String Quartet! Music is Wow.

amernetThis piece has been an incredible amount of work… my ‘Freedom Quartet’ for the Amernet Quartet… I’ve written through tons of material to get to that golden place… got feedback from one of my favorite ex-teachers in the midst of it… helped a lot!… Now it is getting to the completion of the first movement… the second is done… the rest is clear..!… On to the Anthem!… Wow… can’t wait for the performances…!

Artist Statements:

Artist Statements:mestud2

“The science is in! Humans perceive color… physiologically, emotionally, psychologically… therefore…  All music is tonal! It is merely a matter of the range of a composer’s palette, and the techniques which get you there…”

“Personally, I experience the term ‘atonal’ as something similar to an ethnic slur”… why would anyone accept a negative term as self definition..?.. it is born of a critics insult… and I would hope that one’s  definition of tonal was a bit larger than merely the diatonic variation… the classical originators thought of music in terms of tetrachords and different ones were called ‘shades’ and ‘echoes’… Classical music is about the relationship between architecture and powerful emotion… and in my concertmusic, like my new String Quartet which celebrates ‘Freedom’, I consider it a goal to create the most powerful musical impression I possibly can in order to cut through the ‘aural static’ which surrounds us on an every day basis…”


TEACHING!: Student Concerts in Three Weeks!

COMPOSING!: Fully immersed in writing String Quartet! For Amernet: to be premiered next season!  Jason Calloway will perform new solo cello music!

THE PHANTASTIC THEATER!:  This summer I will create a new multi platform work ‘Dancing Night Hawk!’ to be premiered October 29th at the Jalopy Theater! We will perform ‘The Musical Forest’ with the Southwest Minnesota Symphony November 21st and a new version of ‘The Phantastic Zoo’ December 10th!

See you in the Fall!

One of our Students Makes it Big!

Griffin Koelbel attends the New School!griff

We’re very excited for Griffin! Exalted member of Dr. Kaufman’s studio for many years! In the Fall he’ll be attending the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at the New School! The Jazz school is within the College of Performing Arts which includes drama and classical music. The New School also incorporates the Parsons School of Design and the Eugene Lang School of Liberal Arts. So there will be many great options for classes in liberal arts and design as well as music.


Good News from your friendly neighborhood composer!

Greetings Friends and Benefactors! Good News to relate!
The Amernet String Quartet amernethas engaged me to compose a new work for them for next season!… It will be titled ‘The Freedom Quartet”… and will celebrate all manner of freedoms… which I’ll explain further in the program notes… The ideas for this music were conceived during the election and this piece will end with an extremely fired up version of our National Anthem!  I am deeply into the process now… and am enjoying writing a chamber work sans all tech!… :)… The cellist Jason Calloway has also asked for two solo works… one will be a new version of my Environmental music… the other a solo work created from the thematic content of the Quartet… kind of like a free spinoff… He plays recitals all over the place so I look forward to many performances of this music next year and into the future.
Then it’s back to the daytime series!  I work on it now to ‘relax’ but ‘Dancing Night Hawk’ – a new book, audio album, show like The Musical Forest and The Phantastic Zoo – will be premiered October 29th at the Jalopy Theater in Brooklyn! In November Sofia and I will travel to Minnesota to premier the Live Orchestra Version of The Musical Forest and December tenth The Phantastic Zoo returns, this time at the Jalopy with new improvements and turns, especially opening up the role of the flutist Robert Dick… busy as I can be!

Sad News and Event Delayed!

Friends and Supporters of The Phantastic Theater and our work! We had announced that this Friday we were to travel to Minnesota and present the world premier of the New Full Orchestral version of THE MUSICAL FOREST… with my glorious friend Daniel Rieppel leading the Southwestern Minnesota Symphony… but alas… Dan’s dear wife has had a turn for the worse in her battle with cancer and Dan had to cancel all of his activities… So let’s all take a moment to cherish our friends!The show will go on!… The orchestra was kind enough to express their desire to have the concert in November… so we will let you know then of that news…

Experience my work The Phantastic Zoo! Tomorrow morning!

mestud2Tomorrow, Saturday morning March 4th at 11AM, I will present, with my talented daughter Sofia and dear friend the world renowned flutist Robert Dick, an extraordinary feast for the senses.  [The Brooklyn Fellowship 210 24th street,  (between 3rd and 4th aves)…

Under the umbrella of my series The Phantastic Theater – fine arts for the young of all ages, my work, The Phantastic Zoo, hits many levels simultaneously.  You will hear brilliant full classical symphonic music, see gorgeous colorful illustrative art and text flow by on screen (like a living book), dance and voice acting enhance the storytelling experience, as does the use of the large puppets I created.  You will hear fine actress Stephanie Erb read the part of The Mermaid.  The main attraction is, of course, Robert… who personifies the Wizard Zitthoona, The Dragon and the Living Tree at the end.  He willr4 perform on cflute, piccolo, alto and bass flutes and you will hear his sonorous acting voice throughout the show.  Theatrical presentation with lighting effects give a glamorous feel to what is… the presentation of serious art… art which appeals to people of all ages… and is a celebration of the Imagination.

Join us!  Tickets at door: $10 for adults, $9 for children, under three for free.posterflyer-3417