Performance of “Schindler’s List” with OCS Pops!

I am so excited and honored to have been asked to perform the famous violin solo from “Schindler’s List” with the Orange County Symphonic Pops Ensemble on Sunday, July 26th!

It promises to be a fabulous event:

Reception starts on the Terrace at 5pm.
Gourmet culinary delights from Chef Rodolphe Mahe.
Silent Auction
Introductory talk at 6pm

FYI: The concert itself starts at 6:30pm, and tickets for the concert alone are $20.

Find more info at this Event’s Page. Hope to see you there!

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New EP, “SONATA MODERNA,” Now Available!

It’s officially available now! Go check out my new EP, “SONATA MODERNA“!

Album Notes
This EP features all new Classical music, as well as the return of a recent favorite, composed and performed by Sarah Wallin Huff. SONATA MODERNA is a sonic journey of movement — of nostalgia and anticipation.

The title track, “Sonata Moderna,” is based on an ancient piece from the 17th century (“Sonata sopra la Monica” by Biagio Marini). Featuring two violins and cello with rock rhythm and chords, the past is united with the present in this driving work. Featuring: Sarah Wallin Huff (violins), Anne Sherrill (cello), Paul Hoover (electric guitar), Emily Gibb (electric bass), and Dave Gruchacz (drum set).

“Sweet Camila” returns (re-recorded) from its debut in the soundtrack album, “Music for The Book of I.” Based on Camila, a feature character in Jorge Armenteros’ novel, “The Book of I,” this work for string quartet looks back at good times with nostalgia while encouraging our main character to move forward with hope. Featuring: Brett Bird and Lainey White (violins), Sarah Wallin Huff (viola), and Anne Sherrill (cello).

“Organic Circuitry” is a unique string quartet, pitting the acoustic violin and cello against electric 5- and 6- string violins with effects. It evokes a futuristic state of being, merging ancient instruments with new technology. Featuring: Sarah Wallin Huff (acoustic and electric violins) and Anne Sherrill (cello).

As a bonus, the newest composition from Wallin Huff, “Intrepid: A Fantasy for Oboe/English Horn Soloist and Chamber Ensemble,” has been included in this release. “Intrepid” is a dramatic expression of Life’s Journey, of migration and personal metamorphosis. Featuring: Allison McKay (solo Oboe/English Horn), Asuncion Ojeda and Tiffany Gibb (flutes/piccolo), Russell Vittrup (clarinet), Clayton Slusser (bassoon), Jeff Boultinghouse (horns), Daniel Chandler and Phil Alimoren (trombones), Lyle Michaud (piano), Sarah Wallin Huff (percussion), and the strings — Violins: Mel Bolosan, Josh LeMaster, Corinne Olsen, Abby Olson, Lainey White (concertmaster), Tim Yao; Viola: Sean Lyons; Cello: Emily Rader; Bass: John Hester. Conducted by Sarah Wallin Huff.

All tracks recorded, produced, and mastered by Tyler Bailey at The Master’s College, Santa Clarita (CA), except for “Sweet Camila,” which was recorded, produced, and mastered by Mauricio Gasca at Scott Frankfurt Studio, Los Angeles (CA).

And many thanks to those who graciously gave their amazing talents to make this happen: Tyler J Bailey​, Mauricio Gasca Music​, Scott Frankfurt Studio​, TMC Music​, Anne Tribble Sherrill​, Brett Bird​, Lainey Elizabeth White​, Emily Gibb​, Paul Hoover, Dave Gruchacz, Allison McKay​, Asuncion Ojeda​, Tiffany Gibb​, Russell Vittrup​, Clayton Slusser​, Jeff Boultinghouse, Daniel Chandler​, Philip Alimoren​, Lyle Michaud​, Mel Bolosan​, Joshua LeMaster​, Corinne Olsen​, Abby Olson​, Tim Yao​, Sean Lyons​, Emily Rader​, John Hester​.

Oh! And THANK YOU to José Marques​ for the way-excellent album artwork!

