There have been some big changes in my life in the last couple years, the biggest of which is that I have relocated (for the foreseeable future) to Southwest Florida. I have just started as an adjunct faculty member at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music and the Arts, and I also teach saxophone lessons privately and on faculty at the First Academy of Music in Bonita Springs. I am continuing to compose (of course) and to perform with my wife Abbey as part of the Allison Duo. I’m excited to be starting a new curatorial project as the artistic director of the nascent Century Ensemble, which focuses on engaging with audiences through performances of chamber music written since 1900 (website is on the way). The Century ensemble’s centerpiece for their inaugural season will be a 70th anniversary performance of Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time in January of 2016.
As for my upcoming composition projects, here they are, in no particular order:
—a wind ensemble piece, commissioned by a consortium of colleges and universities across the country, which I’m calling I Won’t Be Here Long (for more information, see “Current Projects”)
—a piece commissioned by the Cadillac Moon Ensemble satirizing Pierrot Lunaire(!), and inspired by the life and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, to be premiered in NYC in during the 2015-2016 season, entitled Moonstruck Cadillac
—a piano piece commissioned by pianist William McNally inspired by Charles Simic’s poem “Bestiary for the Fingers of My Right Hand” for a multi-city premiere (details forthcoming)