A little string quartet of mine - Pushpulling (2007) - features on a new release by Jasper String Quartet, entitled Unbound, in the wonderful company of pieces by terrific American composers such as Caroline Shaw, Missy Mazzoli, David Lang, Ted Hearne, Judd Greenstein and Annie Gosfield. The CD is released by Sono Luminus and New Amsterdam Records. Also, on April 1, the ferociously talented composer/pianist Timo Andres will premiere a piece that I wrote for Bob Hurwitz as part of a Nonesuch celebration in Bob's hono(u)r at BAM.
Upcoming concerts this month include the wonderful Doric String Quartet from London presenting the American premiere of the quartet that I wrote for them - The Weather of it - at Carnegie Hall on February 27. NMC Records in the UK will be releasing their performance at Wigmore Hall in an upcoming recording. The evening before, the fiery Fidelio Trio will perform Bulb at Spectrum NYC. Bulb was originally written for this trio, and they play it like the own it! The phenomenal Third Coast Percussion from Chicago are continuing to play Surface Tension all over the place, this month in Arizona and Missouri. And on February 17, the National Symphony Orchestra in Ireland will give a repeat performance of Crane, this time conducted by the Swedish conductor, Daniel Blendulf.
The Last Hotel, my opera with Enda Walsh (writer and director), will be presented at Les Theatres de la Ville in Luxembourg on 10 and 11 January. It involves the original cast (Claudia Boyle, Kate Manley, Robin Adams and Mikel Murfi) and ensemble (Crash Ensemble). This performance will be recorded for future release by Cantaloupe Records in New York.