J BASS to perform at ICA ClarinetFest in Fort Worth, TX
This Summer, I am honored that J BASS, a bass clarinet quartet featuring Danny Mui (NYC Ballet), Taylor Eiffert (Winnipeg Symphony), and David Boutin-Bourque (Erie Symphony), and myself, will be performing a concert at the ICA's ClarinetFest 2021 in Fort Worth. We will play music by Cornelius Boots, premiere a brand new piece by Erin Cameron, and have a few surprises as well.
"Sisyphus" Residency at Greensboro Project Space
"Each new day is a new burden, a new journey. Each day, the same burden, the same journey."
'Sisyphus' pushes the burden up the hill. Over and over, he pours the fullness of his strength into the task, emptying himself to move the rock another inch. Eventually, as before, he crumbles under its weight and finds himself tumbling down again, like humpty dumpty or the evening rain. Each new day is a new burden, a new journey. Each day, the same burden, the same journey. Another attempt to crest the hill.
Life during the pandemic has brought with it the rolling drive of monotony. Days, weeks, even months blur together as we struggle to achieve even the most menial tasks. Like Sisyphus, we feel the weight of each moment as they stack, one on another, until the feather-light days have become a heavy and crushing burden. We become the architecture: bricks upon bricks, cascading city blocks and fire escapes, individual elements that become heavy as they are stacked atop each other, seemingly immovable.
'Sisyphus' is a performance that explores these concepts of stacking and repetition, of pushing our burden up the hill again, as we observe them externally and internally. The music layers upon itself like every new/old day, and yet through this repetition we find color, strength, even whimsy. Whether in literal or metaphysical ways, we find that the present burden affords creative possibilities that once seemed impossible: through the heaviness and repetition of life, we find new meaning and expression.
Featuring music by Cassie Wieland, Eric P. Mandat, and Steve Reich, 'Sisyphus' program explores musical soundscapes that recur, relapse, and evolve, and concludes with the world premiere of a new work by Andy Hudson.
Artist Talk on Wednesday 11/4, at 7:30 PM. Concerts on Friday, 11/6, at 6, 7, and 8 PM, at Greensboro Project Space.
Artist-Clinician, Buffet Crampon
Twenty years ago, when I bought my first Buffet clarinet, I had no idea how long the journey would be. That instrument unlocked something within me, and showed me what it meant to express myself. Ever since, I have exclusively played on Buffet clarinets because I know that I can depend on their unmatched quality of sound, nuance of color, and ease of expression. Simply put, I depend on these instruments to allow my artistry to shine.
It is for this reason and so many more that I am elated to announce I am joining the Buffet Crampon family as an Artist-Clinician! It is a consummate honor to partner with Buffet and come alongside the good work they are doing across the country and around the world. Buffet has made the world's finest clarinets for nearly 200 years, and they continue to serve our industry with their innovation and refinement of the instrument.
It is simply a pleasure to play Buffet. #WeAreBuffet
World Premiere Video:
Stacy Garrop's "The Battle for the Ballot" w/
The Cabrillo Festival Orchestra
Check out this amazing video of the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra giving the digital World Premiere of Stacy Garrop's new work, "The Battle for the Ballot," written to commemorate the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in America. This video is a technological masterpiece, stitched together by Cabrillo Festival percussionist Svet Stoyanov, from more than 60 individual videos. Enjoy, and please register to VOTE!
Joining the Rovner Products Family
It is my great pleasure to announce that I have joined the Rovner Products family as a Rovner Ambassador! I have performed on Rovner ligatures for twenty years, and I depend on them for their ease of response and focused, ringing tone. Rovner is a special company that actively gives back to its community and its players, and I am excited to come alongside and support the good work they are doing!
I am also grateful to be partnering with Rovner to support the outstanding work of the Huntsville Youth Orchestra and the Tennessee Valley Music Festival, an organization I have loved and championed for more than a decade. Through my longstanding partnership with TVMF and the HYO, I have had the pleasure to meet and mentor dozens and dozens of emerging musicians from the Southeast United States and Costa Rica. It means the world to have Rovner's support in this endeavor, and we'd love for you to join us in this endeavor.
Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
Beginning this Summer, I am honored to be joining the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, of the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, as 3rd/Bass Clarinetist. Cabrillo is a wonderful organization that does a great deal of good supporting the music of living composers, and I am honored to join such a preeminent orchestra and organization. Keep your eyes on this space for forthcoming content from Cabrillo's (now digital) season.
Debut Solo Album in the Works
I am delighted that the recording process is now underway for my debut solo album! Funded by a generous Faculty First Grant from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, this project features world premiere recordings of music by Cassie Wieland, brin solomon, Theresa Martin, Rossa Crean, Ledah Finck, Jessica Rudman, and Anna Meadors. I am excited that my terrific UNCG colleagues Inara Zandmane (piano) and Anthony Taylor (clarinet) will be collaborating with me for portions of the record, and that the outstanding Andrew Rodriguez will be engineering the project, with Brandon Waybright providing graphic design and artistic direction.
Latitude 49 Releases "Wax and Wire" on New Amsterdam Records
"...they lean into these works with dazzling rigor." - Bandcamp Daily
It's finally here! Out now on Bandcamp and all streaming platforms, Latitude 49 and New Amsterdam are proud to announce WAX AND WIRE, our sophomore album.
Featuring music by Gabriella Smith, Viet Cuong, Sarah Kirkland Snider, Annika Socolofsky, and our own Chris Sies, this album has been a labor of love for the better part of two years, and we are ECSTATIC to share it with you today!
With endless gratitude to all who made it possible, we hope you enjoy: Wax and Wire.
Click the link to listen to Wax and Wire and download your very own copy.
New Video: Messiaen "Quartet for the End of Time"
I am excited to share the live video of our faculty performance of Messiaen's "Quartet for the End of Time" from January's performance at UNC Greensboro. Endless thanks to my colleagues Marjorie Bagley, Alex Ezerman, and Annie Jeng for collaborating on this project, and for giving such soulful performances.
International Clarinet Association - NC State Chair
I am delighted to announce that I recently accepted an appointment as the North Carolina State Chair for the International Clarinet Association! I am so thankful for the good work the ICA is doing in our field, and I'm excited to partner with this venerable organization to bring together clarinetists of all stripes here in NC. The best is yet to come!