Monthly Archives: August 2012

Commissioning Project: Build Your Own Repertoire

Just over a year ago, when PCB was still just a gleam in my eye, I had an idea. It stemmed from my desire to really advance the brass quintet in its micro-genre and in the macro-genre of chamber music. What I noticed about other groups in the chamber music world was that composers were […]

Sound Bites / Relevancy

Whether it’s your classroom or your concert hall, the key is to be relevant to your audience. Don’t know if you are relevant, or unsure how to be? Check out my blog post about it. What does it mean to be relevant to your audience?

Sightreading Sundays

Feeling very chromatic today. Useful to get you out of the comfort zone and mess with your muscle memory a bit. Download the Sightreading Sundays music here!

What Others Say / Victor Hugo

Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent. —Victor Hugo, French poet and novelist

What Music Looks Like / Bach Contrapunctus 9

My brass quintet, Phoenix Chamber Brass, is working on music for our upcoming season, and we’ve decided to do several parts of “The Art of Fugue,” including this one. So I found this the other day and thought it was really interesting to see the sheet music, the performer, and an abstract visual representation of […]

Are Your Relevant?

(That is, is there anyone at your concert?) One of the several blogs I keep up with is The Rest Is Noise, from the New Yorker’s music critic, Alex Ross. He really has his finger on the pulse of classical music in the modern age. There is rarely an event worth noting that makes it […]

What Music Looks Like / African Suite

Heard this on NPR the other day and found it enchanting. Andrew York’s Mbira (from the African Suite) played by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.