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Do It Your F'n Self

...Because no one else will


*  SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15 2019 - FILM EXHIBITION
My first film exhibition will be on display for all of October at Damas Space in San Antonio. Here is a snap shot from the first shoot today.  It'll be experimental and you don't want to miss it!   
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* TUESDAY JUNE 18TH - THE MAKING OF...
It's short but I wanted to share a trailer I made for a mini-doc I'm stitching together from the process of diving head-first into composing, directing and producing my silent headphone opera, THE WAR BRIDE.  I hope you enjoy this sneak peak via the following trailer.  The full documentary should be ready in early 2020.  
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* TUESDAY MAY 28TH - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
And that's a wrap!  What an amazing month in Orlando for Fringe festival.  I worked with an amazing team that sang so well for 14 performances of our immersive "silent" headphone musical! 
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* FRIDAY MAY 24TH 2019 - HOUSTON VOYAGE
Thanks to Voyage Houston for the sweet interview.  I'm excited to announce a new concert in Houston that will be a follow up to my '6-Pianos in Surround Sound'...
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* MONDAY MAY 20TH - ORLANDO WEEKLY REVIEW
"Best of all, Felix’s goosebump-raising score offers an eerie idea of what it might sound like if the composers of Les Miz wrote a musical version of The Exorcist." You can still see the "silent" musical Wed-Sun this week at Fringe!

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* TUESDAY MAY 14TH - NO PROSCENIUM
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* SUNDAY MAY 5TH - PHOTO GALLERY FOR 6-PIANOS (HOUSTON)
6-Pianos in Surround Sound (Houston)
[click on piano for more photos]
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* WEDNESDAY MAY 1ST - GREAT DAY HOUSTON
So thankful that Great Day Houston had me on their show to talk about 6-Pianos in Surround Sound. Please come support and raise awareness by coming to our free event this Saturday May 4th at Sawyer Yards (1502 Sawyer St) at 7pm or by donating with this button.  All support goes towards the further restoration and delivery of the pianos. 

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*  WEDNESDAY MAY 1ST - DIY CLASSICAL MUSIC
This Saturday May 4th, 6-Pianos in Surround Sound is here at Sawyer Yards (1502 Sawyer St). 7PM.  It's free and open to the public and we'll have free wine, whiskey and beer.  Jesse Sendejas at the Houston Press interviewed me for this wonderful encapsulation of the heart and soul of the project.  Click on the photo for the entire story.

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* MARCH 13TH 2019 - TEXAS SKIES
Texas Skies is a composition written for 2 pianos and quadraphonic speaker set that I premiered in Denmark at SPOT Festival in May of 2018. The pianists featured are Tanja Zapolski and Rikke Sandberg as seen in this video. In order, the four movements are: West Texas, East Texas, The Panhandle, The Border. Texas Skies will be performed for the first time in Texas at Flight Gallery in San Antonio on Friday March 22nd!
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*  MONDAY MARCH 4TH - TAKE FL!GHT
What do you get when you have 2 pianos and 15 artists from various genres in the same room?  We'll find out Friday March 22nd at Flight Gallery in San Antonio!  More details coming soon...

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* JANUARY 27 2019 - THE WAR BRIDE RELEASE
I'm thrilled to announce the music and video release of my headphone opera, The War Bride. The 'live' opera is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, etc!  The video is a montage of the different movements and is on YouTube.  

