Wednesday, August 7, 2013

New Project: Five Elements

For the past few months I have been working on a new orchestral piece, which will play as part of an art show at the Northern Nevada County Museum from August 13th through October 29th, 2013.

The title of the show is "The Elements." Each of five participants created five works, one inspired by Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Spirit.

I composed five movements for orchestra and choir. And the recording will be further augmented with sound effects, such as wind, waves, and birds.

This has been an enormous undertaking to compose, perform and deliver in just a couple of months. And though I performed the oboe parts and sang vocals, I am not alone in the performance of this. I had help from an amazing collection of talented musicians, to whom I am eternally grateful:

Jen Choi Fischer, violin
Catherine Grealish, soprano and alto vocals
David Mergen, cello and baritone vocals
Victoria Sabonjohn, English horn and soprano and alto vocals

I hope to do a YouTube video about this project soon, as there is a lot to talk about.  All this week, leading up to the Album release on iTunes on Monday, I am posting excerpts at my Soundcloud page, which is

The opening reception is the 23rd of August, and unfortunately I will be unable to attend, as we leave for vacation the following day. But I am looking forward to being there in spirit.