This week had been more productive than it felt. Last weekend, we recorded the divine Jess Lennick singing the songs for solo voice and looper I wrote over the summer, June, with text by Lauren Rile Smith.
Mid-week, I got around to cleaning up the mix on a recording of Captain Samuels Speaks to the Sea!, also written and premiered in the last couple of months. (Commissioned by the Newburyport Chamber Music Festival and Two Rivers Festival (England) for Ensemble Epomeo.)
This weekend is a fun one; tonight Up Your Cherry is once again performing as the house band for Puppet Manualfesto at Walking Fish Theater, but if you happen to be unable to attend because you're on the other side of the country, you could head to Walla Walla, Washington, for the premiere of the third piece I composed this summer, Together, for a cappella choir. This was a commission from the Whitman College Chamber Singers, which also performed Omaha Beach a short while ago. Together sets the words of Acts 2:44-46 (from the Douay-Rheims bible). You'll understand better why I chose to set a Bible text for the first time in my life when you read the text itself:
And all they that believed were together and had all things common. Their possessions and goods they sold and divided them to all, according as every one had need. And continuing daily with one accord in the temple and breaking bread from house to house, they took their meat with gladness and simplicity of heart.Super fun to write - one of those creations that just sort of tumble out - and I'm very excited to hear it tonight.
"Hear it?" you say, "tonight?" Why yes, now that we live in the future, I can hear it - and watch it too - thanks to the magical power of the internet and the miracle of live streaming. Check it out, YOU can hear and watch it too, even if you are as averse to leaving your home as I am.
But really, if you are in the area, come out to the puppet show tonight. It's the annual fundraising special, which unlike NPR programs, is often even better than regular slams.
Oh yes, and "Ayn." I've written some. But you can't see it. Yet.