HEX: Music for Vocal Sextet

HEX: Music for Vocal Sextet

For years I've had ambitions of working with a regular vocal sextet to do the music from some of my favorite composers like Meredith Monk and Toby Twining. There's something about this particular configuration that feels like magic, or maybe it's this particular group of singers. They're all members of C3LA as well, and most of them also work with ensembles like the LA Master Chorale, LA Opera, etc. Our first real concert is going to be next week for my 2nd DMA recital at CalArts. (Feb. 15th, 8pm in the Wild Beast) But we'll be doing a few more events in the next month or so including a lecture/recital at the Eureka! conference at CSU Fullerton and C3LA's March shows. The show on Feb. 15th will be live streamed (and then live on the internet forever after) so if you want to check it out, you can do so HERE   The Program will include Excerpts from Pierrot, Fahad Siadat Dolmen Music, Meredith Monk Hymn, Toby Twining Hee-oo-hm-ha, Toby...
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Swells and Soundings

Swells and Soundings

The Resonance Collective has been commissioned to create a new music/dance work to accompany the opening reception of Lucy Kalian’s Swells & Soundings. Kalian provides the following artist’s statement: Superficially, “Swells and Soundings” celebrates the coastline. Below the surface is deeper exploration of constant shifting: Yearning for things unknown and intangible Reveling in the sheer exuberance of experience Monitoring, in every state, the current position Our piece Sirens explores similar themes, exploring the depths and a sense of endless and ecstatic yearning in the sea. Please join us for this free event where we will premiere our new work Sirens featuring choreography by André Megerdichian and a live vocal/electronic score performed by Fahad Siadat. Details: Monmouth University, Pollack Gallery – Sept. 3oth, 6:30pm-8:30pm For more information visit www.monouth.edu/arts or call 732.263.5715...
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Pythagorean Transposition

Pythagorean Transposition

Pythagorean Transposition   I remember my first encounter with tuning systems and micro-tonality, and the mind blowing realization equal-temperament was not the end-all of how to organize the notes of an octave. It’s been a continual area of interest for me, especially Just Intonation and naturally occurring harmonics. For years I have also been fascinated by the traditions of esoteric mysticism and how they relate to music, but only recently have given myself the time to study them in any significant way. Henry Corbin talks about the importance in these traditions of symbols (as opposed to metaphors and allegory) as a key point of access to higher planes of consciousness and deeper understanding of the divine world and I’ve always seen music as one such symbol. I’m certainly not alone in this. It doesn’t take more than a casual internet search of music+mysticism to find a thriving (often painfully new age) world of people interested in the subject. The idea isn’t new, but the...
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