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* JANUARY 12TH 2019 - KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD
My residency for composers was featured on KMFA.  Check it out!!!
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* DECEMBER 4TH 2018 - MOTION CAPTURE
This was a very exciting project I had to keep under the wraps but now that the live premiere is out of the way, I wanted to share the video for a music collaboration I did up in Austin with the Motion Capture and Dance departments up in Austin at UT. It was my first time collaborating with both Mocap and dance and I'm really excited about the outcome. Check the video when you get a chance. Props to Deepak Chetty for the amazing directing and Dorothy O'Shea Overbay on the choreography. 
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* NOVEMBER 19TH 2018 - HEADPHONE OPERA PHOTO GALLERY
Here is a photo gallery from the premiere of my interactive headphone opera, THE WAR BRIDE. Click on the photo to open the gallery. 
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* FRIDAY NOVEMBER 9TH - GREAT DAY SA
Bravo to soprano Elise Miller and tenor James Dykman for waking up early this morning to perform an excerpt from THE WAR BRIDE, to promote the premiere this Saturday at Luminaria Festival.  Click on the photo for the performance!  
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* WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7TH - TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO
AMAZING article from Texas Public Radio that perfectly encapsulates what I'm trying to accomplish not only with my headphone opera but in my music career as a whole.  Thanks to Nathan Cone for taking the time to interview me.  
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* SUNDAY OCTOBER 28TH - THE WAR BRIDE
I am thrilled the time has finally come to premiere my headphone opera titled, THE WAR BRIDE.  This is the story of my late grandmother, Jean Groundsell, who grew up as a poor teenage British girl living in Chichester when WWII broke out in England. Follow her brave journey as she boards the S.S. Saturnia and ventures to America in 1945. The concert is November 10th at Hemisfair Park during Luminaria Festival.  Two performances run at 7:30 and 8:30.  See map just below for exact location of THE WAR BRIDE in Hemisfair Park. 
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* WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24TH - MUSIC IN THE PARK
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* WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10TH - DENMARK & YACHTING & RENEGADE
OK, so I have to admit that I really dig that the Current called me a "Renegade" composer.  That just has a ring to it and I'd never give myself a nickname. I also really dig the way that the visual component for Yachting with the Kennedy's came out.  I mean those gold toilets look siiiick!  Here I am in Denmark hanging with such an amazing array of talented composers and feeling good about the immersive experience that came out of the performance last Saturday.  If you came, I hope you took something home with you.  And if you didn't...well...tough luck!  But you can read the Currents preview HERE.  And click on the photo below to see some of the action. After Denmark I have concerts coming up in Orlando and in San Antonio.  Here they are... (for addresses of performances go to my TOUR page

October 20: Immerse Festival in Orlando - new choral work titled Orlando Unite
October 27: Music in the Park in San Antonio - new works for percussion on bamboo, megaphone choir & 6 sided keboard
November 10: Luminaria Festival in San Antonio - Premiere of my Headphone Opera
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* THURSDAY JULY 12TH - OPERA ON A BUS ORLANDO
My first time in Orlando was quite the success.  I brought my Opera on a Bus to a new audience and it got raving reviews and a ton of coverage.  Click on the photo for the Orlando Sentinel review and click this link for a review by Telemundo.  
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* MAY 22ND - HEADPHONE OPERA coming this fall...
I woke up to friends' texts of this article that came out today in the San Antonio Express-News. Went and found a few physical copies to save for my mama.  You can read the online article HERE
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* MONDAY MAY 21ST - ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
I had 3 intimate concerts at SPOT Festival in Denmark and what a great surprise to have journalist, David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine fame, pop into one of them.  I ran into David later at the festival and we had some good conversation about music.  While I know, modern classical music is not David's preferred choice of music, it was nice to hear him compliment the piece so eloquently. What he shared I'll save as private....
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* APRIL 30TH 2018 - MUSIC FOR DOG TOYS
Here is an audience participation piece using dog toys, magazines, pens and voice. I did with From Those Who Follow the Echoes at San Antonio Museum of Art last month. 
My fave part is around the 1:40 where a combination of the dog toys and whistling created such a reverberous sound!
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* WEDNESDAY APRIL 18TH - ADAGIETTO (NEW SINGLE)
I released my first new recording since my symphony, Neon Heaven in 2016.  This is a new single called Adagietto.  It's sung in Italian by Candice Jackson.  Adagietto will eventually be for full symphony and choir for my 3rd symphony. I just need to find the money to record this new symphony but this give you an idea.  Here is the video shot at Cacophony Recorders in Austin, TX.  If you'd like to purchase the track it's on iTunes & for streaming on Spotify.  
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* WEDNESDAY APRIL 18TH - OPERA PREVIEW 
Edmond Ortiz interviewed me on a new work I'll be premiering at Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival in November thanks to the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. I'm just getting started in the writing & logistical processes. Should be a wild ride. 
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* MARCH 9TH 2018 - NEW WORK FOR DANCE, THEATRE & VOICE
*** UPDATE:  New Photo Gallery HERE
This Tuesday at the San Antonio Museum of Art, I'm premiering a new work for dance, theatre and voice. Move through space and time during a collaborative performance by local “street” choir, From Those Who Follow the Echoes, and San Antonio Dance Umbrella on Tuesday March 13th at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Original music and choreography will be performed in select museum spaces that tell a story of San Antonio’s future inspired by its 300-year history. Local actors, Brian Caron and Marcos Cervantes, will guide the narrative performance as an astronaut, philosopher and conquistador. 

