After a long but amazing trip. I have arrived back in Chicago.
Dublin, Ireland was an amazing town. I had the honor of speaking at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Theater for the composition students. It was great to share my music and ideas about my compositional process.
I’m so pleased to have had that opportunity. On April 26th the Concorde Ensemble performed Bird in Space. You can hear the performance below. Concorde Ensemble is an amazing organization. Currently in it’s 39th year, Concorde Ensemble is the oldest new music ensemble in Ireland. It was an honor to work with the amazing Jane O’Leary. She is a fearless champion of new music. Please check out her music.
Dublin is a beautiful place. It was great to wander through the city and explore the history and great food. Between the food and the sites I had the great opportunity to meet and visit with local composers. One of the coolest features of the Irish new music scene is the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland. The CMC is amazing. They feature living composers and also have scores on hand. They promote music from the country and also make it readily available to performers. This is a genius idea. America really needs to get moving in having an open contemporary library like this to provide scores at reasonable rates to performers.
Now that I’m back and adjusted to Chicago time, I’m back to work with Yorkville Middle School. The world premier of Voyager will take place on May 14th with a follow up concert on May 15th. I’ll post more details about the concert but you can find most of the information in the events section.
Life as a full-time composer is very busy. The fundraiser through 3Arts has been moving incredibly well. In the first 4 days we raised 14% of the total funds! There’s still more to go, but I’m really excited about where this project is going. If you haven’t watched the video yet, please go check it out.