The videographer Ching Juhl interviewed me ahead of my New York concerts a few months ago. She’s just posted the edited interviews, which you can watch below, or by visiting https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IklRfYCF9MU&list=PLythnL_tU6NkbeFnbJEW0-NcBbuA_9pPX&index=1.
I’m pleased to announce that the pianist Robert Cassidy will be performing my Four Elegies on several concerts on his upcoming tour. The dates and details are as follows:
September 10, 10 am – Santa Barbara, CA – Music Academy of the West
September 12, 3 pm – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Music Club
September 19, 8 pm – Los Olivos, CA – Saint Mark’s in the Valley Episcopal Church
October 11, 3 pm – New York, NY – Tenri Cultural Institute
October 14, 4pm – Westport, CT – Saugatuck Congregational Church
October 22, 7:30pm – Hiram, OH – Hayden Auditorium
October 25, 2pm – Newton, MA – Newton Free Library
I just received the third video from my May 2 concert in New York, of the premiere of my piece Shifting Spirits for violin and cello, performed by the Elaris Duo:
The video was made by Ching Juhl. In addition, Mark Greenfest wrote a lovely review of the concert on the blog Sound Word Sight. Among other positive remarks, Mark writes:
The music and the Duo’s performance was emotional and poignant and also quite fascinating and memorable.
This touching and magnificent piece shows an extraordinary range of musical material, from lush and lyrical cello melody to cannoning piano chords and delicate, glassine figurations in various forms.
The review is available in its entirety at at soundwordsight.com/?p=1460.
I wrote the first piece, On The Death of Our Young, in the wake of the horrible shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school. “Grief fills the room up of my absent child.”
Here I am playing it with Steven Elisha:
Also on the concert was my piece Meditation I, inspired by Dogen Zenji’s Mountains and Rivers Sutra. It’s inscribed, “water is nothing but the pure form of water, just as it is.”
This piece is included on the soundtrack to the Mountains and Rivers: Mystical Realism of Zen Master Dogen DVD, by John Daido Loori Roshi, available at: http://monasterystore.org/mountains-and-rivers-dvd. It has also been released on Margaret Mills’ CD Meditations and Overtones and on Helen Callus’s CD Lament Amid Silence, both of which are available on my recordings page.