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Update 7: the Six remaining horns have arrived
I have just received the remaining six train horns from Nathan Airchime! They have loaned me these excellent instruments for the building of the Distance Organ: what will be the loudest pitched instrument in the world. My choices of horns are highlighted in orange:My next step is to purchase the dollies so I can finalize the design of the steel base and plumbing. My twin brother Kevin, meanwhile is designing the sounder remote controls. More news to come soon!Thank you Nathan Air...

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Distance 2 -Update 6: The First Train Horn has arrived!
I received the first of seven Nathan Air Chime train horns !The Nathan Air Chime company, the oldest and most respected of all train horn companies has offered me a loan of seven horns for the Distance Music project. This K1L  horn is made of thick cast and machined aluminum: very rugged! It has a 1/2in NPT main inlet port on the bottom of the manifold. This horn is the largest - a C4 261Hz. At 100 psi and 50 cubic...

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Distance 2 - Update 5: Prototype Document A
Portable, Radio-Controlled Sounder Construction: Engineering Goals Prototype first horn Build seven total horns Each sounder will operate separately Each sounder will be built on a steel 2 wheel hand truck for easy mobility strapping, bungie-cords, welding http://www.harborfreight.com/bigfoot-hand-truck-97568.html#<script%20type= $45 as shown Best option: Self-powered Advantages Sounder placement can be anywhere the unit can be wheeled within 1 mile Provides the option to place sounders in Lake Eola for Oct 25 Having Sounders in the lake provides me with superior musical...

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Distance 2 - Update 4: Support from Nathan Airchime company!
The venerable Nathan Airchime company is contributing to the Distance 2 project with a loan of a complete scale of 7 train horns! I will begin researching how I will build the sounders using a single 1L A440 hz horn.Distance 2 is my second "Distance music" work for the outdoors that includes 3 brass choirs on tops of tall buildings and 7 train horns in and around Lake Eola in Orlando, Florida. It will be performed on the morning of...

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Distance 2 - Update 3: Grant from The Awesome Foundation!
I received word today from The Awesome Foundation that I won $1000 to support my building of my first Sounder for Distance 2! (check out the link!)This will be fun. ...

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Distance II - update 2
 "The Distance Music Project" continues to explore with spatial effects and musical perception with new music composed for sound sources that span large distances. Called "distance music' this approach began in the work inSPIRE (2012)  (see video!). "Thanks to Ron Cook and the American Cancer Society, we have a great chance of having a portion of the 50,000+ 2014 Breast Cancer Walkers join us for the premiere on Saturday morning October 25th!  Ron will help us with media coverage that is...

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Heisler/Yeh Duo to premiere "Happy Crazy" for Sax & Piano
The premiere of "Happy Crazy" for Alto Saxophone and Piano, and other new pieces by Sun Mi Ro, Thad Anderson, Scott Dickinson, David Nielsen, Robby Elfman and Justin White will be performed by the duo of Jeff Heisler and I-Chen Yeh this November 24th, 2013 at the Timucua White House. This is a CF2, Central Florida Composers Forum concert. November 24th, 2013Timucua White House (home of Benoit Glazer)2000 South SummerlinOrlando, Florida7:30 pm  (doors open at 7:00)The cost per ticket is $13,...

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Distance II - update 1


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The Distance II project
Distance Music: Concept As sound travels to a specific location, it is delayed by about 1millisecond per foot to reach any given point. Distance Music takes advantage of this delay by placing sound sources at large distances from the audience. The composition accounts for these delays by having musicians farther from the audience play earlier, so as to make up for the time required for the sound to travel the distance. But, more importantly, if musicians and sound sources are placed...

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Article about inSPIRE published in DESIGNING SOUND Magazine
Thanks to Doron Reizes, Audio Professional, Designing Sound magazine has published an  about the "inSPIRE for 22 Brass, Carillons, C Bell and Distance".  Check it, and all of the excellent articles out at:"inSPIRE, The Distance Music Experiment: Acoustic Explorations in Composition"Thank you Doron!...

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Synchronizing Live Orchestra with Pre-recorded Video
For the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's (OPO) May 31st Gala fundraiser for 2013, again at Full Sail University's Live venue, the orchestra decided to create a program of familiar repertory that was to be highlighted with striking visuals. The theme of the show was "Music of the Night"; a series of pieces beginning with dusk through early evening for part I; midnight for part 2; and pre-dawn late night through dawn for part 3. The music of the first 2/3rds...

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Photo: Dante Duphorne
CFCF Strings Concert a great success!
On May 12th, my song "the still unborn about the dead", one of the "5 Stanescu Songs", received its best ever performance in 20 years by Julie Batman (soprano), Rimma Bergeron-Langlois (1st violin), Alexander Stevens (2nd violin), Mauricio Céspedes (viola), David Bjella (cello) and Jamila Tekali (piano). I am indebted to these musicians for the huge amount of work they put into giving this music life. This is the first time this song, or any from the same set, has been...

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Conducting the Orlando Philharmonic
Guest Conducting the Orlando Philharmonic, May 18 2013 @ The Springs I learned a great deal by conducting the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra in Aaron Copland's "Variations On A Shaker Melody". As a composer, I often take the conductor's role for granted. One new insight was the amount of flexibility a conductor wields over the outcome of the performances. Though this allows for bold interpretive freedoms, it demands a heavy responsibility to use it well. Plus, there is little room for...

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"Studies in Flowing Meter" is going to Italy with the Sunshine Quartet
Kevin Strang, the creator of central Florida's best clarinet quartet, "The Sunshine Quartet", received word that they will be traveling to Assissi, Italy to give performances of three new works, one of them being my recent "Studies in Flowing Meter". The event is the annual International Clarinet Convention, July 24th through 28th. Their performance will occur at the Sala Delle Volte at noon, Friday July 26th.The Sunshine Quartet is:Keith KoonsJennifer RoyalsJessica Hall-SpeakKevin StrangThe world premiere of these works will precede...

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Audio Engineering: h2 Saxophone Quartet
I had the pleasure of recording the excellent saxophone quartet, h2, this May 4th, along with Benoit Glazer, at his home, the Timucua White House. This quartet is superb. During a recording session, one really gets deeper insights to a groups' abilities and character. h2 has the group-mind that develops over years of playing together. Like old married couples (these folks are young, by the way) - that don't need to say much to communicate a complex idea, these dedicated musicians...

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"Runaway Hearts" film score
I've gained a contract from film director, Keith Alan Morris, to score his latest feature film "Runaway Hearts". Starring John Schnieder, Wendell Pierce, Ali Landry, Nick Gomez and Jay Kenneth Johnson - this heartwarming story follows the path of two children who runaway from a terrible home life where they lose their mother to addiction. Their plight and fight for survival inspire empathy and protection from a broken man, healed by their love.The majority of tracks for this production will be...

