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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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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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The Problem with Premiere-Hunting

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the concept of “premieres,” and why they are often over-valued by performers and ensembles.  Sure, they sound fancy in an artist bio (e.g. “So-and-so has premiered works on eight continents…”), and they can contribute to the perceived legacy of a performer.  We must support the creation of new…

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How to Slap Tongue

Slap tonguing is an extended technique which achieves a percussive effect that can be used on its own or to start a sustained pitch. It is a neat sound, especially on the bass clarinet, but difficult to learn. Last week, I was thinking about how long it took me to finally learn how to slap…

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Chaz Underriner’s Mosaic

Just wanted to share a couple tracks I played on for composer/guitarist Chaz Underriner’s new jazz/spoken world album Mosaic. I contributed improvised clarinet and bass clarinet with electronic effects. khoda by Chaz Underriner smokers by Chaz Underriner Check out Chaz’s Bandcamp site to listen to the rest of the album!

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