Choral Piece Recording

The wonderful Rice Chorale directed by Tom Jaber has recorded my choir piece, Jesus Jesus, an adaptation of the traditional melody Jesus Jesus rest your head.  Take a listen on my audio page when you get a chance!  I’m in the mood to write a new choral piece soon.  If you have any suggestions on a text or subject, please share!

 

 

Upcoming musical events

Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share with you 3 new opportunities to hear some of my music played by extremely talented musicians.

August 3rd at Christ the King Lutheran Church – 7:30pm Bassoonist Eryn Bauer is putting on an awesome recital including my new Bassoon Piece commissioned by Eryn entitled: “but I don’t WANNA go to Bed!!”  Come on by for a listen to some music for a double reed duet, woodwind quintet and a new solo bassoon piece!!

August 9th at Caesar’s Palace, Las Vegas, NV – 1:30pm in the Pisa Pallermo, flutist Megan Lanz will be performing “Red Stilettos”.  Megan commissioned this work from me a few years ago and I am extremely thrilled that she will be playing it for thousands of flute enthusiasts!!  If you know anyone who will be at the convention, please pass along to come take a listen!

August 11th at the M Hotel in Minneapolis, MN, My sister Krysten will be marrying an amazing guy whom I’m thrilled to call brother.  The Cedar String Quartet will be premiering “Variations with You”, music that I wrote for their wedding.

I am extremely excited for all the talented musicians bringing my music to life. Thank you all!

 

National Flute Convention

Hey friends,

I just received notice that Red Stilettos for Solo Flute is going to be performed at the National Flute Convention in August!  It will be performed by my good friend, who commissioned the piece, Dr. Megan Lanz, and will be part of a concert of Las Vegas Composers.  I wrote this piece a few years ago for Megan and am extremely thrilled that she will be playing it again, and at such a highly respected venue!  If you are around Las Vegas in the beginning of August, stop on by for a listen.  If you’d like a preview of the piece, take a listen on my audio page.

 

Updates

Hello readers!
I wanted to start off the new year with some blogs about me and my music!  First off, I have my 2nd Doctoral recital coming up on March 13th at 5:30 at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.  If you can make it, it will be a great show!  Micah Ringham will be performing “Stop! Look! & Hasten!” – 5 Divertimenti for Solo Violin. Susanne Mentzer and Brian Connelly will performing “New Mexico Fragments”.  Also, “Vanishing Points” – Six Aural Paintings for Horn and Piano will be premiered by Katharine Caliendo and Ben Krause.

Also, If you want to know more about Stop! Look! & Hasten!, SoJin Kim will be doing a lecture recital at 5:30 on February 8, at Shepherd School of Music.

drop me a line if you ever want to chat or have questions about my music!

Cheers,

Steve

… until someone loses and eye! Fun and Games for String Quartet

written for the art installation “Untitled” by Joel Shapiro at the Rice Gallery in February 2012 

This piece is about having fun as a quartet. Sometimes they play together sometimes they play against one another. Sections of this piece exploit the sound of the quartet as a whole as well as the sounds of the individual instruments and how sounds move from one instrument to the other. The goal is to have as much fun as you can while playing this piece.

The piece moves between cacophony and open sounds and back and forth. After the piece starts to settle down, the group begins the set of Games. For the first game, the players’ games are based on game theory, “if-then” statements, which they may never play the same thing more than once. This is very much like a card game. For the second game, the players decide which pitch collection to play similarly to a “rock-paper-scissors” game. For the final Game, the players must either Initiate or React, depending on actions posed to the rest of the group, very similar to a reaction game of slapping hands.

Just like regular games like Monopoly, these games can go on for as long as the group decides to play them. They can be very quick games or longer games. Between every game, there is a music related to the joining the group at one group of friends playing games. In the beginning, the group is very mixed, trying to decide on a game, as the games progress, they become closer and closer.

Click here to watch the video

Three Spanish Dances

Pasodoble translates literally to “double step” and is traditionally an introductory song set as a march for entrances of bullfighters. The opening is to be played stately and fanfare-like, while the clarinet presents a fragmented melody.  The two-part march begins at m. 40 and is separated by a clarinet cadenza, which sets up the bright fanfare ending of the bullfighter’s dance.

The Tango is a dance originated in Spain as “Baille con Carte” (Dance with stops).  Early Tango was considered immoral for its overly flirtatious style. Phrasing and rhythms are an important part of this tango, where the piano keeps a steady rhythm and the violin and clarinet present their respective melodies, and eventually turns to a quasi waltz then to a slower seductive motif, then recapitulating with a grandiose flair, as a dance would present at the end of the dance.

Traditional Flamenco is based on a 12-beat rhythmic pattern emphasizing the alternating patterns of 3 and 2 (1 2 3, 4 5 6, 7 8, 9 10, 11 12).  Instead of emulating a sound of Spanish Flamenco, the emphasis is on the patterns of 12 and uses therein.  The piece is based on the alternating of instrument groups and the phrasings of 12-patterns with traditional accents and rhythms.

Pasodoble
Tango
Flamenco