I wanted to take a moment to say how happy I am about Friday’s album launch celebration of the new Marassa Duo record. To my students, colleagues, friends, and guests, it meant so much to me for you to be there and enjoy the performances and presentation.
I’m so thankful to the University of Windsor School of Creative Arts for putting this event on the season and providing the fabulous reception, which made the space celebratory for us all.
Thanks of the Ontario Arts Council for supporting and believing in the project. Thanks to Ray Dillard, Douglas Romanow, Graemme Brown, Wika Gomez, Robert William Gomez, and Precision Pressing for making the record sound and look so great!
If you missed out, I’ve got LPs and CDs if you’re interested.
The records, CDs, and downloads are now available on Bandcamp!
There should be copies at Dr. Disc and other locations soon and Spotify, etc. a little later.
Love and Thanks!
I am honoured to have received a Music Creation Grant from the Ontario Arts Council for the composition of Djed, a forthcoming work for solo marimba and percussion trio. The work is being written for Gerald Noble (Dayton Philharmonic/Wright State University).
Djed is the ancient Egyptian symbol of a pillar meaning ‘stability.’ This is represented in the piece with structural pedal tones in the solo part being resonated by instruments in the percussion trio.
The djed is also a prominently featured sculptural symbol in Matthew Barney’s Ancient Evenings performances and film, River of Fundament. My experiences performing in these projects serve as an inspiration as I continue writing the music. I look forward to sharing the completed score for Djed in the near future!
I wrote a short piano piece in December as a “Secret Santa” gift. It’s called Petal, a short mood piece that draws upon core material from a Benny Golson tune. I’ve included the score here, if you’re looking for something to work on your ledger line reading!
On February 13, I will be conducting the University of Windsor Wind Ensemble as they present 6 Canadian band compositions with the composers and members of the Canadian Music Centre in attendance. Works by Eddington, Coles,Carovillano, Fawcett, Harley, and Pearce. The band and myself are honoured to host the 2018 CMC Concert Band Reading session.
Dave Bergeron, Aaron Eichler, and I presented “Recall and Flourish” on October 26 at the Windsor. The performance featured a set of improvised music for marimba and live electronics. The second half of the show featured Flourish by Sarah Hennies and Ritual I :: Commitment :: BiiM by Jessie Marino.
New Music Detroit’s 10th annual contemporary music marathon is coming up in late September. I’ll be playing Steve Reich’s masterwork, Music for 18 Musicians with members of New Music Detroit, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and other distinguished musicians from the region.
There’s a great lineup of artists for the full three day series of concerts:
In July 2017, I was a member of the Root & Rhizomes Percussion Residency (Steven Schick & Claire Chase, artistic directors) at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The course featured two weeks of rehearsals, presentations, and performances as well as quality time hiking and socializing with some fantastic artists.
L to R: Colin Malloy, NP, Jess Tsang, and Vivian Fung.
In the first week the ensemble pictured above gave the Canadian premiere of Vivian Fung’s wild, complex, and theatrical work, The Voices Inside My Head. We had a lot of fun preparing and performing the piece.
The same concert featured a complete outdoor performance of John Luther Adams’ evening-length percussion work, Strange and Sacred Noise. I’ve wanted to play the piece for a long time and was elated to be a part of this performance.
In week number two, the percussion residents and members of the Pianist-Composer Collective worked on the music of Michael Pisaro with Mr. Pisaro and percussionist Greg Stuart. The focus and aesthetic of the performances were greatly enhanced by their coaching and input. I performed on fields have ears (4), a 27 minute work featuring a quiet, but powerfully present sonic landscape that slowly transforms over the duration of the work. The concert of Pisaro’s music closed with ricefall (1), a tactile and profound work in which the performers drop rice at varying intensities on their chosen instruments.
The residency included meetings and coaching with some incredible artists including (in no particular order): Steven Schick, Nicolas Hodges, Aiyun Huang, Vivian Fung, John Luther Adams, Phyllis Chen, Cory Smythe, Craig Taborn, Sarah Hennies, Michael Pisaro, and Greg Stuart.
The residency featured a couple of informal cabaret concerts of new and established repertoire. For these concerts, I led a performance of music by Jordan Nobles and performed with Zeca Lacerda on a performance of Alone In A Room by Stuart Saunders Smith.
No post about a Banff residency would be complete without a couple of images of the gorgeous surrounding topography.
View of Banff and surrounding area as seen from the summit of Sulphur Mountain.
Thank you to the Banff Centre and its faculty, artists, and staff for an enriching and memorable experience.
This last June, I was a Composition Fellow at the 2017 nief norf Summer Festival. Performers at the festival performed two of my recent compositions. Percussionists Jon Clancy, Stephen Downing, Alex Richard, and Ike Van De Vate gave the first performance of my in-the-round percussion quartet, Revolution Summer.
For the festival, I composed New Winds for mixed chamber ensemble. The players sounded great and were lots of fun to work with. From L to R: Qiuchen Wang (percussion), Brianna Matzke (piano), Andy Bliss (nnSF Artistic Director), Will Yager (bass), Kyle Young (guitar), NP (composer/conductor), Riley Leitch (trombone), and Kays Ishaq (percussion).
I greatly enjoyed working with composers Christopher Adler, Marc Mellits, and Nina C. Young on the New Winds score prior to its performance.
The festival featured two weeks of stellar performances including the final marathon concert that concluded with Reich’s Drumming led by Russell Hartenberger. For this concert, I performed in works by Philip Glass and Pauline Oliverios.
Kudos once again to the fantastic faculty, composers, performers, and staff that made this yearly festival possible.