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Classical Music’s Hidden Story

Sshh.  There’s a hidden story quietly exploding in classical music.  It’s the surprising evolution and adventurousness of American orchestras. You wouldn’t read this story in the pages of the leading newspapers and magazines, most of which are in New York … Continue reading

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A premiere, a rehearsal, & flip-flops

This is the time of year when I rarely go anywhere, when getting ‘dressed up’ is synonymous with ‘getting dressed,’ and when prime-time composing begins.  But before I slipped into flip-flops and a new piece for Ricccardo Muti, I had … Continue reading

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A Live One: Alternative Energy out!

One of classical music’s best-kept secrets is let out of the bag this month.  With the digital release of two commissions by Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony – my Alternative Energy and Anna Clyne’s Nightferry – anyone with a … Continue reading

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Stereo Is King: out now!

Sometimes bigger isn’t always better.  While I’ve embraced the symphony as my primary medium — even expanding it with electronic sounds when I want to turn it up to 11 — I always enjoy returning to chamber music, which is … Continue reading

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Garages of the Valley

Much of the Digital Age was dreamed up in the most low-tech of spaces. The garages that dot the landscape of Silicon Valley housed the visionaries behind Apple, Hewlett Packard, Intel, and Google.  Within the bright Valley’s dark garages, the … Continue reading

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Putting It Together: Curating

You arrive at the concert hall just in time: the lights dim, the orchestra starts to tune, you shut down your digital life and settle in. Breathless from the hurry, you’re grateful for a few hours of sonic exploration.  So: … Continue reading

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Beethoven’s Synth

I embark this month on eight performances with Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony in the “Beethoven & Bates” festival, consisting of several of my largest electro-acoustic symphonic works alongside some of the warhorses of ol’ Ludwig.  The … Continue reading

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The BBQ Joint Principle

Upon hitting Alabama soil for performances of Liquid Interface with the Mobile Symphony this month, I headed straight for the iconic BBQ joint known as The Brick Pig. You roll down Old Shell Road and look for the smoker stationed … Continue reading

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The Birth & Life of New Work

Getting into space is hard, but throwing oneself into deep orbit is much harder. The premiere of a new work — say, Alternative Energy, for orchestra and electronica in 2012 — can feel like a trip to the moon.  The … Continue reading

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And So It Begins

After the nonstop traveling of last season — which at one point had me flying straight from a Mercury Soul DJ gig (in a semi-wrecked state) to a morning rehearsal of Liquid Interface — this summer has been a welcome … Continue reading

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