Very happy to share the end result of many months of hard work in post-production — the final recording from the world premiere of Dave Maric’s SPIEL, a new concerto for solo percussion, electronics, and wind ensemble.
After a (somewhat) relaxing summer, I’m back at it for the 2019-2020 season. This past week, I opened my season at the 2019 Rochester Fringe Festival at the Eastman School of Music, and then traveled to Ohio University as a featured artist on the CLICK Series for electroacoustic music.
Well, it finally happened: the dreaded quarter-life crisis! So naturally, I started a podcast. All jokes aside, I’ve been thinking about starting a podcast for quite awhile, and today is the day that it finally becomes a reality. The goal of the podcast is to talk to both musicians and non-musicians, and to be as candid as possible when it comes to topics that may be hard to discuss.
I’ve just wrapped up a wonderful week at the Space City New Music Festival, full of great times, great (and challenging!) music, and wonderful Houstonian food. I was able to sit down with Sarek Gutierrez for an audio-only interview towards the end of the week, and would like to share with you all the Soundcloud link for that interview. We discuss some of my thoughts on being a soloist, life on the road, collaborations, entrepreneurship, and more.
Here is a preview for the 2019 Space City New Music Festival, which will feature myself and HUB New Music (an incredible Boston-based mixed quartet) as guest artists. We will premiere loads of new works by festival composers, as well as a multimedia chamber opera by guest composer Shih-Hui Chen. I’m looking forward to experiencing Houston for the first time, and meeting some wonderful new collaborators.
I’m happy to announce next season’s concerto debut with the Longmont Symphony Orchestra (CO) with Maestro Elliot Moore, with a performance of Jennifer Higdon’s Percussion Concerto (one of my absolute favorites) to close out the LSO’s season. The concert will take place on April 4, 2020, and Jennifer’s work will be sharing the bill with Copland’s Symphony No. 3 and Gwyneth Walker’s Open the Door.
Just in a nick of time, a preview article for tonight’s world premiere of Spiel, Dave Maric’s brand new concerto for wind ensemble + electronics. Many thanks to Jennifer Hambrick for doing the write-up, especially on such short notice.
Thanks to Renée-Paule Gautier for having me on her podcast to discuss some practice challenges facing percussionists, as well as some unexpected discussions regarding on topics I’ve recently been wrestling with—namely, intentional and empathetic performance. This is something I hope to flesh out a bit more, and write on later. Give it a listen at one of the links below (57 min runtime), and enjoy!
Happy and honored to be featured here in a spotlight article from the Eastman School of Music’s Institute for Music Leadership. Both the school and this department gave me so many wonderful opportunities, and I’m very grateful to have had the chance to share my thoughts here on my career, the development of ELISION, personal branding, the crossover skills between solo and chamber performances, and my experience with Eastman’s Arts Leadership Program.
I’m very excited to be touring Florida for the next two weeks, hitting some wonderful universities, high school programs, and more. Here’s a full listing of where I’ll be, and what I’ll be doing:
Still reeling from last month’s performance at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing! It was a blast to share the stage with former Eastman classmates, and our inimitable professor Michael Burritt. Also, very cool to be on the same festival as the Colin Currie Quartet! Thanks to Jessica Kaufman for the wrap-up article.
Thanks to Chris Nadeau and Caleb Pickering for having me on the second episode of their Tacet Thoughts Podcast, where we were able to talk very openly and honestly about things such as endorsement deals, competitions, touring, bookings, festivals, insecurities, and challenges facing potential soloists.
I am delighted to debut my newest project, the Leach | Peters Duo, with percussionist and close friend Kyle Peters on the Eastman Summer Concert Series. A big “thank you” to Nicole Peter from the Eastman School of Music for the interview and write-up.
Honored to be selected as one of the winners of the most recent edition of Yamaha’s Young Performing Artists Competition. Excited to spend some time with the Yamaha team this summer, and to perform for several thousand students at the Music for All Summer Symposium at Ball State University!