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New Artwork: “Wabi Sabi”

I have recently been introduced to the Japanese art aesthetic, wabi sabi, and I’m in love with the idea!

Some thoughts on the idea include:

  • Celebrating imperfections as part of a beautiful universe that makes you, you
  • “If an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi.” (Andrew Juniper)
  • Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.” (Richard Powell)

In celebration of this ideal, I’ve created some new merch I hope you enjoy! One listing is created for customizable apparel, and the other for everything else. 🙂

One more thing to look forward to… I’ve decided to take this idea and shape my newest string quartet sketches around it. Look for a new string quartet work to be revealed soon!

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“I Spy a Foodie” Now Available for Viewing

I am thrilled to announce that the 2019 short film I had the pleasure of creating the music for is now up for viewing on YouTube!

The original soundtrack is also available for streaming everywhere on the album “Tonal Eclipse”.

The other Tequila Mockingbird Productions film I’ve gotten to work on, “Shady Oaks Takedown” (soundtrack available here), is also available for viewing, as well as all of the production company’s other films. Enjoy!

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One More Exclusive Track for You!

I’ve decided to add one more track to the Backstage Members exclusive downloads! Not only can Backstage Members get “Crystallization” now, but they will also get an advance recording of the driving chamber work, “Ayre of Grievances” (check out the video here)!

Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

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New Wintery Single

I’m so excited to have finished my latest lovely, little “winter passacaglia” for piano solo: “Crystallization”!

Dedicated to my dear friend, Michael Jung, who’s always willing to try anything I throw at him.

The recorded single is currently available to Bandcamp Backstage Members; I hope you’ll consider joining your support, if you haven’t already. In the meantime, you can listen to a minute-long segment of this new work here.

I do have plans, in fact, to orchestrate a full symphonic background to this work within the next months, turning it into a grand cinematic score… 🙂 I’ll let you know how that goes!

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Virtual Concert This Wednesday Night!

Please Join Us for The First of Its Kind!

CPP Virtual MUSIC Faculty Concert 

Music Faculty, Staff, and Guests Perform Original Compositions

OCTOBER 28, 2020 at 8:00pm PDT

Meeting ID: 898 9025 4279

ID: CPPMusic

Link: https://cpp.zoom.us/j/89890254279

Performing:

“Catching Up” by Wessel van Rensburg and Wouter Kellerman 

“Thursday, An Umbrella” by Philip Graulty 

“Gentle Rain” by Luiz Bonfa, lyrics by Matt Dubey, arranged by John Proulx 

“Ayre of Grievances” by Sarah Wallin-Huff 

“Stoop Sitting” by Peter Yates 

“II Movement” from Trio for Flute, Alto Sax, and Piano by Russell Peterson 

“During” from Waiting Music by Evan Ware 

“Listen To My Vision” by Janine Riviere 

“Etude in A-flat Major, Op. 25, No. 1” by Frédéric Chopin

Virtual Performance of “Ayre of Grievances”

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Sound-Deliverance.blog: “Tonal Eclipse” is here!

The latest album release, “Tonal Eclipse,” is now officially available on all your favorite platforms!

Included in this release are:

  • “Tonal Eclipse (Of the Heart)” is a groovy mashup of live samples taken from spontaneous recordings captured by Sarah while visiting family in Hawaii, as well as a rehash of the historic train sounds in Pierre Schaeffer’s seminal “Railway Etude” from 1948.
  • The full soundtrack from the dark-humor film short, “I Spy a Foodie” — written and directed by Thresa Richardson — is included in this release! * Nominated for the 2020 Roger Taylor Award for Short Film Score *
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Pre-Order for “Tonal Eclipse” Now Open!

Announcing the newest electronic/classical album — “Tonal Eclipse”! Pre-orders are currently available on Bandcamp and the official release on all platforms is scheduled for September 1!

Pre-Order for “Tonal Eclipse” Now Open!

Included in this release is the full, Roger Taylor Award Nominated soundtrack for the short film “I Spy a Foodie”! Click the link to get a taste of what’s to come…

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Rehearsal Footage from “(Per)spectives”

This past spring, the Cal Poly Pomona Music and Dance Departments were gearing up to perform modern music with dance in an exiting concert together. Unfortunately Covid-19 hit, and the concert, with everything else, was cancelled. We are hoping to one day revive this effort, though.

In the meantime, the Dance Department put together a wonderful archive of what we had accomplished before the shutdowns. Below, enjoy a rehearsal video from the session when pianist Mike Jung and I were able to join the dancers, playing the first movement of my work “Gypsy Wanderer” as they rehearsed!

A little more insight about this particular project…

Choreography – Kim Gadlin (faculty)
Music Composer and Performance by – Sarah Wallin Huff (faculty)
Music – Gypsy Wanderer: Irreverently
Performers – Francisca Chaparro, Alondra De Leon, Debbie Martin, Kara Rickman, Milan Robertson

The main theme of the dance was the feeling of being tied down, and eventually breaking free from shackles. There were ideas that the dancers were going to interact with the live musicians as they played on stage. I enjoyed how we all would learn phrases of movement and then decide amongst one another to decide who we thought performed it best or portrayed the vision precisely… All who were a part of the piece ensured an open and supportive space which allowed artistry and ideas to flow.

This piece illustrated strong performers attempting to release themselves from confinement. The choreographer had visions of the performers becoming entangled in ribbons trying to break free. The piece was packed with quick footwork and intricate floor work. The music was up-tempo, but lovely. It was very well done by a violinist and pianist; we even had the pleasure of meeting them and dancing to their piece live in the studio. I had high hopes for this piece and grew to love it. A big takeaway for me about this process was, there is beauty in the process of becoming.

Hearing this piece and being able to practice to it live was a whole new experience for all of us. Right away you could see a change in how we approached this dance and it felt amazing…The piece was so close to being finished…Hopefully we’ll be able to come back to the dance in the future since it held a strong presence.

Free-writes and reflections from (Per)spectives ensemble members