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Six Days, Six Rehearsals, Two Pieces (part 2)

That busy week of rehearsals I mentioned in my last post wasn’t just about Jubilant Red. It was also the week that all the elements in Book of Love came together for the first time: Kokoro Dance (which commissioned the

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Order Up!

Over the course of those April workshops, the different dances of Book of Love quickly took shape and character, and were further refined over the next few months through some public work-in-progress performances, some of which I was able to

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Who Are You Wearing?

Which really should be “whom” but does anyone on the Red Carpet say that? Another important collaborative element that had an influence on the music of Book of Love is the costumes. Kokoro has commissioned British artist Jonathan Baldock to

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Real Time Step Time

For me, a crucial part of the development process of Book of Love was the time spent in the dancers’ rehearsal studio, watching the choreography so that I could respond with musical ideas. As much as it was exhilarating, I

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Let’s Start At The Very Beginning

A very good place to start.¬†Or not. For me a new piece starts with a lot of thinking. Long before the first notes are written on the page, I’ve decided on the inspiration for the piece, the title, the general

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Or If It’s Not Terrifying, You’re Not Doing It Right. I’ve been a professional composer for 20 years now, and in that time I’ve written all kinds of music, for all kinds of ensembles, large and small. For most of

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