I’m pleased to announce that UCSB’s production of my opera, Twelfth Night won first place in the National Opera Association’s production competition, division II. I’m so thankful for the hard work that the whole department put in, and especially to the wonderful young singers, director David Grabarkewitz, producer Benjamin Brecher, and conductor Brent Wilson.
Ching Juhl made some terrific videos of my recent concert at the DiMenna Center in New York. The concert, which I performed with the Elaris Duo, was a benefit for Sandy Hook Promise.
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.
Today I received news that pianist Robert Cassidy plans to include my piece Four Elegies on his next album. The album will also include Debussy’s Preludes, Book II, and Chopin’s Barcarolle in F#, Op. 60, so I am in good company! His previous album, released on Albany Records, includes the first book of Debussy preludes, as well as music by Mozart and David Noon. It is available on iTunes, Amazon, and all other major retailers, or by clicking here.