No instrument groups have as much personality than do the woodwinds. Each member: flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons create sound by resonating the volume of air within them in a unique way. Woodwind Quintet 2 exploits these instruments’ brilliance and articulate versatility within a unique set of parameters for each of four movements. The first movement, “Nostalgia”, mutates harmony with alternate fingerings. “Alone”, stacks up 7th intervals to support the

can I evoke a specific feeling? Is one of the prime purposes of instrumental music to create emotions and feelings? I think so. This suite of “feelings” for ten strings was a self-challenge to see if I could invoke specific, nuanced feelings. I constructed a method by which the audience could tell me what they were feeling during the performance. Based on the data collected during the performance, the majority of my audience

The difference between emotions and feelings Emotions are physical. They emerge from our body at the brain-stem/ lizard brain/ ‘old’ brain level as a result of sensory input. Music delivers sound and, if the listeners allow it, stimulates the emotional center of our brain called the amygdala. “Feelings originate in the upper parts of the brain and are mental associations and reactions to those emotions. They are influenced by personal experience, beliefs and

From The Examiner Central Florida Composers Forum borrowed from   Those in Orlando’s niche market for local art music know it’s no secret that Timucua White House is the place to be. The Glazer family has celebrated music by opening their doors to the community for 15 years, and last night a very full house shared the experience of concert number 600. The occasion: Central Florida Composers Forum’s annual recital, presenting the

Composer Keith Lay debuts a new work for brass and mimes at Timucua this weekend Posted By Thaddeus McCollum on Fri, Sep 11, 2015 at 9:00 am   Keith Lay is proving to be our area’s most inventive composer. Last year, he put on one of the most interesting public pieces of symphonic art to hit Lake Eola Park with “Distance Music,” a suite that had the audience walk around


Feb 2015

Two Edged Sword

Two Edged Sword is a 6 minute 20 second single movement piece for Brass Quintet and Trap Set composed between July 31st and September 10th, 2014 for the Sovereign Brass ensemble. It was premiered on November 9th by the Sovereign Brass at the Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park Florida which was followed by three more performances: Florida State University in Tampa, FL (11/10), Full Sail University in Winter Park,

        ARTS & CULTURE Central Florida Composers Forum nurtures local talent Local composers work to showcase contemporary classical music By Esteban Meneses PUBLISHED: JULY 2, 2014 In addition to the flagship music organizations of Orlando – established groups like the Bach Festival Society and the Orlando Philharmonic – it’s worth noting a much smaller and more recent one that is shaping the city’s cultural scene from a unique

The Heisler / Yeh Duo is an award winning chamber ensemble devoted to the creation and promotion of contemporary for the saxophone and piano. Saxophonist Jeffrey Heisler and pianist I-Chen Yeh have performed throughout the world and have worked with notable composers such as Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Steven Stucky, David Gillingham, Marc Mellits, Andrea Reinkemeyer and Jeff Weston to create new repertoire for this ensemble. The duo was in town

How closely can a musician delay a copy of the same melody behind the original? A bright shadow is created, when it’s piano and alto sax. Notes from the Composer Bright Shadow for Alto Saxophone and Piano is a revision of previous work titled “Happy Crazy” that was originally scored for Keith Koons, clarinet, and piano in the late ’90s. This revision met the need for simplification and a more strongly distilled brew of

  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