It’ll show up on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, etc.. in just a few more days…
Enjoy! ^_^

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Understanding 20th Century Music: Lecture Series

I’m SO thrilled to have been invited back at Hillcrest in La Verne to lecture about one of my most favorite periods of music — the 20th Century!

The first Friday (July 17th) will cover the music and compositional tendencies — including societal pressures and attitudes — from the very end of the 19th century and until 1945. This will, of course, include discussions of the impact that the two World Wars had on composition in Europe.

The second Friday (July 24th) will cover the musical tendencies, attitudes, etc., for all the music written post-1945, post-World War II.

This is a FREE series! You can find more info at this Event’s Page. Come join me! :)

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Follow Me on Apple Music Connect!

Hey, if you happen to be on Apple Music’s Connect, look me up and Follow Me! ^_^

I’ll be posting clips, videos, news, etc, to keep you informed of upcoming gigs, new works, recordings, and more. And, of course, sharing is caring… 😉

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Presenting… Novel Soundtrax!

After the joy of working on my Music Response soundtrack for Jorge Armenteros’ The Book of I, I figured, why not extend the offer of working on such projects with more authors and other creative-types? And so, Novel Soundtrax was born!

I would be delighted to create soundtracks for any other authors out there who’d like to have a custom track, EP, or album created especially to accompany their literary artwork – whether it be a novel, picture-book, collection of poems, graphic novel, audio book…or any other creative work, really… The sky’s the limit! :)

Let’s be creative together!

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Music TBT: “Gypsy Wanderer”

It’s time for my Music TBT, where I randomly choose a work from my repertoire and reminisce about its beginnings!

Today’s TBT Selection is…

Gypsy Wanderer

(Purchase the sheet music; Purchase the official recording)

An original Sonata for Violin and Piano. Completed in April of 2013, the originating sketches for this four-movement work existed as early as 2008, and were a part of Wallin Huff’s first graduate lessons in composition, while studying under Dr. Mark Carlson. “Gypsy Wanderer” is a unique addition to Wallin Huff’s repertoire in that it is an early exploration of patterns, color, and formula. The nature of the four movements can be described in affect as follows: I. dance-like and fluid; II. surreal and sublime; III. diligent and determined; IV. passionate yet controlled. The work is riveting and soulful in its earthy and irreverent, rhythmic and harmonic wanderings.

I originally began work on this piece during my first semester of graduate studies, under the instruction of Dr. Mark Carlson. He taught me so many valuable techniques to open up my creativity! So, by the end of 2006, I had movement 2 of this sonata completed and movement 3 almost finished. For movement 1, I had several of the phrases sketched out, and movement 4 had only rough ideas of incomplete motives scrawled out on a page.

It sat that way for years as I finished my degree under another teacher. It wasn’t until I began teaching at The Master’s College in 2012 that I finally began looking again at this unfinished sonata of mine. I told myself, I have to finish this! It would be a crime not to! The problem was, I had written so many diverse other works in the meantime, of differing influences and sounds. I didn’t want this sonata to feel as though it was written 6 years apart, as if it was two different pieces entirely. So I spent a lot of time trying to understand my old sketches from my earlier frame of mind. I was able to merge these with all the newfound knowledge I had gained in the past 6 years to create something really colorful and unique.

Finally, in 2013 this four movement sonata was born! It holds a special place in my heart. I’ve had the opportunity to perform this (in completion and in parts) twice now. It is such a kick to play! It really keeps me on my toes, and every time I attempt it, it gets better and better…

I hope you enjoy this trippy, irreverent, angular, and passionate work, “Gypsy Wanderer”! 😀

My New BAM Case

Flora has a happy new bed, as of today! I’m so excited and very, very pleased with my new BAM case! She’s as snug as a bug in a rug, and infinitely safer. :)

It’s the 5001SR model. I purchased it at a fabulous discount from one of my favorite online places to get strings and accessories, GoStrings.com. Tee hee, early Christmas present… ;-p

 

maxresdefaultI feel like Kaori Miyazono, with her stickered pink case, haha!

(And if you haven’t seen “Your Lie in April,” I HIGHLY recommend it! It’s a gorgeous look into the lives of several young Classical performers, what they go through and why… Just fantastic!)