Saturday, July 20, 2019

Recording With Gloria Cheng

July 20, 2019

With Grammy winners Rich Breen, engineer, 
and Gloria Cheng, piano, at UCLA, after a 
day of recording for a project that 
cannot be mentioned - yet.

Friday, July 19, 2019

New album from the Altius Quartet

A new album from the Altius Quartet will be released on July 26. It includes my string quartet "The Present Moment."

This piece was commissioned by Dan Kepl, artistic director of the Santa Barbara Chamber Music Festival, for the 2005 festival.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

I'm recording at UCLA tomorrow, July 19, with Grammy-winning pianist Gloria Cheng. Stay tuned for more details!

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

July 9, 2019

From ONA JARMALAVIČIŪTĖ at Classical Music Daily - A nice review of the new Crossing album from Navona, which includes my piece, "Be Still."

Bruce Babcock, another impressive composer featured here, is known for his expressive and vibrant sound and for the joint and joyous celebration of musical art. Surprisingly, his composition is called Be Still and it reflects on the meditative nature of music listening. It uses a liturgical source for its text - Psalm 46:10. The shimmering musical textures connect with the ascent, whilst only eight words from the psalm are used throughout the composition.

Monday, July 8, 2019

From yesterday's premiere of "Promethean Fire" at Mount Wilson's Concerts in the Dome.

Sung by Sangeeta Kaur, soprano, (third from left) with Reina Inui, violin, & Marcia Dickstein, harp

I sing

Of those who caught the pure Promethean fire

One from another, each crying as he went down

To one that waited, crowned with youth and joy,
Take thou the splendour, carry it out of sight

Into the great new age I must not know

Into the great new realm I must not tread.

Alfred Noyes, British poet, inspired by the Night of First Light
of the 100-inch telescope at Mount Wilson Observatory,
November 2, 1917

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

 Reina Inui, Marcia Dickstein, Sangeeta Kaur and yours truly.

Rehearsal for our July 7 concerts at Mount Wilson Observatory
@ 3 p.m. & 5 p.m.

Sangeeta will premiere my new piece, 
"Promethean Fire."