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Accidental Music Festival: Michelle Amato, Sean Stork sing from my "Starboy" electronic opera!
On Saturday November 10th, the Accidental Music Festival and the Central Florida Composers Forum are presenting a concert "Ghost in the Machine". This concert will focus on electroacoustic music. The concert, at the Timucua White House, will begin at 5:30pmSoprano Michele Amato and baritone Sean Stork have graciously agreed to sing two songs from my 2004 Opera preview, "Starboy"! The amazingly multifaceted Michelle is loved across the world for her passionate vocals for Yanni. In jazz circles she is recognized for her...

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inSPIRE update 2
The inSPIRE project for Brass, Bells, Carillons and Distance is next Saturday October 20th at noon! The piece will be heard all through the city.No fewer than TWENTY-TWO brass players, three Carillon players and a Bell-ringer are dedicating their time to this project!!!! Orlando needs to recognize that that curiosity about sound, new music approaches and having fun playing up high have lured some of the best musicians in Central Florida. Thanks go to Benoit Glazer, founder of Timucua and the...

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YCC West a resounding success
The National Young Composer's Challenge - West  About 130 promising young composers ranging from 11-18 years old came to our first YCC West event at the beautiful San Domenico School in San Anselmo, California. We were delighted to find a fantastic group of young musicians truly interested in becoming composers, showing deep interest in the craft and the emotions that it wakens in us all. Steve Goldman, is the heart of the YCC, a composer and physicist. Alasdair Neale is the...

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"Equilateral" for Clarinet Quartet
"Equilateral" is the first of three pieces for Clarinet Quartet that explore Flowing (or Oscillating) Meter. These are the first works involving more than one performer that use this new approach to 'organic' time. Kevin Strang, a well known professional clarinettist and educator in the Orlando area asked me to compose this work for the Sunshine Clarinet Quartet of which he is a member. The group is planning on attending the ClarinetFest®2013 in Assisi, Italy to perform this and two...

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What is 'Flowing Meter'?
Flowing, or Oscillating METER Meter is an usually conceived as a ruler-like, evenly measured timing grid upon which the timing of musical events are calculated. Like the ticking of a clock, the tempo is steady in order to keep the flow of the music's rhythm from being distorted by compression or expansion, unless the style or common practice, i.e. rubato, calls for it.  To our feeling perceptions, meter is congruent to repeated body movement and physically felt - like...

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Young Composer's Challenge - West!
The Young Composers Challenge, the lovechild of composer Steve Goldman, expanded Nationally two and a half years ago to cover the entire nation. This year, we've duplicated our events to support that expansion - YCC West. Like our free all-day Seminars in the past, which usually occurred at the Downtown UCF FEIA building (thanks to composer Stella Sung), we will offer our first in California at the San Domenico School, in San Anselmo, California this Saturday October 6th.Attendees, composers ages 13-18,...

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inSPIRE project update 1
inSPIRE is a work for brass players, carillons and bells... and large distancesImagine. Walking downtown Orlando on a Saturday at noon.... October 20th - a beautiful time of year... and a large bell rings.. wait, do I hear a brass fanfare? Where is it coming from? The fanfare and chords echo through the buildings. People who hear it look up. A carillon begins to play in the distance. Another fanfare springs from the opposite direction! And another, and another - and...

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The inSPIRE Project - need brass players and videographers!
Imagine. Walking downtown Orlando on a Saturday at noon.... October 20th - a beautiful time of year... And a large bell rings..do I hear a brass fanfare? Where is it coming from? The fanfare and chords echo through the buildings. People who hear it look up. A carillon somewhere begins to play. It's like angels from heaven, or a movie soundtrack. Wait. There's another fanfare coming from the opposite direction! And another, and another - and more bells, and...

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Four Dimensions Rehearsal
April 20th, 2012Full Sail University VenueTo finally hear the Orlando Philharmonic play "Four Dimensions" and see Nathan Selikoff's work was a wonderfully mind-boggling. What an experience these last two days have been! Thank you, Full Sail University and Orlando Philharmonic! Jim Shelton, an important individual from the Friends of the Philharmonic, snapped some excellent photos of Friday night's rehearsal and sent them my way.First DimensionIn this shot, we catch one of the millions of amazing visual moments created in real-time by...

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Four Dimensions Development update 7
In my last update, Maestro Dirk Meyer and I realized that the most reliable method of triggering a sound event with a Wii-mote was pressing a button rather than using accelerometer data. Marc Pinsky, the Max Engineer for "Four Dimensions", designed this multi-channel 'sound server' application for the upcoming premiere which allows each trigger to fire off the sound in glorious 5.1 surround at 24bit/96kHz resolution. Four Dimensions is a work for a live orchestra (including EWI in the 'winds') and electronics premiering in Orlando this coming April 21st. It...

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Four Dimensions Development update 6
Four Dimensions is a work for a live orchestra (including EWI in the 'winds') and electronics. The electronics are pre-recorded. How will the electronics synch up to the orchestra during the performance?  I asked Marc Pinsky, the Max Engineer, to develop our use of a Nintendo Wii game controller (called a Wii-mote) to be used by the conductor, Dirk Meyer as a conducting baton - doubling as a baton for the orchestra and at the same time providing a useable...

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Four Dimensions Update 5
Brian Smithers is a saxophonist comfortable in legit, jazz and popular styles, an EWI-ist, arranger, author and music technologist extraordinaire. He will be playing the EWI for the April 21, 2012 "Symphony in HD" premiere of "Four Dimensions" with the Orlando Philharmonic. In this video, Brian demonstrates the EWI for us. Brian is a fellow Full Sail University employee, as is Marc Pinsky. Along with teaching Digital Audio Theory classes, Brian is the Department Chair of Workstations courses in the school's...

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Four Dimensions Development update 4
Four Dimensions Update 4 Four Dimensions is a work for Orchestra, EWI and Surround Electronics tracks commissioned by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for the "Symphony in HD: Live at Full Sail" Gala event on April 21st. This is one of several vids documenting the process of developing a Wii-mote, used as the conducting baton for the conductor, Dirk Meyer, to control the tempo of the prepared surround electronic score. One of the advantages of the wireless stream of information that will...

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Four Dimensions Development update 3
Four Dimensions Development Update 3Four Dimensions is a work for Orchestra, EWI and Surround Electronics tracks commissioned by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra for an April 21st premiere at Full Sail University's "Live" Venue. This is one of several vids documenting the process of getting a Wii-mote to provide a pulse to control the tempo of the prepared surround electronic score. Nathan Selikoff is the visual artist, who wants to use the data for his live immersive computer art. Marc Pinsky...

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Four Dimensions development update 2
Four Dimensions is my working title for the work commissioned by the Orlando Philharmonic for next April 21st. Recently, the engineer developing the wireless conducting baton, Marc Pinsky, and the Visual Artist, Nathan Selikoff, met for the first time over lunch. The generation of ideas that sparked up between these two highly creative men were fun to watch and I caught a bit of video of their conversation with my iPhone. At this juncture, Marc is planning to use the video...

