How did two months pass by so quickly? Oh, right, I am in grad school now. I forgot how busy “school” makes a person. Highlights: working with Alma and Miki on the Ligeti horn trio, chilling (in the truest sense of the word) with Ingram Marshall, getting to know my new composer colleagues, 8:20 AM “Hearing” with Panetti (respeck, Joan), getting intimate with the gamba, Diya’s and my birthdays (celebrated in typically glamorous fashion by seeing LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire), the Free New Radiohead (on my birthday, no less), harvest at the Yale Organic Garden, learning the ins and outs of the Fred Plaut Recording Studio, taking Intro Typography (this blog is beginning to hurt my eyes), this sudden Fall weather.
And composing. My new piano piece for Richard Dyer, Sorbet, is compleat, as is Play it by Ear, the nonet for Hindemith Ensemble. Right now I’m working on a piece for Marie Dalby’s trio, Flying Forms (gamba, baroque violin, and harpsichord). It’s interesting trying to adapt my gestural language to unfamiliar instruments and a completely different style of playing. My goal is a synthesis of Baroque idioms and my own harmonic language, so that if you started listening at any random point, there’d be a few seconds of total confusion when you wonder what century you’re in.
Next up—a piece for the superb cellist Hannah Collins. Expect very few (if any) premières this Fall, and then a string of them in the Spring.