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“Lock & Key Vol II” Now Available!

Enjoy listening to this brand new compilation album of new chamber works, including my haunting tarot-quintet, “The Oracle“!

LOCK & KEY VOL II is the second presentation of five composers drawing from the well of inspiration – in highly heterogeneous ways and from a plethora of sources, yet all united by a common theme: the profound depths of the human experience. The pieces all revel exuberantly: in the natural beauty of Iceland, the nostalgia evoked by a distantly familiar melody, the random augury of a deck of tarot cards, late 19th Century anthems adapted for woodwind quintet, or the kinetic energy of musical gestures. Confidently asserting that all facets and walks of life can be a source of music if you listen closely enough, LOCK & KEY VOL II features brand-new chamber works by Sarah Wallin-Huff, Herbert Deutsch, Kenneth Kuhn, Carol Barnett, and Philippe Kocher.

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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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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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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
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Enjoy a Sneak Peek at a Couple of WIPs

I’ve made a couple of cool demo videos for you to take a peek at these two works I’ve got on the burner right now… 🙂

First, a look at “Ayre of Grievances” for flute, violin, and viola (a digital playback demo of just the opening section):

Second, here’s a short example of a cool sampling piece I’m putting together: “Tonal Eclipse”

Enjoy, and keep an eye out for the finished works soon!

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Upcoming Live Streamed Performance

This Friday, May 15, at 2pm I’ll be presenting a live-streamed, 30 minute concert of solo violin music (with assorted accompaniment technologies) for the residents at Hillcrest in La Verne CA.

It was fun getting the basement set up for the show!

If you’re interested in listening in to the show, contact either myself or Loida Arriaga at Hillcrest and we’ll get you all set up.