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I was in Finland & Iceland for the last 2 months

Over the summer, I traveled to Finland with a couple of friends for the Savonlinna Opera Festival, which was incredible. For the Finns, music is as important as eating, drinking, and going to the sauna. Basically music is a BIG deal there. More operas are premiered in Finland than any other country in the world. House concerts were common and the musicians were the best I’ve heard.

The photo below was taken at the Gulf of Bothnia around 11pm. We were above the Arctic Circle so the sun set only for a few hours before rising again. It was like this my entire trip!

The second part of my trip was in Isafjordur, Iceland where I stayed for a composer residency where I worked on my opera. I got to spend all day at the piano at the music school. It was unbelievable how I could concentrate so deeply. There was no static like there is here in the USA (so many wifi signals destroying brain cells). In Iceland I had limited access to wifi and internet, which helped me be fully immersed in composing. There was also 23 hours of daylight. I found that I did not need much sleep. I would go to bed between 2am-4am and wake up feeling refreshed and ready to begin my day. I did this for several weeks and never felt burnt out. It was vacation. I felt I was able to access a deeper realm of consciousness there, that I have not been able to access in everyday life. It was definitely an experience I will never forget. So many beautiful memories and beautiful sightings were experienced. There is nothing else quite like Iceland.




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48-Hour Opera Theatre Festival

Well did not get too much sleep this past weekend because I was involved in the 48-Hour Opera Theatre Festival! We worked in collaboration with a team of six people and within 48 hours, conceived, composed, and performed an opera at the Custom Made Theatre in San Francisco.

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World Premiere of Symphony No. 1 by Awesome Orchestra

Awesome Orchestra performed Symphony No. 1 for two pianos and orchestra March 5, 2017 at the Berkeley Sports Basement. This piece originally began as a two piano piece that morphed into a symphony. I had been working on this piece for nearly eight months. The performance of It was one of the most exhilarating moments I’ve experienced thus far…

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Game Sound Con 2014

Whew !!! Me + Brett finished our Documentary ! It’s a Behind the Scenes Making of our Interactive Game we showed at Game Sound Con 2014. Our next stop is Game Developers Conference – GDC in San Francisco in March 2015 !

This documentary walks you through the process of an Interactive Game Brett + I created, which we showed off at Game Sound Con 2014. Brett designed the interactive audio game/engine. I composed all the music. Brandon Hanson did the metal guitars for the epic Battle Scene. The interactive game has a puzzle and an epic battle scene that uses an adaptive music engine that uses Wii hardware (4 Wiimotes + Balance Boards).

Click Here to watch our Documentary

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Rachmaninoff 2nd Piano Concerto (for 2 Pianos)

The other night my friend Naomi Stine and I performed the 2nd piano concerto at this gorgeous church near Twin Peaks in San Francisco. One of the reasons i decided to learn this concerto was because it spoke to the “Venusian” part of me so clearly.  For the past 8 years I had played the 3rd Concerto, which is the masculine, demanding, and most vigorous of Rachmaninoff’s 4 concerti.  The 2nd Concerto was more sensitive, feminine, and Venusian. There was a deep, lasting beauty to it that was elegantly sewn into the notes and motion…almost like the notes were water droplets forming waves…and the two piano parts would weave in and out…kind of like waves that push and pull on the beach.  There was such a fluidity and sacred dance between the two parts.  I will need to marinate in this piece for a while to really absorb all its nutrients on a deep soul level,

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An Evening of Lieder & Solo Piano

David and I were so excited to finally be performing our full-program of vocal/piano pieces to a full house at Salle Pianos. We had been rehearsing for four years on music by Bellini, Strauss, and Wolf. Our only setback was when David fractured his foot a week before our concert.  In the end, it all worked out beautifully and we shared the stage to an eager audience who held a sacred space for David and I to express the essence of the painful human experience. Our next project is to perform some pieces by W.A. Allaudin for a concert at Mills College sometime in the following year.

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Bohemian Elegance

Performed at Salle Pianos for their Christmas Concert.  I performed Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto with Dr. Kenn Gartner and Rachmaninoff’s 3rd Piano Concerto with Chad Thomas. It was a beautiful evening. Lots of people poured in from their holiday shopping to spend an evening with two of the most, in my opinion, feminine and masculine realms of Rachmaninoff.

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