Difficult to express my gratitude to all of the participant artists of @evolutionquartetbanff who not only poured themselves into the music these past few weeks, but who dove deep to work on communication and generosity of spirit. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your joys and doubts with each other and with me--we are all stronger for it, and it was reflected in the explosive musical growth I witnessed over the course of the program. I return home with a renewed sense of artistic purpose, a set of deep questions to ponder, and an even deeper sense of hope and pride as I imagine all of you incredible musicians and composers dispersing from this place to share your voices and visions with the world. Such an honor to know you all! @kimiakoochakzadeh @yoavcho #amybrandon #njokongkie #christinavolpini #pallasloredo @hexum_quartet @echeaquartet @zeeheldenquartet @quartet121 @alaudaquartet @bergamotquartet @annajane417 @chloespre @mktviola @cellochocolate @eloise__hodges #rebeccaruthven #leahplave And of course, the faculty of dreams: @clairechaseflute @eyblerquartet @parker_quartet @jackquartet @bozziniquartet @fidigney @suzannefarrincomposer @natachadiels @cris_derksen #suzannahclark #sabrinaschroeder #zoshadicastri
A fantastic hike on our day off at #eqbanff was a great reminder that taking time to breathe and reflect simultaneously strengthens our work and increases our chance of seeing super cute animals.
In our community, we do not say 'I love you.' We offer small acts of kindness. . The incredible composers of the Evolution of the String Quartet (EQ) program at the @banffcentre provide us with astonishing moments of inspiration everyday. This moving performance was presented by Christina Volpini with the help of Kong Kie Njo and Pallas Loredo at our weekly throwdown (anything-goes open mic night). Can't watch this clip without tearing up ❤️ . Follow @evolutionquartetbanff for more magic 😍 #eqbanff #eq2019 #evolutionquartet
My beautiful office for the next 3 weeks! Tonight, however, my heart will be in @wigmore_hall--I can only imagine the spells @alexikenney will cast as he introduces my new solo violin suite to the world ❤️
You never know who's gonna show up-- A surprise honor to get to perform the Mendelssohn Octet for this incredible sweater and its owner, Thomas Leo, the great-great-great-grandson of Fanny Mendelssohn 🤯
Quick tenkara session between concerts at the @methow_valley_music_festival
Vox Petra for 2 violas and 2 cellos. An immense pleasure to present another piece of mine at my fave fest with badasses Ayane Kozasa, Matthew Lipman, and Kevin Krentz
Desperately trying to stay calm while sound checking God Music with @kronos_quartet. Like many of my colleagues, I heard Kronos's recording of Black Angels when I was in elementary school. It terrified me, destroyed my perception of musical limitations, and permanently changed my brain chemistry. To David, John, and Hank: thanks for the joyride ❤️
First of 2 shows in Mexico with the @kronos_quartet. Performing Crumb, Riley, and Glass with these extraordinary gentlemen is a dream I didn't know I was allowed to have ❤️ And how often does a composer get to play in the ensemble they are about to write a piece for?! #cheating #🤯
🌈 trout + crazy eye. Caught 10+ today with a tenkara rod wearing swim trunks and fave pink shirt from goodwill. Folks up and downstream in $1000s worth of gear and waders and camo giving me the sideeye and catching nada 😁 #gettingcocky #troutninja . Thank you to @yanyanbears for basically forcing me to take a couple days off for my bday to fish while she rehearses hard for the amazing @denverchambermusic festival 🥰
Impossible to fully express my gratitude to all of the amazing artists, staff, and audiences of @spoletofestivalusa for the immense love and support you showed for me and my music these last 10(!) performances. I'm humbled and honored to connect with you on so many levels. Giant love to #GeoffNuttall @stlawrencequartet @jaustinsmith @daniel___phillips @odalby @pelican_cello #LesleyRobertson #NinaLee #PedjaMuzijevic @joshuaromancello @dougballiett @tarahelenoconnor #StephenPrutsman @emilyannes926 and @connorlaneflutist 📷:@connorlaneflutist
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3rd work of 2019: an unceasing canonic tapestry for the ebulliently inspired gut-string masters of the @eyblerquartet, premiering in July at @banffcentre
@stlawrencequartet + @jaustinsmith = 🔥 Faults for oboe & string quartet premieres later today! Thank you to Geoff Nuttall and @spoletofestivalusa for adopting me into the fam as your official @bankofamerica Composer-in-Residence--I'm doing my best to process the insane honor of hearing 9 performances of my music in one week by such incredible artists!
2nd work of 2019: a quivering, quaking oboe quintet for heroes @stlawrencequartet and @jaustinsmith, premiering May 27 at @spoletofestivalusa
Before / during / after @ellenreidmusic's cathartic Ground to Steel Dust for cello & percussion with the amazing @rkarre at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Thanks to @bigearsfestival for blowing my mind over and over and to @iceensemble for letting me join in. I'll be back at Big Ears next year whether I'm a participating artist or not. There's a great fly fishing river nearby, too. Come with me!