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May 17, 2019

TWA Hotel Commission and Performance

I’m one of four composers writing music inspired by Eero Saarinen’s groundbreaking design for the former TWA Terminal at JFK now being reopened as the TWA Hotel.

Our music will be performed as part of Open House New York’s annual gala in the hotel on June 5 and the NYC Ballet is choosing one piece to choreograph dance to.

My piece is called Uplift referring to a quote by Saarinen in which he said that he and his team wanted to achieve “uplift” in the design for the terminal.  The piece is scored for clarinet, violin, viola and cello and will be performed again in September as part of a public event.

 

April 30, 2019

‘Songs of Perception’ Performance in NYC

My work Songs of Perception will be performed on May 17 as part of the Queens New Music Festival.  The work is for soprano and string quartet and all three movements are adaptations of poems by the wonderful Laura Kasischke.

I originally set these poems as part of a collaboration with Poetry Magazine many years ago.  I read through hundreds of poems and published in this incredible magazine over the years but was completely captivated by Laura’s work.

The piece was originally premiered at the Poetry Foundation Center in Chicago and I’m really excited to hear it again.

May 17, 8:00 PM
The Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd St,
Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
April 30, 2019

‘Toxic Grace’ Performed on the Queens New Music Festival

My piece Toxic Grace, one movement of a larger work called Urbanisms, will be performed as part of the Queens New Music Festival on May 15.  Each of the three movements of the piece is inspired by a different definition in the Urban Dictionary.

Toxic Grace means “the projection of kindness or charm that gets twisted into something more unsavory. A glimmer of false hope shattering. People using Toxic Grace usually speak with a forked tongue, telling you one thing while doing something quite different than they had said. Once people have experienced Toxic Grace they are left confused, wondering how they were deceived so categorically.”

The work is for bari sax, guitar, violin and double bass.

May 14, 8:00 PM
The Secret Theatre, 4402 23rd St,
Long Island City, NY 11101, USA
April 28, 2019

‘Indigenous Instruments’ is May 13

ACM’s last “Live at the Davis” concert of the season features exciting music combining Western instruments with indigenous instruments from around the world. My idea was to start with Steven Mackey’s piece Indigenous Instruments and then combine it with three works that mix string quartet with actual indigenous instruments.  This is going to be a great concert!

Peter Sculthorpe‘s From Ubirr asks us to attune ourselves to the planet, to listen to the cry of the earth as the Aborigines have done for many thousands of years. Scored for didgeridoo and string quartet, its four parts are made up of quick, ritualistic music framed by beautiful slower music of a supplicatory nature.

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Paul Moravec‘s masterful Shakuhachi Quintet combines Japanese traditional music with sophisticated Western harmonies to create effervescent, lyrical music

Steven Mackey says of his piece Indigenous Instruments that it’s ” vernacular music from a culture that doesn’t actually exist. I fantasized about a culture and their uses for music, did thought experiments to invent the kind of instruments they might play, and wrote “folk melodies” idiomatic to those instruments.”

Celebrated Chinese composer Zhu Jian-Er‘s Jade for pipa and string quartet is an elegant piece inspired by China’s distant past.

April 6, 2019

ACM’s Molto Tutti Student Film Festival Fundraiser is April 20

ACM’s 3rd annual Molto Tutti Student Film Festival Fundraiser is April 20 at 3:00 PM.  More than fifty of our students are participating by writing and performing original pieces and then working with their teachers to make animated videos.

All of the original works will be shown on the big screen at the Davis Theater and all proceeds benefit the ACM School of Music.  This was such a heartwarming event last year, I’m really looking forward to it.

Hearing so many world premieres on one concert and seeing the joy from the kids as people react to their music, well it was pretty great.

Saturday, April 20 2:00 and 3:00 PM
Davis Theater
4614 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago
More info

April 2, 2019

‘Three for Zhou B’ Performance at the Chicago Cultural Center

Picosa is playing my music all over the place lately!  They’ll perform my chamber piece Three For Zhou B, inspired by paintings by the celebrated Zhou Brothers, at the Chicago Cultural Center as part of a great concert of multi-media works.

April 18, 12:00 PM
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington, Claudia Cassidy Theater
Free

March 30, 2019

‘Gimlet’ Performance April 12

ACM is teaming up with Composers Concordance for a fun masterclass with Austrian ensemble Hi5. Each composer will write a short, really short, piece for guitar, bass, vibes and drums and the ensemble will sight read and discuss.

And as you can probably tell from the title, there will be drinks!  I’ve never written for this combination of instruments before, it was super fun.  That photo is of Igor Stravinsky taking a swig of scotch which apparently he never left the house without.

I wrote a piece called Gimlet which I believe is some kind of mixed drink.

Friday April 12th
from 6:30pm to 9pm

Michiko Studios – Stage 1
149 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
Free

March 22, 2019

Sound of Silent Film Festival is April 20

In 2005 I had the idea to commission some composers to write new scores for modern silent films and play the music live to the films at the Chopin theater. The event sold out and I’ve been stuck producing it every year since.

Over the last fourteen years we’ve screened more than a hundred films with live scores, we’ve moved to an all-submission basis, gained a wonderful film review panel to help us choose the films, toured the show to Mexico City, Austin and New York and we’re in the process of licensing it for performances around the country. We even have a laurel now like a real film festival!

This year we’ve got two shows, our feature presentation which is the slick we’ve honed this over fourteen years version and a late show in which we try something new. This year we’ve partnered with art-rock band Origin of Animal for the late show. Both shows will be fantastic and will likely sell out.

April 20, 7:00 and 9:30
Davis Theater
4614 N. Lincoln Ave.
$25, $15 or $35 for both shows

March 10, 2019

Concept Lab Volume VI is March 31

Concept Lab is an exciting new exploratory music series featuring finished works, works in progress, improvised works and collaborative and multi-disciplinary projects in all stages of completion.

Created by composers Seth Boustead and Will Rowe and run as a collective, Concept Lab is a showcase of the newest of the new and an exciting sneak preview of mainstays on the upcoming New York performance scene.

Volume VI features works inspired by Italian surrealist Italo Calvino, 1950’s ad jingles, ciphers, the occult, secret societies, the eternally changing Colorado landscape and the joys and pains of a lifelong relationship.

More info!

Music by
Seth Boustead
Stephanie Ann Boyd
Ryan Chase
Debra Kaye
Will Rowe

Performed by
Talia Dicker
Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry
Ford Fourqurean
Debra Kaye
Blair McMillen
Will Rowe

March 3, 2019

Impromptu Festival March 28

I’m performing a half hour set of original music in Chicago as part of the second annual Impromptu Festival.  My set is shared with composer and cellist William Jason Raynovich.

We’ll be joined by violinist Drew Williams for my portion of the gig to play my pieces Whitespace, Three Contrasting Pieces and Marginal Capacity.

More info!

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