I’m proud of this piece, due in part to having written the texts myself. While I have written lyrics to my songs as a teen, written a libretto or two for my own operas, and translated and synthesized texts for various projects, I typically prefer to leave the poetry to the poets. Over the pastContinue reading “two summer loves”
I have been awarded semi-finalist status in this year’s Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Artist Residency. That means that if one of the final composers drops out (lol), in 2022 they’ll be stickin’ me in an isolated adobe house in New Mexico for 2~ months, just to work on my compositions. Either way, this bad boy isContinue reading “Semi-finalist – Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Artist Residency”
I received Honorable Mention for my piece “dear heart,” in Chorus Austin’s 8th Annual Young Composers Competition. Especially with competitions like this, I actually really appreciate an Honorable Mention. To me it says,”Hey, while your piece wasn’t quite the best fit for our choir and what we’re looking for, we still acknowledge the quality andContinue reading “Honorable Mention – Chorus Austin’s 8th Annual Young Composers Competition”
I’m both humbled and excited to be taking part in this amazing project- I was selected back in September, but I forgot to post about it. My commission is getting its final cleanup right now; it’s a setting of a beautiful and heartbreaking text by Chiruza Mohammed (Boston, MA) for soprano, cello, and piano. ReadContinue reading “Sing Out Strong: Essential Voices”
It’s true! My piece “String Quartet No.1 on Việt Themes” was nominated, along side pieces by Courtney Bryan, Lera Auerbach, and Marjan Mozetich. I’m thrilled to be nominated in such good company, and while I don’t anticipate an easy win against the likes of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, I’m looking forward to a free brunchContinue reading “Nominated for “Best New Classical Music Performance” in Gambit’s Big Easy Entertainment Awards”
Check out my interview by the brilliant David Benedetto of Antenna::Signals Podcast! While you’re at it, check out some of their other episodes, all documenting the creativity flowing from New Orleans: mixed race jazzers, the history of mules in NOLA economics, death, etc.