World Premiere: Salmo 150

Image via Wikipedia If you are in Hong Kong this weekend and if you are in the mood for choral music, please go to the concert of Hong Kong Young People’s Chorus! I’m honored that among many master pieces such as Durufl√©’s Requiem, my setting of Salmo 150 (Psalm 150 in Spanish) will be premiered. While the text is taken from the “Reina-Valera Antigua” translation from the 16th century, I draw much influence from the Spanish Renaissance masters as well. The result is a piece Continue reading →

Watch your language

Image via Wikipedia Do you have a favorite language to sing in, or compose for? I recently received a commission from a good friend to write a short sacred piece. Now that we have finally settled on Psalm 150–who doesn’t love the exciting praises with every instrument?–I set off right away to study the text in ye olde trusty King James Version. The more I read it though, the less I feel connected with it artistically. Here it is in KJV: 1Praise ye the LORD. Continue reading → Continue reading →

SCI Conference at K-State

I’m in Manhattan, Kansas this weekend attending Society of Composers Inc’s Region VI conference. I worked with three talented undergrad singers on “Sparrow” tonight, wish them the best tomorrow morning! Tonight’s concert featured Thelema Trio from Belgium. Interesting instrumentation: clarinet, saxophone and piano. And what virtuoso performance!