Snippet from Swansongs
University of Oklahoma program – September 27, 2022
ATLAS award for new bassoon concerto
“Mara Gibson is a composer possessing inexhaustible imagination, sensitivity, and collaborative spirit. Her composition for us, The Clockmaker’s Doll, is an integral part of our touring theatrical recital Black Meridian; we simply cannot imagine that program without Mara’s emotionally powerful contribution. She is a generous asset and ally to any institution, partnership, commission, colleague, student, performer, friend, or organization associated with her.” -Megan Ihnen & Alan Theisen present…
Secret Sky takes 2nd, 3rd and 4th flight this fall!
Summer thanks Elisabeth Blair! You make the world a better place through your podcasts.
Check it out: Listening to Ladies, episode 26.
Spring break means lots of new projects for composer me! This week, I am thrilled to begin pieces for Megan Ihnen (to complete the song cycle with a setting Manual of Trains by Rebecca Morgan Frank), a bassoon concerto for my forever friend and colleague, Darrel Hale and possibly even some preliminary notes for Atlantic Brass Quintet.
In the meantime, check out Four Modes: impetUS premiered by Hamiruge, and led by another awesome colleague, Brett Dietz.
Musical March madness!
March 25, 7:30 PM, LSU Shaver Theater, Four modes: impetUS for Hamiruge
April 1, 7:30 PM, LSU School of Music, White Ash for Darrel Hale and Megan Ihnen
April 7, 3 PM, LSU School of Music, The Clockmaker’s Daughter for Megan Ihnen and Alan Theisen
Three Gibson premieres in three weeks!
Progress on upcoming projects:
- a new piece been brewing since summer for Hamiruge Percussion Ensemble with my colleague Brett Dietz (for wood, metal and drum set)
- a duo for mezzo and bassoon (an under utilized instrumentation) inspired by the poetry of Rebecca Morgan Frank for Darrel Hale and Megan Ihnen,
- and some mysterious explorations into black holes (more info about that coming soon).
- In the meantime, I will leave you with this wonderful recording of my first ever performance at a pirate bar this past June as a part of Charlotte New Music Festival featuring the fantastic Beo String Quartet.