This summer has brought with it some exciting developments for the upcoming year. First, in June I was informed that I have been granted a residency at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, for the fall of 2018. I will be spending the month of November in the snowy woods of Peterborough putting the final touches to Los Caprichos as well as hopefully picking up work on the opera, Che.
On July 12, the H2 Quartet gave the world premiere of A Play of Mirrors, my saxophone quartet, at the 17th World Saxophone Congress in Zagreb. A recording of that performance is coming soon.
In the last few weeks, word has come down that Montclair State University’s Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Thomas McCauley will be presenting Last Breaths at the 2019 College Band Directors National Association conference at Arizona State University. I’m very excited for this honor as it has been a dream of mine to have my music presented at CBDNA for years. Just in the past few days, I learned that, for the third time in my career I have been honored as a finalist for the Brandon Fradd Fellowship in Music Composition from the Cintas Foundation. As a child of Cuban immigrants, I could not be more thrilled for this honor!
As the summer turns to fall, you will be able to hear my music at the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, where Arcturus Theater Company and Great Noise Ensemble will workshop 15 of the 80 miniatures that comprise Goya’s Los Caprichos, the theatrical version of Los Caprichos conceived and written by Margeaux Martine. Later in September, I will appear on a panel at the very first New Music DC conference from the DC New Music Coalition. On September 22, my amplified violin piece, Tusch, will receive a performance as part of Stage Free’s second season of gala house concerts in DC. Finally, at the end of September, I will be conducting Great Noise Ensemble at the 2018 West Forks New Music Festival at Fairmont State University, where we will be presenting two programs of highly charged music, including four movements of The Books of Bokonon (don’t worry! The whole piece will have its DC premiere in October).
That’s it for now! Watch this space for news of more upcoming performances in the fall, winter and spring.