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Four Dimensions development update 1
The visual imagery is very important to the success of our "Concert of the Future" premiere in April with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. Developing an overall form with Nathan Selikoff,  my visual design artist, would therefore be crucial. During our second meeting, Nathan Selikoff and I came up with a plan for this work for Orchestra and Electronics.  We began with my ideas that the work should be:a simple gesture about growth: no time for anything more complicatedSomething organic in growthSomething exciting, that...

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Citadel for Symphonic Band MIDI realization
Citadel is my first composition for a large ensemble, symphonic band, written in 1975 when I was a junior in high school. Our beloved and respected band director, Art Baldwin (a.k.a. "Sarge") saw the score and offered to try it out with the band. Though we didn't play it for the last concert like I hoped, we did read it a few times. Sarge allowed me to take the podium and was impressed that I could easily identify and correct wrong...

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ASCAPLUS award
I've just received a letter from the Concert Division of ASCAP, the Association of Songwriters, Composers and Publishers of the news that I've been selected as a winner of the 2011-12  ASCAPLUS award.This award recognizes my creative contributions to American music this past year.Thanks, ASCAP!...

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"Concert of the Future" - a new commission for full orchestra and electronic music
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra asked me to compose a short musical work to entertain, dazzle and inspire the attendees at their Gala fund raising concert for April 2012. I am  excited be a part of what the OPO is billing as a "Concert of the Future".The event will take place at Full Sail University's new Venue, a multipurpose hall stuffed with the latest, greatest sound and lighting gear and most competent show production staff in the world.I am planning to...

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Accidental Music Festival premiere of "Suite for Trumpet..."!
A wonderful Cover Story from the Orlando Weekly explains the series. Thanks Orlando Weekly for using my quotes!(this is the article without images)COVER STORY On a recent Saturday morning, composer Keith Lay sits down at a table at Urban ReThink and briefly surveys the room before settling into a conversation about his music. Sitting in an armchair near the window is young composer John Alvarez, who studied with two of the most well-known modern composers in Florida: Stella Sung and Ladislav...

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A new ballet piece for a ballet in Second Life
New music for the Second Life company Ballet Pixelle! Listen   "Unlike other ballet companies, Ballet Pixelle uses new technology to take the art form into a unique environment to new and existing spectators - the first and only of its kind. The company performs in and takes advantage of a 3D Internet virtual world called Second Life®. The company creatively utilizes unique aspects of the virtual reality, e.g., transforming from human into animal or growing old on stage. The ballet...

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A new commission from the Carolyn Enyon Singers!
I am honored to have received a commission to compose a new work for chorus from the superb Carolyn Enyon Singers! Located in the greater Phoenix area, the CE Singers are dedicated to performing the choral works of American composers at the highest standards  since their inception in 2005. Known for their wide ranging and entertaining programming, the CE singers draw from the choral literature ranging from sacred, classical and contemporary creations to other lighter material such as vocal jazz, standards,...

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Suite for Trumpet, Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello PREMIERE
The family of Benoit Glazer will give the world premiere of "Suite for Trumpet, Piano, Violin, Viola & Cello" this September 11 at the White House. This little suite in 5 movements was written for this wonderful family .Benoit Glazer - trumpetElaine Glazer - pianoCharles Edouard Glazer - violinCamille Glazer - violaJean-Marie Glazer - cello7:30 PMTimucua White House 2000 S. Summerlin Ave. 407-595-2713 www.timucua.comIt will be an evening of new music, a part of the "Accidental New Music Festival", including:In The Beginning - by John...

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Teen Battle of the Bands in Orlando
I had the privilege to represent Full Sail as a judge for this year's Orlando Teen Battle of the Bands. This tasty little event was held on the first floor of the Orange County Library. Who'd of thought? I think that it is fascinating that a music form born out of teen angst against could be placed in such a cornerstone of society with nary a thought. Natalie Houston, the Youth Outreach Coordinator of the library system did a great...

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Joshua Bell in Orlando
Believe the hype - Magical music. I want to throw away all of my copies of the overplayed and over recorded Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D, Op. 35. I finally heard it last night. I don't want to hear it any other way now. I never want to hear a girl play this piece of music again now that I've heard it performed with strength and control only available to a male athlete. Don't misunderstand me: Bell wasn't overzealous or macho...

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"Earth Caoine" played by Stoltzman is now available on iTunes!
"Earth Caoine", my tone poem for clarinet and orchestra was recorded by the two-time Grammy winning clarinetist Richard Stoltzman and the Warsaw National Philharmonic orchestra back in 1996 with MMC Records. MMC stopped operations just after they released the record in 2005, and the cut never made it to iTunes as agreed upon. That legally buried my piece with a dead label. What a terrible shame that it would not be heard. But, Bob Lord, the CEO of the PARMA record group understood...

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Alondra de la Parra conducts the Orlando Phil
This last Saturday April 9th, the Orlando Philharmonic audience was treated to hear our nicely seasoned orchestra under the up-and-coming 30 year old fireball Alondra de la Parra. She is beautiful and captivating to watch - moving, often mid-bar, between forcefully beating time or cueing an emphasis -  and the most graceful body, arm, hand and head motions I've ever witnessed on a podium. At those times, ms de la Parra shaped the air with delicate, sensuous wrist twists and the...

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A new work for Band in memory of Art "Sarge" Baldwin
I went to High School from 1972 to 1976 in the small town of Wadsworth, Ohio - and loved it. One of the most important parts of high school life was being a part of the band under our beloved band director: the late, great Art Baldwin, whom we called "Sarge". I have recently received a commission to write a work for band in his honor. Sarge was a life guide through action and compassion. I imagine that every band member ever to pass...

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Adelle Cotton at the White House
Benoit Glazer's "white house" is an amazing phenomenon. I've blogged about it often and attend the classical and jazz offerings fairly frequently. But, seeing this 'indie-rock' girl duo Adelle Cotton come up on the list, Joy and I decided to go. The evening started out with the Glazer's two youngest. Benoit at the piano led his 13 year old son Elaine on cello and 16 year old Camille on viola through a lovely light jazz composition from his past. The carbon...

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David Behrman concert
Composer David Behrman and friends at the Timucua White HouseThe amazing Atlantic Center for the Arts once again graciously offered to present one of their resident master composers at Orlando's beloved Timucua White House this last Monday night, Feb 28th. The composer for this Outreach was David Behrman, a gentle, softvoiced man with crazy white curly hair and a vastly receded hairline, bold blue eyes and wearing a comfortable purple paisley shirt. An excellent showing of music lovers and wines warmed...

