Last week, I attended the College Music Society’s Joint Southern/Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s Conference at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and had the pleasure of working with Director Gene Peterson and UT’s Concert Choir on In Dreams. They performed the piece wonderfully and despite the inclement weather, the entire conference was impressively organized full of both great performances and presentations. The new music facilities are spectacular. I’m thankful for all that I learned and for all the new friends I met during my few days there.
I am happy to announce that I have just finished composing a work somewhat confidently titled Naxos and the Journey with Diafor the Atlantic Harp Duo, featuring harpists Elizabeth Jaxon and Marta Power Luce. Please visit their website to learn more about these two wonderful musicians and their work.
Naxos and the Journey with Dia is based on the myth of Ariadne, and my work is inspired by her journey with her great love, Theseus, to the island of Naxos. Their journey across the sea, as well as the story in its entirety, offered me as the composer so many dramatic possibilities, both literal and metaphorical. It has been exciting and challenging to weave a coherent work that blends their literal travels to Naxos with the overall drama of Ariadne’s story of love lost and found.
It’s been a pleasure to work with the Atlantic Harp Duo on this project. It’s a testament to the power of modern communications that we have been able to collaborate so effectively as I compose in the USA while they reside in Europe. I would sketch ideas. They would rehearse, record, and then send the recordings to me via email along with feedback thus influencing the way I was approaching the project. I look forward to working with them further as they begin to rehearse the piece this month for upcoming performances in the Fall.
In late November, I accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at Del Mar College. Although I was sad to leave my colleagues and students at Mahidol University in Thailand, I am very happy to be back in the USA. I am extremely thankful to have been offered the position at Del Mar College, and I am enjoying the experience immensely. I look forward to developing a relationship with the community of Del Mar and Corpus Christi, as well as fostering a learning environment that best serves that community in the coming years.
Faces of Love, the latest album my the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Gudni Emilsson, will be commercially released on October 25, 2012. Look for the album on Amazon, Itunes, and other online retailers. My work, Where Her Lingering Smile Resides, is one of the works featured on the album. I have heard the recording and the album sounds wonderful. Congratulations to all the musicians of the TPO, Gudni Emilsson, and recording engineers on producing a great product!
It was a thrill to attend the Thailand International Composition Festival this past week with terrific masterclasses, workshops, and performances every day, including the world premieres of three of my works: chamber works Horizons and On the Way Back, as well as Sun Bathing in an Isaac Vortex for wind symphony. It was great to meet so many composers and performers from all over the world. Thank you for all you hard work and terrific performances.