2017 is in the books.
I wrote my first blog post on this website exactly one year ago, and the word for the year was BALANCE. You can read it below, but I think that all things considered, I did manage this year to find some equilibrium. Not exactly as I had mapped out, but then the best laid plans...
It has been a year of performing, composing, teaching, traveling, being, and coping. And even given the current state of affairs in politics and the world, I find myself hopeful in the dawn of this new year. I am hopeful for myself, my wonderful partner Alissa, my friends and family, my colleagues and students, and for all of us. It might be a bit Quixotic, but I am hopeful, perhaps even optimistic, for the upcoming year. This is not a natural state for me to be in, but I am going to embrace it!
I have made some updates to the website, the calendar is set (and full) for the winter and spring, and I am excited about some cool opportunities I have been afforded this year. I have great musicians to play with, great colleagues to work with and great students to teach this year, and I am hoping that much music will be made.
I guess for a theme, if there is to be such a thing for this year, it will be GRATITUDE. I am very lucky. Luckier than I probably deserve to be. So I will make a special effort this year to be grateful. And I wish for all of you luck and positivity for the year ahead.
I will be back on the blog with updates and invitations to shows, new uploaded music, videos, and much more. One of the projects I am starting is a new piece for harp and electronics, which I am writing for a former student. I am having a very good time working on this piece, and I will try and blog a bit more regularly to keep a kind of diary of progress on this project. So if you are into that kind of thing, stay tuned.
In the meantime, happy new year! I am grateful for your taking the time to read, and grateful for your support for my work, and for the work of other artists and composers. I hope to see you soon at a new-music show. Bring a friend!