Sunday, August 28, 2016

A Thing A Week - 34 - Waiting for Solo Piano

Hey Everybody,

I've decided I want to release an album of solo piano pieces sometime this fall/winter. I figure the best way to get this thing composed is to just start making a ton of solo piano music and then when I start to see an overall vibe and feel  forming I can pick from the best and make a compilation. I'll probably go back through the year and start revamping and polishing some of my improvisations as well.

Here's a little ditty for Week 34, Waiting.

Thanks for listening,


Sunday, August 21, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 33 - Calming Water

Can you believe that there are only 19 weeks left in 2016!?

But for now summer is still in full swing. I got to spend some time outside this weekend. Nature always fuels my creative process. This week's thing, which happens to be an improvisation for solo piano, is also inspired by a painting by artist Alison Albrecht.

For Week 33, I present to you, Calming Water.

Until next week,


Sunday, August 14, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 32 - Weather Patterns

Hey, so I just finished up another huge work! Remember Weather Patterns for Trumpet and Piano?

I finished the final draft of the sheet music which looks great. The studio recording is completed and sounds great. Hat's off to trumpeter Kate DeVoe Schumann for her stellar performance.

Time to share it with you all :)

So this piece is my Opus 14. I know Opus is technically in regard to the order in which things are published and not the order they are composed, and I published A Guitar Quartet of Sorts last week which is my Opus 15, but Weather Patterns was created in full and premiered prior to the completion of A Guitar Quartet of Sorts, so, I'm gonna do it this way. Here it is, my Opus 14, Weather Patterns.

Same as last week, lots of goodies at THIS LINK including a virtual copy of the score, digital downloads, and sheet music for sale!

Thanks for all your support. We'll see you next week :)


Sunday, August 7, 2016

A Thing A Week - 2016 - Week 31 - A Guitar Quartet of Sorts

Hey Everybody!

I spent the week cleaning up the tracks for A Guitar Quartet of Sorts and doing a final master of the full set. Getting these ready for my grant proposal. I'm also planning to release these on Spotify and iTunes. So, here it is in all it's glory, my Opus 15, A Guitar Quartet of Sorts.

Also, I have lots of goodies at THIS LINK including a virtual copy of the score, digital downloads, sheet music for sale, and an archive of the videos.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next week,


Sunday, July 31, 2016

ATAW - 2016 - Week 30 - Piano Improv

I just spent the weekend with friends at a lakeside cabin in Wisconsin. It sure feels great to spend some time out in nature and swimming in a lake. Needless to say, there wasn't a ton of time to be working on new music. So, here is a little piano improv for this week's thing.

I really enjoy making these even though (and maybe because) they require such little commitment. It's such a good way to get a quick idea out of the ol' noggin without spending a ton of time expecting it to turn into a masterpiece. I think after this year is over I'll go back and revisit a lot of these piano improvisations and develop the ideas into longer pieces and arrange them for larger ensembles. If nothing else, maybe I'll just polish them a bit and publish an album of piano music. Good idea, yes/no?

Either way, hope you enjoyed it :)

See ya next week!


Sunday, July 24, 2016

ATAW - 2016 - Week 29 - Piano Improv

I'm so glad I recorded this random little piano improv right after posting last week's thing because I have had a crazy busy week. I've been working on a couple cover songs for future posts, cleaning up a bunch of scores and work samples for a grant application, and archiving some old client work because my Pro Tools sessions drive is nearly at capacity. Man alive!

Okay, I'm having a hard time even recalling what I was thinking about when I recorded this little piano improv. Listening back now it seems to go a lot of places. I think that tends to happen with slightly longer improv pieces. I did manage to squeak in a little compound ternary return to A right at the very end though. Not that I'm saying that is required to make something complete. It's just sometimes nice to play for 5+ minutes and have it loop back around in some way, shape, or form. And now my blog post is quickly becoming a random stream of consciousness just like the piece of music...somebody stop me.

Here goes:

As always, thanks for watching/listening.

See ya next week!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

ATAW - 2016 - Week 28 - Alison's Art

Hello again!

So here's the deal. I've decided/discovered that what I've said so far with A Guitar Quartet of Sorts is really all that I wanted to say with that ensemble for now. So, A Guitar Quartet of Sorts (No. 1) is officially completed. I really like where it starts, goes, and ends with the 3 movements, and when I inevitably write more music for that ensemble in the future (maybe still this year), I'm going to start fresh and call it A Guitar Quartet of Sorts No. 2. Sorry to anybody who was hoping to see/hear more of that right now, but I think it is the right decision for the art. Thank you for all your support getting me through that piece of music :)

On to this weeks thing! Week 28!!!

After last week's post, I got a great response from the artist/painter Alison Albrecht. She said that because of my A Thing a Week project she was also inspired to begin painting something every week as well. Her first painting is really amazing, so I decided to write some music in response to her post and inspired by her art.

I really enjoyed making this, and I'd love to being collaborating with others as well. Please let me know if you'd like to make something together with me in the future. Let's make it happen :)

See ya next week!