Thursday, February 27, 2014
This composition-a-month post is a little different. Since February is the shortest month, and also because this has been a long time in the works, I've dedicated this post to a new Blind Ear collaboration. My composition for this month is a set up loops for New York Polyphony. We decided to experiment with the Kyrie from The Tournai Mass for our collaboration. It will be the first time that Blind Ear is working with a vocal ensemble, so we all agreed that it would be best to start with something that the singers already knew. I changed the length of some of the phrases to make the loops compatible with each other. I think the biggest challenge with using our software will be finding space for the singers to breathe. As we're mixing the music live, we'll have to be aware of each individual's phrase since they won't necessarily sync up rhythmically. Our first rehearsal is in March and I'm looking forward to hearing how this will all come together! Here is the first page of the score to the Kyrie, and the loops that I've extracted:
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Some photos from Blind Ear Music and Sandbox Percussion's performance at TEDxGowanus last month. The video will be out soon!
|Ian David Rosenbaum, Victor Caccese, Terry Sweeney of Sandbox Percussion with Jakub Ciupinski|
|Jakub Ciupinski and Cristina Spinei|
|Jakub Ciupinski, Ian David Rosenbaum, Cristina Spinei, Victor Caccese, Terry Sweeney.|
Friday, January 31, 2014
I've created a challenge for myself to compose one new work every month in 2014. My first piece, Music for an Imaginary Dance, was commissioned by the Écouter Ensemble for their exciting Project Three. I had been writing and rewriting this piece for a while and finally was able to devote an entire month to editing and shaping it. I finished just in time for it to qualify for my January composition. I can't wait to hear Écouter perform it! Here is a sneak peak:
Sunday, January 5, 2014
The video from MuSE Sounds of Arts Festival 2013 is up! For this year's performance I was asked to write a piece for cello and marimba that is inspired by a place in New York. I chose Grand Central for it's swirling energy. It has always been one of my favorite spots. Meet Me Under The Clock is an observation of the commotion at Grand Central from a stationary point, the world-famous clock. This piece is dedicated to my sister.