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Young Composers Challenge Seminar this Saturday!
Hear Ye Hear Ye!!..all young composersEspecially those between 13 and 18 years of age- Come to the FREE Young Composers Challenge seminar at at the UCF Center for Emerging Media, located in the Orlando Centroplex at 500 West Livingston Street in downtown Orlando. There, YCC founder and fellow composer Steve Goldman, Rollins College composer Dan Crozier, UCF composer Chris Marshall and I will present a program to help you join the competition. Register here. Already, the seats are packed! Join the...

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Laurent Boukobza and Tzimon Barto at Full Sail's Live Venue
The generous leading regional pianists Laurent Boukobza and Tzimon Barto performed at Full Sail Live auditorium this evening as at support the Florida International Piano Competition. The first half of the program consisted of Brahms' Sonata in F minor. The second half of the program featured each pianist solo, and finished up with Ravel's "La Valse". The venue was nearly full - an admirable success, indeed. Congratulations are in order by the vivacious Ellen Hamilton, leader of the organization, as well...

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The Top Ten Greatest Composers from the NY Times
Antonio Tommasini, the head music critic of the New York Times posed a question in his article The Greatest :  Film institutes periodically issue lists of the greatest films of all time. ("Citizen Kane" seems to have a lock on the top spot.) Rock magazines routinely tally the greatest albums ever. And think of professional tennis, with its system of rankings, telling you exactly which player is No. 1 in the world, or 3, or 59.  Imagine if we could...

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Composing a new Trio for Helicon Brass: "Adventures of the Corporate Brass"
Sam Zambito, the trumpet player for the Helicon Brass asked me a while back if I was interested in writing them a trio. Their group group consists of Sam on trumpet, Pamela Titus on horn and Joey Vascik on trombone. They play a wide variety of materials - and are open to new works. They are a tight group with beautiful tone and tremendous dexterity - able to leap tall buildings of frequency in a single semihemidemiquaver and still nail...

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OPO and Yekwon Sunwoo
The Florida International Piano Competition presented itself as a high order organization this last Saturday night at Bob Carr Performing Arts Center with the Orlando Philharmonic. Yekwon Sunwoo performed Chopin's 2nd Piano Concerto. Over the years, guest pianists have performed with the OPO - each with their specialty; but, to me, this 21 year old Korean boy articulated the finest phrases and most delicate power of them all. His choice of Chopin revealed a flowing hand; his fast octave passages never...

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Suite for Trumpet, Piano, Violin, Viola & Cello delivered
I delivered the score and parts of "Suite for Trumpet, Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello" to Benoit and Elaine Glazer this month. They are always open and warm - even to unannounced morning drop-ins! Elaine mentioned that had been playing through a little of the 3rd movement, "Lesson on the Circle" from the earlier 3 movement version of this suite called "Three Lessons". I briefly showed them the changes made to that movement and sketched out the other movements. Benoit...

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In Dulci Jubilo: The Joyful Sounds of Christmas concert
The First United Church of Orlando hosted a free concert in its voluminous church hall this last Monday evening. I didn't expect much from the music; but looked forward to hearing the familiar old carols and spending a nice evening with my wife, Joy. The megachurch trend almost requires big Christmas concert productions for their congregations. This church has apparently stayed in 'High Church" music of classical and new piano and choir arrangements - and had not given much into drumsets, amps...

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Ponciana Sunrise - Mary Ann Carroll
I want to recommend the documentary "Ponciana Sunrise" by filmaker Chuck Gomez to anyone who can find a way to see it. It tells the story of the only woman in the now well-know group of 25 black artists from south Florida known as the Highwaymen. Her name is Mary Ann Carroll. This woman is a fine example of hard work, creativity, patience, sensitivity, surrender and personality. This film made me aware of The Highwaymen, Florida Art and gave me...

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Crossing Boundaries - Orlando Ballet
Orlando Ballet's Katia Garza choreographed Steve Goldman's one movement piece for orchestra, Acadian Dances for the Orlando Ballet. The whole process was documented by Greig Powers and presented last night at the Orlando Film Festival. The title of the film is "Crossing Boundaries". I recommend this delightful short documentary. The arc of storytelling begins with Steve Goldman, the composer talking about the process of composing. It then moves to the challenge of choreography by Katia. The shooting of the ballet...

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Orlando Philharmonic's "Myth and Poetry"
Let's all hope that more music people get their butts to the Orlando Phil concerts. Even the most cynical, nitpicking, musical-doomsaying and typical 'Orlando is a cultural wasteland' parrot would have to raise their eyebrows in wonder at last night's well attended concert. Joy and I left feeling immensely satisfied. Kudos to Maestro Chris Wilkins for blending the obscure (Sung, Chausson) with standard repertoire showpieces. 1. The Phoenix Rising by Stella Sung2. Poeme for Violin and Orchestra, op 25 by Ernest Chausson3....

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Jaron Lanier's disappointing "Symphony for Amelia"
I attended two performances of Jaron Lanier's new work, "Symphony for Amelia", a setting of a poem by Amelia Lanier, who may have been a muse of both William Shakespeare and William Byrd. Even after hearing the work twice, I can only recall the music in a patchy and imprecise way. The work began with a soprano solo  (Janette Zilioli) presenting solemn thematic material - a modal stepwise melody reminiscent of the early polyphonic renaissance: stepwise and without obvious form...

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I am presenting my education ideas at a World Conference!
I have been accepted to present my Revealed Peer Grading system at the E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education! September 29, 2010 Dear Keith Lay and co-authors: Authors: Keith Lay , Full Sail University, USA We are pleased to inform you that the Program Committee of E-Learn 2010--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, after rigorous peer review, has decided to accept your submission for presentation. E-Learn 2010 will be held in Orlando,...

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A Fourth Lesson
Benoit Glazer has graciously asked me for a piece for his family ensemble, and I'd composed three short works, titled "Three Lessons" for him earlier this year. But the rush of night classes and a busy home life did not permit me to spend as much time as I'd have liked on these works. I have begun a "Fourth Lesson" which will be full of articulated counterpoint to balance the other three works. Here's how it's coming so far (Trumpet, Piano, Violin,...

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Mahler's Second Symphony
Last year, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra opened their 2009 season with Beethoven's 9th - and I couldn't think of a better way to top it. But, Chris Wilkins could: RESURRECTION SYMPHONYSaturday, September 25, 2010 8:30 PMChristopher Wilkins, conductorJanette Zilioli, sopranoSarah Limper, mezzo-sopranoThe Orlando Philharmonic Concert Opera ChoirThe University of Central Florida ChorusMahler: Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection"What an amazing work - and a fantastic performance. My wife Joy couldn't attend and my youngest son, Brendon,14,  wanted to attend.  Brendon, 14, LOVED it,...

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MAC wk4 Being the Board and Creating the Framework of We
Full Sail invited a guest leadership trainer some 8 or so years ago who successfully pounded the phrase "you are the land!" into his presentation. The idea was that our classrooms or managed teams, etc. would follow the rules much like water follows the land. If changes need to be made, then create new guidelines. If you don't, then, like water, the rules will erode the weak spots and things will get out of control. Zander's 'being the board' is similar,...

