I recently created a new video of “Chiyogami Suite” from the performance at VIPA with Jenny Lin. Enjoy!
I am proud to announce that I have been selected to participate in the Alba Music Festival in Alba, Italy this summer! I will also have a new work performed there for it’s world premier! Here is the link for the festival: http://www.albacomposition.com
I had the honor of attending the Valencia International Performance Academy (VIPA) and Festival in July. It was a 10-day festival where we attended lessons, master classes, and concerts with amazing composers. The composition faculty for the 2015 session included Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann, Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, with guest composers Stefano Gervasoni and Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez. I also had the honor of having my composition “Chiyogami Suite” performed there by the amazing pianist Jenny Lin.
The first movement of my Chiyogami Suite “Just Before” has been picked as part of the SCI Region V Mixtape!
Art by Jerry Bedor Philips http://jerryfish.net/
When I began writing Chiyogami Suite, I was struggling to find inspiration. As a vocalist and a composer of many vocal pieces, I was used to having a text to work with. Inspiration finally did come, but not through text. This time, I found inspiration through the works of art of a friend of mine, Jerry Philips. Each movement of the suite is based on one of his pieces by the same title. The term “chiyogami” is used to describe a type of brightly colored, decorative Japanese paper.
“Another Day Goes By” is an extremely emotional piece for me. My father wrote the poem on a sheet of notebook paper and I was only made aware of the poem’s existence when my father suddenly passed away on May 30, 2008. He was 51 years old. My parents divorced when I was very young, and “Another Day Goes By” was written as a father’s reaction to the sudden loss of his children. It speaks of knowing that his children are growing up away from their father and of the realization of all that he is missing.