It's been such a long time...
Hi all - it's been two years since I last posted here. What a strange trip it has been! Here we are, in the middle of a worldwide pandemic, trying to figure out what is "normal" now, and how to adapt to a myriad of newness as it gets thrown at us on a daily basis.
Musically, even though the opportunities to present live music have been so curtailed, the chance to create new music has not been as heavily affected by this crisis. I have tried to "stay in the zone," as much as possible, and as a result, I have two new projects that I hope will see the light of day before the end of the year.
The first is a new CD release titled, "Swimming at Midnight," and will include four compositions spanning over twenty five years of work. Two cycles of art songs - an older cycle based on the poetry of Roxanne Lanier, and a brand new cycle based on the poetry of Isaac Rosenberg - have been wonderfully recorded by soprano Stephanie Mann and baritone Paul Soper, respectively, and I can't wait to share them with you! Also included on this release will be the complete realization of the title track - four pieces for solo piano performed by yours truly, and a short trio composed in 2014.
On the theatrical side of things, I continue to work on my new family musical, "Hannah and Maggie." Based on the novel, "The Art of the Swap," by Kris Asselin and Jen Malone, the act one draft is ready, and though the scheduled reading for it was postponed back in March, I am working through act two, with hopes that it can have a reading in either late 2020 or early 2021.
That's what's happening here in Coronaland. I will try and be more diligent with these posts, but my greater wish is that you all stay safe and healthy.