Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Successful Massachusetts Tour


We had a great time in Plymouth and Cambridge - two very different venues, audiences and experiences but both totally successful.

The highlight, really, were the GIANT dog and two cats that (surprise!) came with the Cambridge venue, Out of the Blue Gallery. They were totally into the music!

So nice to see old friends, relatives, new friends, musicians and enthusiasts make it out for our shows. Thanks to all.

Check out photos from Cambridge, courtesy of fellow musician Kateri Chambers. Can YOU spot composer George Lam's head??

Our tour continues next week with New York on November 29th and New Haven on November 30th. We hope to see you there.

Elisabeth & Zach

Monday, November 19, 2012

Talk with Amy Beth Kirsten

Last Friday we met with Amy Beth Kirsten during her residency at Copland House!  After rehearsing her new piece "Fire Balloon" we sat down to talk about her music, background, and approach to composing.  Many thanks to New Music USA's MetLife Creative Connections program for partial funding.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

CD On Sale

Emerging Voices Project is headed on tour to Plymouth, Cambridge, NYC, New Haven, and beyond!  Can't make it to a show?  Well, we want to spread the love.  So for the next couple weeks, we are putting our CD on sale!  I'm taking $5 hard copies and $1 digital downloads.  Plus we've got limited edition behind-the-scenes DVDs of our Kickstarter project for $15.  Visit Zach's website to grab your copy.

There's no DRM and payments go right to us. Thanks for your support and enjoy the music!

Amy Beth Kirsten at Copland House

We went to Aaron Copland's house yesterday to work with Amy Beth Kirsten on her new piece Fire Balloon!  Amy is the current composer staying there (composers are offered multiweek residencies).  It's a wonderful home and the perfect space for working on music. All around the house are framed handwritten scores by Copland, photos, and posters from concerts.

Fire Balloon is the latest commissioned piece by my Emerging Voices Project.  It uses an original text by Amy Beth Kirsten about fire balloons (hot air balloons).  She grew up in an area with lots of hot air balloons and mimics the unique sound of the burners turning on and off.  We will be premiering the piece this weekend and taking it on tour with the other commissioned works from our 2011 CD.

We also spent some time interviewing Amy for my composer talks series.  We hope to get the video online within the week.  Many thanks to New Music USA's MetLife Creative Connections program for partial funding of our project.

And yes, the above photo is the Copland House's mailbox.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Performance at the NEW National Opera Center

SO excited to announce that we'll be performing at the BRAND NEW National Opera Center in New York City.

The details:

Thursday, November 29th at 7:30pm
National Opera Center - Recital Hall
330 7th Avenue
NY, NY 10001
Tickets $10 at the door

Here's what the NY Times has to say about the National Opera Center.

Hope to see you there!