My new POLYPHONOS commission The Blue Booby was premiered and given two subsequent performances in Seattle and Tacoma by The Esoterics (Eric Banks, cond.). I had the opportunity to have a four day residency in Seattle with the ensemble, coaching, speaking with audiences about my work, and meeting with all of the wonderful members of the ensemble.
As part of the program, I will be fulfilling two new 5 minute commissions for chorus: one free, the other specifically intended for high school voices. I will also be receiving mentorship from composer Timothy Takach during the composition and rehearsal process. Performances are slated for November 2017 at the Minnesota ACDA Conference, and March at McNally Smith College.
A whole group of artists from MN and beyond have all come together in support of its diverse communities through song, speech, and art. Conductor Ahmed Anazaldua will be leading a chorus to perform and premiere works which reflect the rich cultural diversity of the USA, including my new SSAA and handbell choir work O, Cupbearer a setting of a Rumi quatrain, sung in Farsi. I will also be performing as part of the initiative.
Help us KILL XENOPHOBIA.