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Surf’s up at Cabrillo

A languid sea breeze tumbles through the house as I write, the wetsuit’s drying on the porch, and my score of Alternative Energy lies on the kitchen table. A tall glass of cold-brewed ice coffee nurses me out of the … Continue reading

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No Rest for the Weary

Two water symphonies, a club show, and a fanfare.  That was last month. It began with an inevitability I’d hoped to avoid: going straight from a DJ gig to the airport to attend a symphonic rehearsal the next morning. Mercury … Continue reading

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The mechanics of musical narrative

How do you tell a story with music? This month has me fixated on Liquid Interface, a ‘water symphony’ from 2007 that is touching down in several parts of the country.  Narrative has always fascinated me.  Works of mine before … Continue reading

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The Greatest Show on Earth

When the aliens figure out that Earth is worth invading — the advance UFO team eerily appearing in the sky, a battalion of spacecraft quietly descending to scout our defenses — let’s hope they drop in over an outdoor symphonic … Continue reading

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All My Children

New music is like children: there are the newborns — which always require much nurturing — and there are the rest.  Attending a flashy premiere to witness the birth of a new composition always brings a thrill.  But the real … Continue reading

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To Sink or Swim (preferably, both)

Greetings from a sponge.  Two big recent premieres — Violin Concerto and Afterlife — required constant swimming from me through a torrent of notes over the past year.  Now I’m halting forward motion, sinking to the bottom of the ocean, … Continue reading

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New Music for a New Year

In the past week, we’ve successfully dodged the Mayan apocalypse, the fiscal cliff, and potentially planet-killing arrangements of holiday music.  So now that we’ve made it into the New Year, let me offer a glimpse of what I’ll be doing … Continue reading

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The birth of Afterlife

Last month, as the Bay Area moved from the last glows of its Indian Summer into the dark of the rainy season, with daylight whittling to the bone, my music also turned to the dark side : death. Or rather, … Continue reading

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How to Wallpaper Your Mind

October kept me as busy as a presidential candidate, dropping me into time zones scattered across the map like Fall foliage.  There was even lunch with Teresa Heinz Kerry, our almost-First Lady.  All I needed was a fake smile, a … Continue reading

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And the Music Played On

My suitcase was packed.  My two laptops, drumpad, and other electronic gear were zipped up and ready for air travel.  I’d been practicing the electronic part of Alternative Energy for the past week, looking forward to touring the piece with … Continue reading

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