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MAC wk4 Publishing/Leadership Project part 3 of 3
Here are my targets for presenting RPG research:The most promising of all of the conferences is ISTE for 2011 in Philadelphia. Not only is there a call for presenters, they specify a "Bring Your Own Laptop" session which would be perfect to demonstrate Revealed Peer Grading with Concept Share. Concept Share runs on any email and web browser! Plus, the deadline  of Mid October seems do-able. My second choice is the Ed-Media World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications in...

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MAC wk4 Publishing/Leadership Project part 2 of 3
I have not heard back from Concept Share yet, regarding any official interest in RPG, and need to consider where I might present my action research project. My RPG project can be published both as both a paper and a presentation. The best would be an open demonstration/workshop/lecture where folks bring their own laptops!Joe Bustillos supplied us with a long list of possible places. After looking through mission statements and submission requirements, I am interested in following up with these:Conferences:Florida...

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Week Four Publishing - Leadership
Dear colleagues, This is a simplified version of the keynote that I plan to use as a presentation conduit for my AR project. Professional media education is facing two major challenges: 1) how can education best meet both student and teacher needs for rich media assessments, and 2) how can teachers help students prepare to enter the media profession after graduation? Affordable media production tools are enabling educators to assign audio, music, 2D image, 3D, animation and video based projects. But, do...

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wk 4 Publishing/Leadership Project blog 1 of 3
My Revealed Peer Grading [RPG] project is both a process and a product. The product is the actual mechanism embodying the process. For now, I have employed Concept Share software. Publication of my project is plausible with many journals and conferences. I prefer to present my ideas in front of an audience and provide workshops to experience it rather than simply present a paper. My hope is that ConceptShare, a Canadian company which has supported my research by providing me with workspaces to...

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MAC wk3 The Way Things Are Give Way to Passion
Benjamin Zander discusses "The Way Things Are" in Chapter 7 and "Giving Way to Passion" in The Art of Possibility. This is the core of Buddhist teachings as well, as well as a large body of counseling/psychiatric practices. After working lots a factory line and retail jobs through my early 20s, getting paid to do things that I really loved was such a joy. I became one of those people who find themselves on an upward trajectory for many decades. I...

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MAC wk2 "meta" - Google
Here's a cool idea: According to an article posted on Fast Company, Google has acquired a little company called Metaweb which is going to change how Google works. First, entities are derived out of the many references to them. An entity is simply a single thing that many words on the net now refer to. The entities are built and stored in an open database called Freebase. These entities are smart, rather than boxes of associations to allow real usability in...

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MAC wk2 The Art of Possibility - Contribution - Leadership - Rule #6
To contribute is human; whatever we do affects the communities to which we belong - whether consciously or not. Even a smile is a contribution. When we deliberately contribute to a chosen community in a positive way: that is, to give time, energy and attention to it - it is a valuable gift. However, this only works if the contribution is done out of pure generosity  - or as Zander puts it - from the 'central self'. This part of...

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MAC wk1 response
Wk One Reading: The Art of Possibilities Chapter 1-3Thursday, July 1, 2010 Oh! "The box" described as a universal guide to restricting one's own rationales that limits new actions in creating inventive logical choices. It is all invented, "Arts after all, is about rearranging us, creating surprising juxtapositions, emotional openings, startling presences, flight paths to the eternal." (Zander, B., & Zander-Stone, R., 2000)In full awake fullness, we produce reasons for our actions that are rational, plausible, and guided by the logic...

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MAC wk1 A Recognizable Convergence of New Thought
The first three chapters of the Zander's book, The Art of Possibility (2000), restate an idea that is resonant in recent psychology, neurology, social science, spiritualism, physics and education which is: We have constructed a left brained world, and our health and survival depends on our learning how to integrate the right side, and body as well. In psychology, it emerges as techniques to integrate our many intelligences with our experience. In Neurology it is the discovery of the true...

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MAC wk1 Will computers eventually replace teachers in education?
The roles that teachers and technology play will certainly change; but they are too intertwined for one to take over the other.How? The basis of constructivism is that knowledge is built/fabricated/realized through relationships that exist in our environment. This is quite different than the classical point of view that knowledge is a mostly a function of computation - and that is the way we build computers - in that image of our brains. That image is more left brained now because...

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LMO wk4 E-learning is not yet "Deep Learning"


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July 8th is the due date for the Florida Arts Fellowship Application
Hey all Florida Composers!Just in case you weren't aware - The Florida Division of Arts and Culture has and Individual Artist Fellowship grant of $5000 for Contemporary Classical and Jazz composers. Find the application info here:http://www.florida-arts.org/grants/fellowship/Good luck to you all!...

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LMO wk3 Learning Management Systems and Organization
Gilbert and Gale's (2005) learning transaction model is a reduction of the basic interactions between learner and teacher that is posed in Laurillard's Conversational Framework into a something more useable for the e-learning environment. This new model suggests that each conversation that is guided by a shared learning goal and contains five conversational  states: Teacher tells, Teacher shows, Teacher Asks, Student Responds, Teacher Feeds back. This model represents both the Lecture state of direct learning (Teacher tells) and the...

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LMO wk2 SCORM: military trickledown for education and business
The DoD has to take its training efforts seriously because they are a matter of life and death. Beginning in WWI, the armed forces, dealing with 'shell shocked' thousands of veterans began researching for ways to do its job better without sending soldiers needlessly to death or injury. Today, all of the armed forces work with experts in learning science, training, and leader education to develop and integrate its learning approaches. In the words of Major General Robert Scales, "The...

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LMO wk2.2 Is education too structured? Ask 18 month old Carson
There's no way that even the best and fastest research could ever keep up with how we use technology in the classroom. Carson here, at 18 months old is proof of how interactive learning works. This is the first time he's ever seen an iPad. It doesn't take long for him to use it....... Where will this kid be by the time he hits kindergarden? Where will tech be?  Read the full article by Mike Henry from Advertising Age MagazineOK,...

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LMO wk2.1 Sir Ken Robinson 2010 TED...teachers become farmers
Our eloquent friend, Sir Ken Robinson at TED this February. I agree with his major points, especially that  1) the global warming is more than an external issue: it is an 'internal' issue, as well. Desire and consumption are at the root of global warming - not fossil fuels. This same spiritual sickness we suffer as our culture progresses also contributes to our willingness to squander our authentic lives away for a decent paycheck.2) A key to global warming as well...

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LMO wk 1 Response to
@ Mark West: "Faculty Use of CMSEducation Media and Technology Masters Degree! What a title and one that each of the students in this course has signed up for and desire to have and to earn but what or where does that take us?I agree with you that learning management software companies are not making things easy enough for us, the end-users. Too often, I see my colleagues flustered by time constraints and are pressured to use cookie cutter templates when...

