Update on the website

Greetings! Because of the premier of my first Sonata for organ at the AGO Convention this coming summer, I have been working on a complete overhaul of the website.  I am hoping to get the new site live in a few weeks.  Thank you for your patience and I’ll be back soon!

Composition

Happy Easter and greetings from the other side of Holy Week!  It has been quite a month and a half since I last posted.  My work at the Monastery had me quite busy, though not un-enjoyably so.  Along with the usual amounts of work that Lent and Holy Week require, I was asked by my … More Composition

Improvisation

Happy New Year!  It has been an exciting time as things are gearing up for an exciting summer.  The Kansas City AGO 2018 Convention sent out a very kind promotion to a piece of mine that will be premiered, Sonata No. 1.  It has been a long time coming and it is very, very exciting. On … More Improvisation

Improvisation

This evening I recorded my fourth recording in the second Evening Improvisation series.  I have had a busy couple of weeks, so I have been planning this for some time.  One thing I can say, no improvisation is ever truly improvised, and in this case, I had a lot of planning time.  Perhaps, that is … More Improvisation

Improvisation

The 8′ Gedackt on the Choir is the chiffiest stop on the whole instrument, like so much of the Moller organ at the Monastery.  And when given an overripe banana, throw it in the freezer and make banana bread.  By that I mean, it is up to me to make it work.  This particularly stop … More Improvisation

Improvisation

Today’s improvisation continues my thoughts about exploring individual stops and the possibilities a single sound might contain.  Something I feel is not always taught well is how to register an instrument well.  That’s a broad statement for a different discussion, but something that needs close attention, especially in instruments of lesser quality like the one … More Improvisation

Improvisation

And I have begun another series of evening improvisations.  This series will focus on one particular idea: the timbre of an individual stop.  The original Evening Improvisations, a series of (hopefully) avant-garde experimentations on my part, was trying to explore instruments in interesting ways.  What it lacks, in my opinion, is a more precise and … More Improvisation

Improvisation

It’s been a little while since I have posted an improvisation and part of that is due to technical difficulties as well as the complications to my life and livelihood.  The largest change is in where and when I am playing at the Monastery.  Due to serious illness, my counterpart in the Retreat Center of … More Improvisation

Improvisation

This is the final improvisation for the “Evening Improvisation” series.  It is loud, a bit obnoxious, and was totally fun to play.  It has some elements similar to the earlier cluster-percussion improvisation, but from a different angle.  Specifically, there is a nearly continuous tremolo cluster in the pedals.  The feet are usually playing a chord … More Improvisation

Improvisation

Happy Thanksgiving!  Almost that is.  And if you’re in the US (hi Canadian and non-US friends!).  I have sat on a few improvisations that I was not too crazy about from a recording session at Duquesne’s Chapel with the new organ.  I decided this week that I would head back in and try again.  To … More Improvisation