Monday, June 6, 2016

composer FAIL #94

First composer cat submission from Alex Shapiro.
I was in NYC this past week attending a workshop for the Carnegie Hall Lullaby Project (more on that later) AND squeezing in concerts that included music by Frank J. Otieri and Daniel Felsenfeld.

And now my luggage smells like onion bagels because…I brought back onion bagels to Ohio.

Next week I will bring back le pain des amis because…I will be checking out IRCAM…in Paris…soooooo…I understand if you hate me now, even though I'm acting like this on the inside:

No worries though, I still get a boatload of these:

Monday, May 30, 2016

the music publishing podcast

My semester ended on Mother's Day, and while I should be writing (and always be writing), a couple of monumental things have happened in my life (besides writing…sigh):

  1. I finished watching Parks and Recreation. (Why haven't I watched this show sooner? Does this go into the #lifefail category?)
  2. I was interviewed by Dennis Tobenski, a cool composer and vocalist whom I've known online for years but oh my goodness we finally got to video chat.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

composer FAIL #93

So I am serious about having you guys send me your composer cat pictures. You can email me via my website. Or send me a PM.

Due to my age, I cannot apply for this again, which is unfortunate. Oh well. Onward.

Monday, May 16, 2016

composer FAIL #92

Guys! Send me your cat pictures. I am serious.
Guys. I am so close to a hundred FAILs and this is actually exciting. What should I do to celebrate a hundred fails? Eat tacos? Bake a cake? Have a martini?

(Of course I remember that maybe my original goal was to obtain one hundred composer FAILs before I turned thirty. Oops.)

Yes, guess what: I wasn't chosen.

Hm. Should I apply again?

Monday, May 9, 2016

how to write for beginning band

That's my music on the stands!
Tonight (and tomorrow, and the next day) the sixth grade kiddos at Mason Intermediate School under the direction of Micah Ewing will be world-premiering my piece "Last Stage to Red Rock."

I'm kind of excited. The kiddos are excited.

(One kid thought my piece sounds evil.)

But HEY, I finished the piece. And I wrote a piece that was both challenging and fun to play.

So, obviously I'm now an expert on writing Grade 1 band music (no, no I'm not), so I will give you some tips.

First, eat something.

Second, here are some guidelines the director gave me.

Monday, May 2, 2016

composer FAIL #91 (and a call for composer cats?)

Susie Ling's composer cat Archer. (I wonder if I should have a call for pictures of composers' pets…)

I'm up to 91 of these failures.

I should have a celebration at 100.


(Also I need to post these immediately after I receive them: I'm starting to forget how/why/what I submitted.)

Monday, April 25, 2016

composer FAIL #90

Thanks to my friend Hajnal Pivnick, these dudes (as part of the Face the Music) had two coachings with Kronos Quartet and two performances of works by me, a premiere by Wu Man, and Elena Kats-Chernin.

With friends (and kid quartets) like these, who needs acceptance letters?

Monday, April 18, 2016

university of toledo scrapbook

So the University of Toledo had me over as their guest composer as part of their CoCA Unboxed 2016 Festival. To prove it, they created a ridiculously huge poster.

All in all, they were the best hosts, the students are wonderful, and I had some really great performances of my work. Here are some photos.

A quick note about the University of Toledo's Women's Chorus: two-thirds of them are freshmen, and they sang the crap out of Prisoner of Conscience. If you look at the libretto, you would know it took courage to sing this piece. In other words, I don't think I would have sung this piece when I was a freshman.