From Those Who Follow the Echoes, re-imagine unique spaces for their performances by incorporating elements of movement, space and depth. For this performance at SAMA, musicians will be singing and moving in a coordinated manner, actors will serve as the backdrop to the music and dancer Fa Winsborough will improv in select areas. A two-part finale will begin as an audience participation piece that will lean on patrons to perform musical cues using dog toys, clicking pens and magazines while the choir harmonizes. The second part is an ode to the late Andy Kaufman, as everyone will be invited to SAMA’s courtyard for cookies while the actors perform their final lines.

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* MONDAY FEB 26TH 2018 - SXSW AND THEN SOME
Yep, it's that time of year again where everything seems to get jumbled together.  In the span 9 days I have quite a bit.  For starters, on March 4th at 3:30pm, I'm producing the 3rd edition of Indie Orchestra Night, where bands are backed up for a 100-piece choir & symphony.  It's the brainchild of myself and conductor, Brent Baldwin.  The event page is HERE

A music score I composed for the film, An Uncertain Future, screens at SXSW Film this year.  For showtimes, click on the logo below.  I also have a music performance for my piece, Ex-Nihilo, at the Austin Creative Alliance showcase on March 11th at 3pm.  THEN on the 13th at 7pm, I have a big concert at San Antonio Museum of Art for my mini-opera.  Hold your breath...
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* FRIDAY JANUARY 19TH 2018 - KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD
I will do a full blog post about the entire Keep Composers Weird residency when it's finished in a few days, but I wanted to just post this write up from the Daily Texan.  Click on the photo to read the full story.  
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*  JANUARY 11TH 2018 - MUR MUR MAIDS
HUGE week coming up for me.  I'm hosting my residency, Keep Composers Weird, in Austin TX in which 4 composers will be visiting and I'll be throwing a concert for them at the Blanton Museum of Art on Thursday January 18th as part of the Beat the Rush series.  Then on Saturday I have a concert with my choir, From Those Who Follow the Echoes, in San Antonio at the Mayor's Ball.  BUT here is a little video of our first conductor for FTWFTE, Luis Corpus, in slo-mo to an unreleased song titled, Mur Mur Maids. 
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* TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21ST - EX NIHILO
I once wrote a chance piece that required 35 music stands, dice, Christmas lights, duct tape and scissors. Sheet music was cut up, shuffled and taped. Lights directed the performers. The Blanton Museum of Art let me premiere it. Brent Baldwin conducted it.  Caleb B. Kuntz filmed it. Performed by Luis Corpus, Mark Ford, Wayne Myers, Scott Biggs, Aron Frank
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* MONDAY OCTOBER 29TH 2017 - MELBOURNE 6 PIANOS
What a whirlwind!  A day after my bus-opera I jumped on a plane to Australia, for two concerts for my 6-Piano Project.  I haven't seen an ounce of Melbourne because it's been so crazy with set up and rehearsals!  But alas, they are complete and they were wildly successful.  Time for a few days of relaxation.  Here are a few photos and a short video and then a few videos from the past for reference on the beginning of the 6-Piano Project that has now spanned 3 different countries and 4 different cities (Austin, Barcelona, San Antonio, Melbourne)...

