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Fall Update

Greetings from New York!

I’ve been pretty busy this semester, but I finally found a brief moment to post an update. First, I wanted to let you know about a couple of performances I have coming up. The first is on Sunday, December 2 at 2:00 at the Secret Theatre in Queens. A composition of mine was selected for an honorable mention in the MuSE Young Composers’ Competition. It will be performed by the MuSE String Quartet at the awards concert.

The second concert is on December 11 at 1:30 in the New School Jazz Performance Space. I will be performing with the Linear Composition Ensemble, directed by Jane Ira Bloom. This concert will feature original compositions by the members of the ensemble.

stranger music

Some of my more, um, interesting composing.

Other than these concerts, it’s been pretty busy. I’ve been studying with Marc Copland and Vijay Iyer this semester, and despite the extraordinarily crowded conditions at school, I’ve spent plenty of time practicing and writing music, some quite strange and some not so strange.

I am also an approved tutor in several subject areas, including sight-reading, ear training, and theory. There seems to be a particular need for sight-reading tutors.

I’ve also been out to see several shows, including Michael Formanek with Craig Taborn, Tim Berne and Gerald CleaverJason Moran and the Bandwagon; and Chris Lightcap‘s Bigmouth.

My apartment and I both survived Hurricane Sandy intact, but school was closed for a week after the hurricane.

I’ll be heading to Austria over the winter break, where I’ll be visiting family, enjoying the outdoors, and (hopefully) practicing and composing.


Paul Bley – Closer

This transcription is of Paul Bley‘s performance of Carla Bley‘s “Closer” from Open, to Love, which was released in 1972 on ECM. Due to the nature of his performance, the rhythmic notation is somewhat inexact and subjective, so listening to the recording is the best way to figure out the phrasing and timing of the whole thing. Paul Bley, piano.

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Geri Allen – Blues in Motian

This transcription is of Geri Allen‘s Solo on Charlie Haden’s “Blues in Motian” from Etudes, which was released under Paul Motian’s name on Soul Note in 1988. Geri Allen, piano; Charlie Haden, bass; Paul Motian, drums. AudioLead sheetTranscription.

Coming soon (as soon as I scan it): Paul Bley’s performance of “Closer” from Open, to Love.

Fall 2012


At the Acadia Cafe