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LMO Lay, Keith E-Learning development
As miraculous as they are, our brains are poorly designed for learning. In fact it is not at all designed for efficiency or order and, instead, develops best through selection and survival (Jensen, 2008). The direct teaching approaches that the West inherited from church and state sanctioned universities were the norm up through the mid twentieth century. Throughout history, communication technology, especially those of the written word and image media, challenged their claimed authority. In the early twentieth century,...

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LMO wk 1 Response "The Machine is Us(ing) Us
To: Tom KowaeskiI'd like to comment on the Michael Wesch video that you have posted "The Machine is Us(ing) Us" Tracing the evolution of the written word to digital text to hypertext to Web 2.0 mash-ups, this video presents a rhetorical question as to what could come next. Each evolution provided a quantum leap in connectivity - beginning with from one to many and ending with from many to many. As our understanding of human neuroscience evolves, the comparison of...

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LMO wk 1 Google's "Cloudcourse" LMS
Google is upsetting the online software community, as is their norm, by creating a free course management system. This is one for the history wiki! It is called "Cloudcourse". Cloudcourse is being developed with Google's "App Engine", cloud computing technology that they developed in 2008. Like other Google applications, cloudcourse will run on any browser, and is free up to a certain level of required resources (space, bandwidth). Cloudcourse is currently in its early open source code stages. Anyone with knowledge of...

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Clark Aldrich: a pioneering mind for positive change in education
Clark Aldrich is brimming with ideas and loves to present them for free. I think Alrich's willingness to put his ideas out for free is because he has so many of them; and knows that his ideas will sell him better than being associated with a blog or two (or twenty). He seems to be quite the pioneer. His scope is both macro and micro - his knowledge stemming from his experiences in trying out his ideas and his willingness...

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Jaron Lanier': Has the internet turned bad?
Jaron Lanier spoke at Rollins College in nearby WInter Park to, at least partly, promote his new book You Are Not a Gadget. I had not been aware of Mr. Lanier until I received an email from Chip Warren which included Lanier's biography. The fact that the gentleman had a personal history with the beginnings of virtual reality, computer manufacturing, and was a composer was intriguing to me. Especially since his latest commission is from the Winter Park Bach Festival,...

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Three Lessons
I've just finished a new work for the Benoit Glazer family (of White House/timucua.com fame) to take to France. Scored for each family member: Trumpet, Piano, Violin, Viola and Cello. It is called "Three Lessons". The first movement is an exploration of time, called "Lesson On Time and Space". Built upon a motionless rich sonority, the piece unfolds exploring texture, dynamics and how sonorities interact. Inspired by the work of Morton Feldman. The second movement is an adaption of an older work...

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Color Cathedral
Last night, the Orlando Philharmonic performed a concert of four works under the title of "Color Cathedral". Featured were:Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture, op. 36 Respighi:Church WindowsDebussy:Sunken Cathedral Sung:The Circle ClosesThe fact that the evening would be unique was evident at entering the Bob Carr: two semicircular trusses hung from the ceiling, one at the proscenium and the other at the back of the orchestra: each fitted with a half dozen or so moving lights and LED sets, as well as color cans. The...

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Alejandro Jenkins: multiple universes?
Steve Goldman, the Orlando area composer and philanthropist, sponsored the visit of Alejandro Jenkins to speak today at the University of Central Florida. Alejandro's work was featured in the January edition of Scientific American and the title of his article "Looking for Life in the Multiverse: Could the strange physics of other worlds breed life?"Alejandro presented his ideas with a Keyote presentation full of bright images, but was light on the math equations - which should have worked; but left...

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Orlando Philharmonic Focus concert
On Monday, February 15th, Sir Tamas Kocsis and the Orlando Philharmonic under Christopher Wilkins performed "On the Playground" for Violin Solo and String Orchestra at the Margeson Theater in the Orlando Shakespeare complex. This was the third public performance of this work, the others being the Saturday and Sunday beforehand.Tamas is a truly excellent performer. A difficult and challenging work, Tamas' bold toned personality glided through the first movement, sang gorgeously through the arching second movement, and nimbly jumped with...

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Avalon Park concert went nicely
Today, at 4pm, Tamas Kocsis and the Orlando Philharmonic presented the first movement of "On the Playground" to an outdoor audience at Avalon Park as the closing event of ArtsFest 2010.A busy day! Especially for my wife, Joy, who started the day early with her church job. Brendon, my youngest, needed to be at the UCF music building by noon so he could warm up for a piano competition there. He had prepared seven difficult pieces, two solos, some piano...

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Celebration Concert was a great success!
Last night, the superb violinist Tamas Kocsis presented "On the Playground" with the Orlando Philharmonic orchestra under the deft baton of Maestro Christopher Wilkins. Last night was one of the highlights of my life as a composer. So many aspects 'lined up' for yesterday evening: my wife Joy was there, my daughter Emily, my youngest son Brendon (we couldn't manage to get down to pick up my oldest son Chris), many of my friends, a warm and appreciative audience at...

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Orlando Philharmonic rehearsals going well
This Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Feb 11th evenings have been filled with the lively activities of a healthy arts community of Orlando, Florida. While the Shakespeare Society offers Hamlet on the stages in the north side of the building, the Orlando Opera Chorus rehearse Carmen on the south. One floor above them, the Orlando Philharmonic strings rehearse this weekend's concerts - "A String Romance".There, Percy Grainger, Vaughan-Williams, Holst, Debussy and Elgar are heard and polished. But most of all, they...

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Itzhak Perlman in Orlando
Itzhak Perlman: a magnificent human being.Though Bob Carr is a terrible hall for soloists, Mr. Perlman's large, personal sound was never overpowered by the orchestra. Credit for that, of course, also goes to Maestro Wilkins. The acoustic problem stems from the hall's lack of a ceiling: the soloist is placed past the transition from theater stage to audience area and left sonically naked.  Perlman's Beethoven was both joyous and stern. Eyes closed, his expressive face ever changing from grave to beaming...

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ArtsFest to feature Violin Concerto "On the Playground"
I just learned that the Orlando Philharmonic will perform the first movement of "On the Playground" at this year's ArtsFest! ArtsFest is United Arts of Central Florida's (the funding organization for all of the major to mid arts organizations this part of the state) annual weeklong festival of everything from touring major orchestras to clowns and face-painting in the parks. I'm honored to be featured on their Valentine's Day festivities! Sunday, Feb 14th (Valentine's Day)4PMAvalon Park3873 Avalon Park E. BlvdOrlando, FL...

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Thoughts on Popular Music
I can't know what is important to you about music because music is an internal experience. And, as an internal experience - it is your very own. Oliver Sacks, the psychologist portrayed by Robin Williams in the feature film Awakenings has written about the neurology of music. In his recent book, Musicophilia, Sacks summarizes his research into how our brains perceive music. Unlike brain models of old which theorized that music and sound perception was localized in specific portions of the...

