Alias Wins.. Again.

This group always makes me happy. Tuesday night was another 2-hour installment in Alias’s 2013–14 season, and these things never disappoint. The concert opened with a work unbeknownst to me, Twisted Dances by Piotr Szewczyk (that’s a lot of consonants), a four-movement play on traditional dances: Polka, Waltz, Jig, Tarantella. Each was treated in a […]

Mobius + Jason Treuting at Good Child Music // October 24

On Thursday, October 24, the good people of NYC will be treated to a double-billed release show at Good Child Studios. Mobius Percussion Quartet is releasing a DVD of their performance of Kate Neal’s What Hath II. The work, like much of her music, is inspired by her father, who was a Landing Signal Officer […]

ALIAS Chamber Ensemble plays really good music… really well.

I love that I moved back to Nashville–mostly because of music like this. Tuesday night was my first ALIAS Chamber Ensemble concert since moving back in August, and it was such a joyous, refreshing evening. The group has long been a favorite of mine, known for donating all of their ticket proceeds to local charities: […]

Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?

The way we talk about any subject is vital to its reception. Scientists these days are practicing their ‘bar pitch’: a 3-minute explanation (in layman’s terms) of their research topic. It’s tough for anyone (scientists, businessmen, or anyone highly specialized in their field) to adequately explain a dense topic in a short amount of time–especially […]

Chris Norton // Sept. 16

I love the feeling of walking into a concert hall and seeing a stage full of percussion gear. Almglocken, marimbas, glockenspiels, all manner of rattles, shakers, and–of course–a lion’s roar. Monday night’s faculty recital was in two distinct halves: the first being a solo marimba portion, the second a set with the Sympatico Percussion Quintet. […]