Since I’m done cramming my own art down people’s throats (at least for the next few weeks) I thought I’d use the opportunity to recommend some new work by two friends, both perfect for this prematurely crepuscular Sunday afternoon.
Jon Ehrenberg is a visual artist who I got to know recently. Though a painter by training, he’s made some lovely live-animated short films which are being shown for the next month or so at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery. You can see some excerpts from his work at his website, though I recommend going to see them in person because, full disclosure, I wrote new music for two of them: Seed and Moth. Oh well, so much for the break from self-promotion.
I wasn’t able to attend this year’s New Music New Haven orchestra concert (in fact, it’s the first one I’ve missed since my freshman year at Yale!) but I strongly suggest you take a listen to Adrian Knight’s lovely and expansive Comblé. It’s one of those generously-proportioned pieces that would definitely be too long if not for the fact that it’s incredibly detailed and well-balanced. It’s also just refreshing to hear a student orchestra work that’s not your standard 8‑minute crowd-pleaser.