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"If Ye Would Hear" premiered with "Christmas with the Orlando Chorale"
Friday, December 4th, 2009First United Methodist Church142 East Jackson StreetOrlando, FL "If Ye Would Hear" saw its premiere last night! Greg LeFils, Assistant Music Director, led the 20 voice Orlando Chamber Singers through my new arrangement of this ancient Dutch carol. Thank you Greg, for your dedication to my work, and thank you Gregory Ruffer, for being open to this and later work! The talented singers who put their hearts and attention to my and all of the other...

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'If Ye Would Hear' will Premiere this Friday Dec 4th
The Orlando Chorale will perform my new arrangement of "If Ye Would Hear". They'll do the original arrangement in F. I have just returned from the last rehearsal of the concert - they sound wonderful! Say hi if you attend! TICKETS$15 general admission (advanced purchase only; $20 at the door)$10 senior citizen<$5 studentfree for under 12Purchase tickets online: RedChairProject.comPhone orders: 407-786-8624 First United Methodist Church142 E. Jackson St.Orlando, Florida 32801Directions...

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Bartok's 4th String Quartet! - The Stradivari Quartet
Bartok's 4th String Quartet and the Stradivari Quartet The Stradivari Quartet visited Orlando (Winter Park) Florida on a lengthy US mid city tour this November 6th as a part of Rollins College's Visiting Artist Series. There was likely a number of folks in the audience that were drawn to the fact that all four instruments were made by the Italian master Stradivarius; a fact that was emphasized by Dr. Sinclair's introductory joking about the audience combined not having enough insurance...

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Orlando Philharmonic's "Russian Masters" with William Wolfram
Again, the OPO provided an excellent evening performance of concert faves:Rachmaninoff "Vocalise"Rachmaninoff "Piano Concerto No. 2" with William WoflramShostakovich "Symphony No. 5"William Wolfram's piano playing was almost too perfect. This may have been because the Steinway grand couldn't deliver the bottom resonances in the hall. Perhaps it was because the orchestra had precious little time to rehearse with him and therefore required a metronomic approach to ensure locking parts. Or, perhaps it was the way Mr. Wolfram plays. I'd guess...

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Elliot Sharp in Orlando
The Atlantic Center for the Arts is a Master Artist residency about 45 minutes east of Orlando in the coastal town of New Smyrna Beach. Elliot Sharp was one of the three master artists presiding over this residency. Lucky for Orlando, ACA provides a free outreach concert by the master artists, this one landing at the White House on Monday October 26th. Benoit Glazer's (the owner of the home) children were joined by several other musicians onstage and several off playing a fun,...

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Doing Vipassana
I've practiced meditation for many years on and off. It is only in the last decade that I have come to have a more regular sitting practice thanks to Peter Carlson who leads retreats, local meditation classes and leads the Orlando Insight Meditation Group. This last weekend I attended a 3 day retreat (actually a day + two half days) in Gotha, Florida (West Orlando). My intention was to reboot my mental turbulence, which has been growing since I've changed positions...

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If Ye Would Hear is coming along well in rehearsals
I've heard from the Orlando Chorale that "If Ye Would Hear" rehearsals are going well, and that I am invited to hear a rehearsal in November. A few changes to the score that were encouraged by Greg Ruffer, the director,  were:1. Tenors and Basses tessitura is on the high side, and the highest notes called for in those parts may be beyond a good church choir2. The Tenors prefer reading in the G clefSo, I've prepared a new version of...

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Larry Och's Sax and Drumming Core at the White House
I've been attending Benoit Glazer's Timucua concerts for quite a while, and it's about time I share them on my blog! Why?Because they are one of the most wonderful things one can experience - anywhere: a paragon of community, family and music. This Sunday evening, Larry Och's Sax and Drumming Core stopped in between their tour stops at the Dali Museum in St. Pete and their next stop in Buffalo, NY. This kind of audacious programming is not unusual for these concerts!...

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Orlando Philharmonic's "Ode to Joy"
Central Florida just hasn't gotten the news from the rest of the country that the classical music business is having a hard time. The Orlando Philharmonic is alive and doing well, thanks to great leadership. Music Director Christopher Wilkins seems to have a gift at knowing his audience - as well as knowing just what will delight them in surprise. The seasoning opening concert is a perfect example: who doesn't want to hear Beethoven's Ninth? The pairing with Brahm's light and...

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Online Communities of Practice
 Dan Goleman describes the "Social Brain" in Appendix B of his well known book,  Social Intelligence: The Revolutionary New Science of Human Relationships (Goleman, D., 2006, p.332) this way "All primates live among others who can help meet the demands of life, thus multiplying the resources available to any single member of the group - and putting a premium on smooth social interactions. The social brain seems to be among Nature's adaptive mechanisms for meeting the challenge of survival as...

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Gordon Brown and Clay Shirky on Social Media
In "Wiring a Web for Global Good", UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown delivers a strong point that empathy is alive and well on Earth and a Global Society is in reach thanks to current technology. In general, we are too busy with our daily concerns to worry too much about events beyond our personal horizon - that is, until an image is placed before us that we simply cannot ignore. Olof Palme, Prime Minister of Sweden believed that a global ethic supporting...

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If 'Ye Would Hear' is done
Play the Finale realization with score"If Ye Would Hear", the work to be premiered this December 4th at 8PM by the Orlando Chorale, is only one step from delivery to Gregory Ruffer. I need to 'sit' on the work for a few days and see it with a fresh ear, as I spent most of Saturday working towards its completion. As always, there are likely many details that I will catch yet: unclear accidentals, missing dynamics, crowded page spacings, etc., that...

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21st Century Skills & Lifelong Learning
Meditation Practice, Learning Practice and Art Practice Self understanding is important in media literacy  In this 2009 "Media Literacies" presentation at the Reboot Britain conference, Howard Rheingold told of catching his best student answering email during his lecture via a hidden camera in the back of the room. This led him to consider that some students can multitask efficiently while others cannot and banishing open laptops would be counterproductive. The computers were not the problem, but the students' lack of judgement about...

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Music Literacy and the Brain
Music Literacy and the Brain Dr. John Medina states in Brain Rules that the brain is a sequential processor and that multitasking is a myth. He suggests that what we think multitasking may be is actually simply task-switching. He produces research results to support this theory: that forcing the mind to do multitasking invites stress, that multitasking usually invites four times more errors than uninterrupted single task activities. Dr. Medina believes that driving and talking on a cell phone is an...

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If Ye Would Hear in progress v 09
If Ye Would Hear is coming along. Didn't have much time to get to it this week until yesterday. I'm now calibrating the ending (not down yet). As you can hear in this realization - this is a middle of the road Christmas cheer setting - with some tasty chords. In these cases, simpler is better (without getting too simple for fun). I hope this setting finds lots of willing voices. Flash version QuickTIme movie version (15MB)...

