacoustic music events where my work is presented. This is not because I do not find this genre of interest or because I am not pleased with my work or that of my colleagues, but because my...