Summer Residencies, CMA Grant, and the Wild West
This past summer I spent time at three very different residencies: Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Studios at MASS MoCA, and Avaloch Farm Music Institute. It was fun to try on different hats– as hermit-composer, messy studio artist, and chamber music collaborator. But the best part was getting to know the fellow residents and their work from all different disciplines. Moving, witty poetry. Meditations on freshwater environments. Landscape photography with an architectural twist. Sculptures made of dead particles. SO MUCH AMAZING STUFF. My heartfelt thanks goes to these organizations for the amazing opportunities they offer for artists.
I am very excited to write a large-scale work for Spektral Quartet over the next year, thanks to a commissioning grant from Chamber Music America! We will be collaborating on a 30-minute work that explores the relationship between musical sounds and the natural environment.
The upcoming season will feature a few trips out to the West Coast. First to Los Angeles for premieres by wild Up and piano duo HOCKET, then to Tempe, Arizona where I will be present my music, work with the ASU Orchestra, and set up an interactive sound installation at the beautiful Gammage Auditorium.