So I was told today that the date is final and it is official, my reed quintet, Aftershock, will receive it's world premiere by the Outlaw Quintet in Tuscan, AZ! The concert, which will be September 28th, will coincide with Tuscan Pride. This is because the pieces on the concert are all LGBT themed, from LGBT composers to issues that the community deal with.
My piece, Aftershock, was written as a personal reflection on my reaction to the 2016 Pulse Nightclub Shooting. It was a moment that I remember thinking, "I am not safe." In that moment, I realized that the sense that we as a community have become safe and secure and that homophobia was a distant threat isn't necessarily so solid. It is in flux, as with most things, and al we can do is strive for a stability. The way I processed the news (shock, processing, emotional outbursts, and finally acceptance of this new reality) is what I drew from for this piece.
It is an honor to receive a premiere from Outlaw Quintet and currently I am trying to work with the UMKC Conservatory to try and get the money together to travel to Tuscan to hear it and talk about the piece, something I love doing face to face with the audience.
Talk to you guys later. :)
So I was informed recently that the film I scored for Brain Freeze Productions, CUT, was talked about and played on a local channel in St. Charles, MO! On the Higher Education Channel, they spoke with the directors of the Top Ten films and played each of them. Ours was included and they even complimented my score!
I am honored to have been mentioned in the segment and can at least finally say I was talked about on TV. :) Not only was I mentioned, but the host said he liked my score and that is really the best praise. I am glad I was able to do this amazing collaboration and am looking forward to next year perhaps. :)'
This is a link to the episode. They talk about CUT about 23 minutes in.