In July 2014, I attended the Atlantic Music Festival in the beautiful state of Maine, USA. I was a participant in the composition program, working with chamber ensembles, the AMF orchestra, and the electroacoustic music faculty. The range of musical styles, opinions and ideas was incredibly broad, with a rotating composition faculty of some of America’s leading composers. These included:
- Rob Patterson
- Ken Ueno
- David Ludwig
- Michael Harrison
- George Tsontakis
- Nils Vigeland
- Eric Ewazen
- Sheridan Seyfried
- Stephen Cabell
Some highlights included electroacoustic music sessions with Mari Kimura (Juilliard School), Jean-Baptistse Barriere (IRCAM), and Tom Zicarelli (Berklee/Cycling 74); mostly about interactive electronics and how best to incorporate them into performance without hindering the musicians ability to concentrate on the music itself.
I was also very fortunate to meet and work with many great young musicians, including premiering and recording a new work entitled “Dust and a Strong Economy”. The orchestra read through and workshopped “After Ivy”, and I began work on a solo cello piece. A very productive, very rewarding, very thought-provoking month!
This project was supported by an Australia Council for the Arts development grant, something I am very grateful for!
Here is the recording from the festival, recorded my Vicente Alexim (clarinets) and Andy Miller (percussion).