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Concerts, concerts, and more concerts.

The OU Composition Department has decided that all of this semester's recitals should take place in the next week, and I, while busy, will be presenting a couple of new pieces.

Thursday, April 12, 8pm, Morris R. Pitman Recital Hall, CMC – The Music Technology Area presents “inner sOUndscapes I” with guest composer Benjamin Broening. Fixed media, live electronics, and all sorts of fun stuff.

Saturday, April 14, 6pm, Pitman Recital Hall, CMC – OU Student Composer's Recital I, featuring (as you may have guessed) student composers.

Sunday, April 15, 6pm, Pitman Recital Hall, CMC – OU Student Composer's Recital II, which opens with the premiere of my Nocturne for Prepared Piano (and unprepared pianist).

Monday, April 16, 8pm, Pitman Recital Hall, CMC – Music Technology Area's “inner sOUndscapes II” which will feature music for computers, sensors, synthesizer improvisation, and fixed media. My Creatures from the Black Bassoon will receive its OU premiere, and Ioannis Andriotis, Zach Phillips, and I will present our Real-Time MIDI final project The Shadow, which will include live MIDI processing, a disklavier, webcam color-tracking, and a swordfight.

And finally, on Wednesday, April 18, 8pm, Choir Room, CMC – the New IMPROV! Century Ensemble (N!CE) will present “It's N!CE in the Kitchen”, where we will be performing an evening of meditative music for objects from the kitchen, including wineglasses, egg timer, pots+pans, straws, favorite recipes, audience participation, and much more.

You should go to some of these.

Foi dans l’aleatoire wins 2012 Beethoven Club Composition Contest

I'm pleased (ecstatic, really) to announce that Foi dans l'aleatoire has won first place in the 2012 Beethoven Club Student Composition Contest sponsored by Luna Nova Music. I'll be in Memphis June 20-23 for the Belvedere Chamber Music Festival, where Luna Nova flutist John McMurtery and pianist Andrew Drannon will be performing the work, and presumably many others that I didn't write.

Wheee!