Monday, May 10, 2010

“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God.

“Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”

-Martha Graham

Sunday, May 09, 2010

Last night was the premiere of my original composition "Ladies of Spain," performed by the musicians of the South Bay Brass. Performance went well, and I hope for a good recording to post. It was fun (and a bit surreal) to perform a piece I had written from scratch.

I have been asked to set it for concert band, so I will be working on that in the near future. If anyone is interested, the piece is written for brass sextet (2 trumpets, horn, trombone, euphonium and tuba) and is available in pdf form for $30. Just send me an email if interested.