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* MONDAY OCTOBER 23RD - OPERA ON A BUS REVIEW
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* TUESDAY OCTOBER 17TH - DIY COMPOSER PRESENTS OPERA ON A BUS
Thanks to James Courtney at the San Antonio Current for the write up today! Please take a gander if you have a few moments. It's been quite a process organizing it all and it wouldn't be possible with the dedication from all the singers and contributors in the choir this entire year.  Facebook event click HERE

SHOW DETAILS
◊ Saturday October 21st 2017 – San Antonio
When: Saturday 1 pm – 3pm
Where: To see the performance get on the 11A Culture VIA VIVA bus at McNay at 1pm or 2pm AND/OR at Bluestar also at 1pm or 2pm. Ride lasts 30 minutes.
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SUMMER 2014 (Blog Post 1)

* IN THE BEGINNING...
A teacher once told me that if you you are thinking something during class, chances are that many others are thinking the same thing. Well I can't really seem to find a composer that thinks the same way as I am thinking.

I read on every damn composer's site that they are an "award winning" composer and paint this picture of success. Then you listen to what they are doing and...

Well I've never won an award for anything besides a creative writing contest in high school that my journalism teacher entered me in, without telling me. I threw away the award..

And don't get me wrong, I've definitely experienced some amazing things in life because of music so it really paid off to learn a few instruments instruments! Although now people tell me that I have certain successes because of my personality? WTF! I guess I have my moments, because I certainly love people and I love listening to stories. I think I have my moments where I really connect with people because I'm also certain there is a list of people that would say my personality does not attract people but more-so turns them off.

Back to music...so eventually I learned that any ole' Joe can pick up a guitar. That's why I hated playing guitar once I was in college. I needed a new fix. I hit the road touring the U.S. with my brother and best friends in a tribute to the D.I.Y touring culture of the 80's. This was a blast and I highly recommend this to anyone coming out of college. Why get a job when you can travel, play music, get in trouble, have adventures, and see all the unique pockets our country has to offer. After 3 or so years o this I started growing and transitioning into a cinematic sound and outgrew our little punk band. I started a large orchestra based band and eventually started composing for film and now symphony orchestra. It took around 8 years to make that transition and even now I'm facing new challenges. The challenge of academia. Maybe I'm too amateur? But it's comparable to being in the twilight zone or in a bar of "independent" minded people all wearing the same black outfits. I mean, every composer I meet that has gone through the academic route in learning composition thinks, acts, and sounds the same. They have to know this right? I even hear the same with film composing in that the music or sounds composers use as they sound obviously sampled and will eventually sound dated.

Maybe everyone has it figured out but I don't. I'm still on the journey but maybe one day I can look back and truly answer that question. I hope with this blog that someone else out there can benefit from what I have to say. Although I'm not really sure what I have to say. But who cares. It's the wild wild west out there and the world keeps spinning. Someone else might have the deal or the money or the popularity but if you read between the lines I just described Milli Vanilli, Backstreet Boys, David Cassidy, etc! Make the music and do everything yourself...

I'll rant here and there to keep things spicy. I tend to stick my foot in mouth but sometimes I'll also try to be politically correct just in case I decide to run for president one day. Don't expect perfect punctuation but de expect a ton of run-ons! I'm about producing and less about waiting until something is perfect. That's why my family calls me the rabbit. Oh, and I meant what I said about loving stories! So if you actually scroll this far and want to tell me your story, please do! I would love to hear from you...
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