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Retrofret


[caption id="attachment_1105" align="alignleft" width="158"] 1866 Torres[/caption] A couple of days ago, I had the chance to play a classical guitar made by the hella-master-builder Antonio de Torres courtesy of Retrofret in Brooklyn, NY. It's the first and only guitar I've ever played with a[...]
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The Rite of Spring


Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring turns one-hundred today. Without going too deep, I'll say that it's one of my favorite pieces of music of all time.* Apart from it being an utter and complete textural, rhythmic, and harmonic whirlwind, it, more than any other piece of music, clearly and conc[...]
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A Window


I don't offer this data with any judgements because I'm not even sure how to analyze it or what it means -- I just found it interesting in a spirit-of-thougtful-observation sort of way: I was riding a packed train (BU line) home last night* at, like, 11pm and found myself crammed in next to thre[...]
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Upcoming Performances

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1. Tomorrow, April 5th @ MIT's Kresge Auditorium, I'll be part of an ensemble of thirty-or-so musicians performing Terry Riley's In C. Apart from traditional, Western instruments, the piece will include Senegalese drummers, Balinese gongs, and some bizarro instruments built and performed by the MIT [...]
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What I Like to Tell Myself About the Relationship Between the Lyrical and Harmonic Content of the Song “Things We Said Today” by The Beatles


Listen to this: Here’s what I think about when I hear the above song, “Things We Said Today,” by The Beatles: The singer of this song is speaking directly to a specific person -- a woman with whom he is romantically involved. Taking that dialogue into account, I divide the song up in[...]
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The Sounds of American Doomsday Cults Vol. 14


You can also read this post on medium.com. So, a company called Faithways International released a record called The Sounds of American Doomsday Cults Vol. 14 in or around, I guess, 1984. Neither I nor anyone I have spoken to about it over the years (the Internet included) has ever encountere[...]
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Cadences Too Boring?


Murder, She Wrote: The most powerful Neapolitan chord available without a prescription. [...]
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New Pieces Debuting on the 18th

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Four Richard Brautigan Poems, a set of poems I arranged for flute, clarinet, and voice, will debut on January 18th as part of the Advent Library Concert Series. 8 - 10pm: The program, running from 8 - 10pm, is: Whisper Solos (2011): solo interpretations by Rebecca, Todd, and Matt Suite f[...]
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Death of a Mug

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Years ago, I was gifted a very special mug from my pal and at-the-time bandmate, David Altman. He knew that I had been looking for a very large mug (for reasons that are too boring to get into here) and informed me, via whatever 2004-ish chat-consolidation software I was using at the time, that he o[...]
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New Piece Debuting This Friday


This Friday, Duo Orfeo will be debuting a new piece of mine, Spectral Lines, at the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church. Also on the bill is music by Albéniz, Granados, Tárrega, Llobet, Frank Wallace, and Phillip de Fremery. Here's a blog post by the duo talking about the program. F[...]