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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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Madera Wind Quintet Call for Scores

At the end of last year’s performance season, in May of 2011, the members of the Madera Wind Quintet began tossing around the idea of doing a call for scores.  We had just performed a new work commissioned by Sarah Summar and had such a great time doing it, and we had already performed much…

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A Creative Problem-Solving Approach to Instruction

I came across an article that got me thinking about my teaching philosophy – “The Educational Value of Creative Disobedience” by Andrea Kuszewski.  The article explores research and personal experience about the value of a creative, exploratory approach to learning as opposed to a linear, rote approach.  According to Kuszewski, studies have found that too…

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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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ClarinetFest 2011!

I’m excited to announce that my research presentation was chosen for the International Clarinet Association’s Research Competition, so I will be presenting this August at the 2011 ClarinetFest at California State University–Northridge!  The presentation is titled “Interactive Music for Clarinet and Computer: Performance Practice Problems and Solutions” and is based on my dissertation research on…

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L. Scott Price’s Crystalline Vapor

I’m excited to be performing L. Scott Price’s Crystalline Vapor for clarinet and computer for the second time, on Monday, February 21 as part of the “Centerpieces” concert series, hosted by the Center for Experimental Music and Intermedia (CEMI) at the University of North Texas.  Here is a recording of the premiere performance at the…

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Busy Fall!

First, here’s a photo from the Austin ClarinetFest.  This is me and composer Chapman Welch, after my performance of his piece Moiré.  I’ll be playing it again as part of a solo recital at the upcoming Dallas Festival of Modern Music on November 7, which will also include a new work for clarinet and computer…

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ClarinetFest 2010

I’m excited to announce that I will be performing at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest 2010 in Austin, Texas! I’ll be playing Chapman Welch’s Moiré for clarinet and computer, which you can hear on my Audio page.  The work was written for clarinet, computer, and optional ensemble, and incorporates extended techniques such as multiphonics, portamento,…

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