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.