So, May is shaping up to be a really exciting month of debuts and unique concerts! First up…
This is shaping up to be a really fun gig of Modern Music with a Twist! Lainey and I will be joined by four of our talented friends and guest musicians to play instrumental music that is a unique blend of folk, rock, and electronic — you won’t want to miss this!
The only way we’re guaranteed the chance to perform for you – both this show and future shows – is if we can show the venue and booking company that we have fans who are dedicated to showing up and enjoying our music. How does that happen? By purchasing your tickets for May 19 NOW!
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Come to Silverlake Lounge on May 19, 7pm and join Lainey White and myself for a set of all-original compositions and arrangements featuring acoustic fiddle and 6-string electric violin, with electronics, percussion, guitar and more!
With just 5 days left to take advantage of this discount, I am offering a special gift to all who pre-order tickets before the April 30 deadline — with every discounted ticket purchase, you can choose one album from my discography list for FREE!
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The word “Leviathan” comes from the Hebrew word meaning “one who twists and coils,” or “the winding one”. This musical work is a depiction of the ancient Dragon of the Sea mentioned in the Bible and other rabbinic texts. Taking its cue from the description of this awesome Creature of imagination, this concerto features the virtuosic properties of the six-string electric violin with its immense range, while the various and creative sounds available to the synthesizer and electric wind instrument (EWI) enhance the beauty of the acoustic orchestra. The percussion is meant to stand apart as an entity unto itself, to evoke an air of tribal antiquity with sounds reminiscent of Japanese taiko and Middle Eastern drumming practices.
The three movements of this concerto tell a story of warriors setting sail upon the seas to find this ancient creature, Leviathan, for themselves…
I. Seekers of the Legend: “There go the ships: [there] is that Leviathan, [whom] thou hast made to play therein.”
II. Sighting: “Canst thou draw out Leviathan with an hook?… None is so fierce that dare stir him up… Upon earth there is not his like, who is made without fear… He is a king over all the children of pride.”
III. The Hunt: “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish Leviathan…that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that [is] in the sea.”
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Hooray! I just finished writing my cadenza for Leviathan‘s 3rd movement! Funny story about that…
When I first wrote this work for my Master’s degree thesis back in 2008, I had been working so much on the first two movements that my deadline was getting down to the wire and I wasn’t sure if I’d even get to have a third movement at all. But I was determined, and in a fit of desperate inspiration I created movement three in only two weeks! I just love it! The convenient catch was, I wanted to have a cadenza in there, and that meant I could get away with not having to actually write 3 minutes of music, hee hee….! So, my poor concerto sat there for almost a decade without a cadenza…
Well, no longer! I will be releasing soon a special edition of the solo part with my suggested bowings, fingerings, and the new cadenza! Let it be known, however, that I still encourage soloists who are daring enough to tackle this work in the future to create their own cadenza! 🙂
At last! My 2008 concerto for 6-string electric violin, EWI, synth, and chamber orchestra will be debuted LIVE in concert, alongside Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, on Sunday April 10 @ 6pm in Anaheim!!
[UPDATE: We have a venue and ticket info!!! See the updated flyer below…]
Featuring myself on the solo electric violin part (with my beloved Aisling!) and David Rentz conducting. Also featuring Lyle Michaud on the synth, and Lori Huff and Cory Stockhoff on the EWIs. Spread the word and hope to see you there!
I know it’s last minute, but if you’re free tomorrow night – Thursday, Feb.11 @ 7:30pm – I hope you’ll come to see my students, as well as myself and colleague Dr. Ruta Bloomfield, perform for The Master’s College first ever Instrumental Chamber Groups concert!