ClarinetFest2016 performance

ClarinetFest 2016 in Lawrence, Kansas

At ClarinetFest last week, I had a great time performing, serving the ICA, meeting new people and enjoying time with old friends. I performed William O. Smith’s Solo for Clarinet with Delay System on a program called “Sonic Kaleidoscope” (review here).    

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Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint

Last week I had the opportunity to perform Steve Reich’s New York Counterpoint on an all-Reich program at On the Boards in Seattle, WA. The Reich has been a pet piece of mine for a while, having recorded all the backing tracks in 2007 and performed it at a variety of venues since – doctoral recital,…

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Video from 8/8/15 Odd Partials Performance

Here are some video cuts from the August 8 Odd Partials performance at the Good Shepherd Center in Seattle, WA, as part of the Wayward Music Series. Greg Dixon’s Fractures for clarinet and computer This work features the composer, Greg Dixon, performing on the laptop along with me on the clarinet. See Greg’s dissertation for…

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William O. Smith’s Solo for Clarinet and Delay System

William O. Smith’s Solo for Clarinet and Delay System

(Note: I originally wrote this post at Signals for Images, the contemporary music blog to which I contribute.) Last weekend, my clarinet/electronics duo Odd Partials (with Greg Dixon) put on a concert together with Seattle-based composer Marcin Pączkowski as part of the Wayward Music Series. This experimental series is run by new music organization Nonsequitur, and presents…

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The Learning Scale

As a contemporary music specialist, I am no stranger to parts like this:   This kind of part — with multiple layers of extended techniques, unique notation to decode, rarely encountered fingerings, and rhythmic complexities — can be quite overwhelming. It’s not sight-readable, even at a slow tempo. There’s often no recording available. Questions for the composer arise. Fingering charts need to…

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Texas Tour

Madera Wind Quintet Texas Tour

I’m excited to return to Texas in February for a tour with the Madera Wind Quintet.  We’ll be playing in North, East and South Texas, with a varied program of quintet standards by Danzi and Ligeti, original arrangements of music by Copland and Beck, and music from our last album Five at Play as well as…

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Hello Seattle!

I’m excited to announce that I’ve relocated from Texas to the Seattle area! My husband Greg Dixon has begun a music faculty position at the Digipen Institute of Technology, and I will be freelancing and teaching. I’m looking forward to joining the musical community in Seattle and having more time to devote to planning performances,…

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5 Facts about Facebook’s News Feed Problem

Have you noticed that lately you post something really funny/interesting/important on your personal Facebook page and no one seems to notice?  And in your feed, sometimes you miss posts from your best friends, but see the same posts you don’t care about over and over? Or maybe you set up a Facebook Page for your…

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Paul Thomas – Bruegel Sketches

Last week I had the opportunity to premiere Bruegel Sketches for bass clarinet and accordion by Paul David Thomas, professor of music at Dallas Baptist University, with the composer himself on accordion: It’s a great set of miniatures evocative of the paintings. And the score is a lesson in how to use notation as a…

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