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Sharing
I've decided to share several collections: CDs, SACDs, books, etc. and other things that I LOVE. Better than (!) actually coming over and looking through my CD collection and bookshelves. I hope you take a look and say to yourself "hey! I love that CD too, or that book, too! - I think I've gotta send him a message and share my thoughts on it".  I hope that is the case. The software to make this all happen is called...

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Learning 2.0: Action Learning and Societal Change
Web 2.0 in EducationThe Jonassen Triangles (Jonassen, Rohrer-Murphy, 1999) beautifully relates relationships of technology, society, teaching and learning in this image model. Transformation (learning) is a result of action (Production) from subject through object. Learning by producing. Tools and signs (symbols) are the fulcrum on which the production provides leverage facilitating production from subject to object (think of a tool as a band-saw in shop class, or the result of research like a term paper). The brilliance of this model is...

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'If Ye Would Hear' progress
"If Ye Would Hear" for the Orlando Chorale is progressing nicely. Listen to it here. I've decided to move away from the original melody. Verses 1,2,4 and 6 are beaming with the joy of Christmas at home: food, merriment and warmth. But Dora Greenwell contrasts this kind of Christmas in these odd verses to the kind of Christmas that many people experience that is rarely sung about: barren, hungry, cold and weary. The last verse, Dora sings "See ye let each door...

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Teachers need to go truant for some fresh air
To where should creative educators look to find the keys to successfully preparing students for the 21st century? Probably not in education literature - but by watching how 2.0 transforms business. Clay Shirky has been focusing quite a bit in the first chapters of Here Comes Everybody on how 2.0 has already changed societies and how business world. Creativity is a key word to the new models. He suggests that creativity has been squashed dormant in our larger corporate systems...

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The Young Composers Challenge judging completed
Being a judge of compositions for Steve Goldman and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra's  Young Composers Challenge has been a wonderful experience through the years - and this year was no exception. Fellow composers Steve Goldman, Stella Sung, and Dan Crozier and I judged 44 works from about 3PM to 1AM this morning. First, we each received a score, and a MIDI realization of the work was played. The whole while, we made notes on the scores themselves, on a...

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Educational Media Design and Technology
Since June, I have been earning another Master's Degree, this one in Education. It is my first online degree program. Our fourth month class, called Emergent Technologies In A Collaborative Culture, requires us to develop over 40 connections to blogs relating to education. I have received permission from our teacher, Dr. Seigel, to employ this journal as my site. My reasons for doing so are to 1) create traffic on my own website, and 2) to begin to weave my...

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If Ye Would Hear
Finding a Christmas song is not easy for me! I originally though of setting "Welcome Christmas" carol from "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas", and I might do so someday. That song still makes me believe in the good of all people just as it did when it first aired in 1966 and I was 8 years old. Remember how all the town held hands in a circle around the bare tree and sang their hearts out? I'm still waiting to...

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Jonassen's Activity System, Timothy Leary and Howard Rheingold
   Jonassen, D.H., Rohrer-Murphy, L (1999). Activity theory as a framework for     designing constructivist learning environments.  Educational Technology Research and Development,47,(pp. 61-79).   •  Timothy Leary's The interpersonal, interactive, interdimensional interface •  TED Talks presentation by Howard Rheingold "Way New Collaboration" Dr. Leary and Rheingold are examples of thinkers who can recognize paradigm change on a large scale while it is just beginning to occur. Such changes are invisible to most people, but highly profitable to those who listen. Both men were explorers of the mind...

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Christmas Music for Orlando Chorale!
Gregory Ruffer, the Director and Co-founder of the fine Orlando Chorale has asked that I submit a new Christmas work for this year's December 4th concert under the auspices of their Emerging Composer's Initiative program. Though I am further along in my career as a composer than the ideal candidate would be, I am grateful for his offer - and, especially a performance.  So, what to write? Not an easy choice. Christmas is a holiday season that connects us with so...

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Over the North Jetty a no go for Orlando Chorale
Gregory Ruffer, the Director and Co-founder of Orlando Chorale, took some time out of his crazy schedule (he's working on his Doctorate in NYC) to give me a call to discuss the a capella work "Over the North Jetty". After looking at the score and hearing the realization of the work, he decided not to publicly perform Over the North Jetty. Though he liked many aspects of this piece, he was not comfortable with asking his choir to perform the hand against...

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Happy Crazy again
Happy Crazy, for Bb Clarinet and Piano is being revised AGAIN - the third time! The first version was written for Keith Koons in 1999, who helped me with Earth Caoine back in 1995. The second version was written in 2005. Third time's a charm! I'll attempt to make the work more memorable by 'staying in one place' a little longer. I'll also thin out the piano part - too thick and difficult. When the revision is done, you'll see...

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"Joyful Play" is finished and will have its first reading June 13th
Joyful Play is the first movement of the On the Playground violin concerto for strings that played at Lincoln Center. I began the task of transcribing the work for piano in the spring of 2005. I quickly realized that the work could not be translated by a single pianist. I also realized that it would not get performed very often as a work for two pianos, so I set it for one piano, two players (referred to as 'piano and...

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March 14th Orlando Chorale concert
"Come Fly With Me"  Though a few months have passed, the March 14th Saturday evening concert by the Orlando Chorale hasn't left me. Gregory Ruffer again prepared a really enjoyable evening that really pushed the ensemble. Ten pieces were performed, all of them from modern times - and TWO of them were world premieres. Mr. Ruffer - may the universe shine upon you and make you happy! How many ensembles are willing to do two world premieres in a single...

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Recent work
The unearthing of Starboy continues with Starboy Meets the King. This work employed a processed Bill Bruford 11/8 loop with and upon which I built a frightening driving array of sounds, the most interesting 3 tracks of a woman's voice. The words of the woman are unintelligable, being reduced to short bursts of sound gated from the drums. I have also agreed to remix my brother Kevin's new recording "Water". What a joy it is to be working on music with...

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Electronic Music
Last month, my trusty Mac G5 computer was mortally wounded by a falling 7 lb. agate ball, quickly followed by Tannoy powered speaker. My son was not hurt (by the falling objects, or by me). VOT Engineering, owned by Brent Hughes, had just wired the room for surround, and I had just purchased a used Apogee Ensemble - all to get back into creating surround sound electronic music, too. Darn. After a couple of MacDoctor bills and numerous new drives over several...

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Orlando Philharmonic's "Lincoln's Year" concert 11/1/08
This is my first blog entry in my life.So, why not start with what's going on?Joy and I have just returned from a concert by the Orlando Philharmonic. Tomight's concert was titled "Lincoln's Year": Bacon: Ford's Theatre; A Few Glimpses of Easter week, 1865Beethoven:Symphony No. 5- intermission-Ungar: Ashokan Farewell Sung:Lincoln's BattleTapsGlass: CIVIL WarSCopland: Lincoln PortraitVery interesting programming by Maestro Christopher Wilkins to open a concert almost entirely filled with modern American composers with Ernst Bacon. "Ford's Theater" is a set...

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