Air Raid at the Firlefanz Gallery

Filed under: Shows and Performances
Posted by jesse on August 30, 2004 at 8:47 pm

I’ll be participating in an exhibition at the Firlefanz Gallery, in Albany, NY during the first 11 days of September. The show is called “Shock and Awe: Some American Art,” and is billed as “an invitational art exhibition reflecting on the 9/11 tragedy, the war in Iraq, the current political climate, etc.” My piece is Air Raid, a sound installation that premiered on April, 23 2003, at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

Air Raid superimposes sounds of the “shock and awe” bombing campaign of Baghdad and the air raid warnings in Kuwait City from March, 2003 upon the physical space of the gallery, making the experience of the threat of war and its aural experience palpable and immediate.

“Shock and Awe” at Firlefanz encompasses a performance series, and works by over 90 artists, all shown in a very small space. The show will culminate in a closing reception on September 11, from 5-9 PM.

Listen to Air Raid in the works section of this site. Check out the Firlefanz Gallery online and read more about “Shock and Awe.”

Starting Graduate School

Filed under: School
Posted by jesse on August 16, 2004 at 3:36 am

With the help of my family I moved into a great apartment in Troy, NY last Monday and I’m currently in the midst of grad school orientation. I’ve met a few of my new classmates already and people seem nice and interesting. My iEAR class, including me, is just six people. The other five are: Zulma Aguiar, Caterina De Re, Bettina Escauriza, Marshall Trammell, and Yael Kanarek.

Small Middletown Singing

Filed under: Sacred Harp and Shape Note Music
Posted by jesse on June 13, 2004 at 12:09 pm

I just got back from a shape note singing from the Sacred Harp in Middletown, CT. It was a small singing, and we ended up paring things down to three parts. It has me thinking about shape note singing as a dying tradition, wondering whether it is in fact dying, and whether I’ll see the tradition grow or shrink, and how it will change over my lifetime. I don’t know what I’d do without shape note music.

I’ve been thinking through plans for my new shape note music blog. A first step in creating this new site is to figure out how to configure WordPress. I’m going to start duplicating my blogger posts in that blog and figure out how to separately display posts from different categories. Should be neat.

Improving Site Accessibility

Filed under: Website
Posted by jesse on April 13, 2004 at 9:26 am

I’m making some minor changes to the programming of this site to improve its accessibility to users with voice-enabled browsers. These changes will make important information on the site, in particular, text contained in images, accessible to search engines, blind users, and others using browsers with verbal capabilities, such as the new Opera browser.

I’ve also just updated the design page [now included in the electronic artworks page] to link to some of my newest projects, such as the new site for Class Matters. [Design projects of mine are now featured on their own site:]

04/04/04 04:04:04

Filed under: Life
Posted by jesse on April 6, 2004 at 7:05 pm

I spent this past weekend in Middletown Connecticut visiting my friend, composer Anne Wellmer before she traveled back to Europe this week. Anne had been in America for about six weeks to visit friends and for a residency at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

While in Middletown, I was able to catch Tim Eastman’s senior thesis concert, as well as a show of Anne Wellmer’s music, held at the time noted in the title of this news post. Anne ran a Max/MSP patch processing the audio of four performers, Dan St. Clair, Charlie Wilmoth, Tim Eastman, and Aki Sasamoto. Both were great shows.

During the weekend, I also got to see my former advisor Ron Kuivila, who has an opening coming up on the 24th in New York, Micah Silver, Celeste Hutchins, and Anne Rhodes, along with the rest of the Wesleyan new music/ethno scene. I’ll be heading back to Wesleyan at the end of the month for a new music festival being held that weekend.

Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention

Filed under: Projects,Sacred Harp and Shape Note Music
Posted by jesse on March 14, 2004 at 10:12 pm

This Saturday and Sunday (while celebrating my 23rd birthday which occurred on Friday, I attended the Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Convention in Northampton. The WMSHC is one of the biggest and best conventions in the Northeast and this year’s convention was spectacular, with well over 300 singers in attendance and 128 leading about 200 songs.

Attending last year’s convention lead me to begin writing shape note music, and in the wake of this year’s convention, I’m hoping to finish work on my first set of compositions and begin arranging some performances. I’m now working on a couple of new pieces as well as porting all of my old compositions from Finale NotePad to Sibelius. As I make these changes, I will also update the shape note section of this site to include full-size scores as PDF and GIF files as well as MIDI files for each piece represented. I will also add a selection of new shape note pieces I composed since posting the current selection.

I’m planning on working with Pamela Slea and Laura Neuman to provide my shape note pieces with words, but I have plenty of pieces and I am eager to work with any interested writers. Please email me or fill out the form on the Contact page if you are interested.

More Good News

Filed under: Announcements
Posted by jesse on March 11, 2004 at 2:00 pm

I’m happy to report that two close friends of mine, who are also applying to masters programs in new music fields, have been accepted into their first choice programs. Anne Rhodes has been accepted with guaranteed funding for two years as a vocal performance student at Wesleyan. Dan St. Clair, a friend of mine from Wesleyan, and an advisee of Ron Kuivila has been accepted at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with the Sound Department’s only fellowship.

Congratulations to Dan and Anne.

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