Thursday, March 29, 2007

Stack the Dectet

Hello all,

Just wanted to make another alert for the "Stack the Dectet" concert on Sunday evening (April 1st) at 7:30 in the Kopleff Recital Hall at GSU.

This concert was conceived by Daniel Swilley, who invited myself and Kansas composer Brian Bondari to compose pieces for the same instrumentation: flute, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, horn, trombone, percussion, violin, viola, contrabass.

The pieces are:
Feridoun by Brian Bondari, based on Persian legends.
Gallery by Adam Scott Neal, inspired by Abstract Expressionist paintings.
Pantheod by Daniel Swilley, inspired by John Keats's poem "Song of Four Fairies."

For more information, please visit:

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

John Adams

Having the opportunity to hear John Adams speak at GSU on Friday was absolutely awesome. Seeing him conduct his Violin Concerto and On the Transmigration of Souls the next day with the ASO made the experience sublime.

In his lecture (more like an informal talk) I was especially impacted by John's comments about composers needing to stick together and support each other (hey, that's why I started this blog!) Also interesting, among other things, were his comments on minimalism (he's not afraid of the "M" word) and his thoughts on what makes each composer immediately identifiable (their harmonic language.)

For those at the lecture, thanks for your participation and great questions. It was an incredible learning experience. Very special thanks to John Adams for coming to GSU. Special thanks to Nickitas Demos for bringing John here so that we could meet and talk with him. It's an experience I'm grateful for and will remember forever.

For those who weren't at the lecture... Why?! We missed you. I was a bit disappointed that more people didn't show up, especially faces from ASSG and elsewhere. This was big. Modern contemporary composers don't come much bigger than John Adams. Just being in the same room with someone at his level is inspiring. Not to mention that Midori was there as well! To be in the presence of such masters... wow! Hopefully next time, we'll see more familiar faces from the local community in attendance. It's an experience worth being there for.

In any case, please post your comments, especially those who want to elaborate on Adams' talk. Thanks!

Saturday, March 24, 2007

New Domain Name -

I've registered a new domain name for the blog. Instead of telling your friends to visit (admittedly clumsy), you can now say "Go to!" (case doesn't matter., it's all the same.)

Spread the word!

Friday, March 23, 2007

New 'Support A Composer' Section - Revenue Opportunity!

In the hope and spirit of providing more financial compensation to each of us for our art, I've added a section to the blog called Support A Composer. The section contains direct links to donation and ecommerce pages of local composers.

If you have an online store or donation page, please send me the link and I'll add it to the section. Note, this should only be an ecommerce type link. (If you just want your website listed (say your homepage), that should go in the Atlanta Composers section.)

The Support A Composers section is currently on the bottom of each page of the blog. You can see my example there. I link to my Support page, where people can make a PayPal donation or go to my Amie Street store.

If you don't have an ecommerce page, you can set up a PayPal donation store here or an Amie Street store here. (These are just two vendors I know of. If you like others, please feel free to discuss them in the Comments of this post.)

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

AMC Workshop Update

The American Music Center workshops this weekend (3/24 and 3/25) will be held in room 430 of the Aderhold Learning Center on the Georgia State Campus.


Further info

Thursday, March 15, 2007

John Adams to speak at GSU

Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Adams will be speaking to GSU students and other guests on Friday, March 23rd, from 11:30am-1:00pm on the GSU campus. This will take place in room 405 of the Aderhold Learning Center on the GSU campus. All are welcome!

Directions to ALC (corner of Luckie and Forsyth, downtown)
John Adams site

Monday, March 12, 2007

Your Millions of Listeners

Do you want a million people (or more) to hear your music? Check it out...

It would be cool to have an Atlanta composer involved in this project and selected for distribution.

Also, check out Creative Commons for info on how to license your music for the project.

Monday, March 05, 2007

duoATL at Emory University's Schwartz Center

This Tuesday (March 6) at 8pm duoATL will perform at Emerson Hall in the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts at Emory University here in Atlanta, GA. duoATL will be performing a work by the group's guitarist and composer Dr. Brian Luckett called "West End Funk".

Admission is free.

Directions are here: