7/16/10 NewsletterJuly 17, 2010 by: Simon
My crazy life has been a lot less frantic these last two weeks, but I’m still keeping busy. I’ve been doing lots of press releases, and an interview; look out for an article about me in the Southeast Examiner on July 30th! Also, I’ve posted my concert in August onto various online event calendars and in several papers. The new goal is this: if I can make this performance work (financially, that is), I’ll take it to Seattle and Eugene, then re-evaluate and branch out from there. That’s my current plan, but I’m always brainstorming… If you have any useful ideas for getting this crazy music career off the ground, toss me an email!
Some site updates: Articles on the front page are now shown in full, no longer in short summaries. That should be more convenient! Also, if you visit the homepage, you’ll notice a neat events calendar on the left side of the page. Every public event will be there, including the two new ones listed in the article below.
Music & Coffee: If you’re in the Southeast Portland area and love coffee and music, stop by Oblique Coffee Roasters on July 30th or Rimsky-Korsakoffee’s on July 26th to hear me playing some solo piano.
From the Composer:
Elegy for Brass Quintet, Op. 6: This sombre piece was written for a brass quintet (two trumpets, trombone, french horn, and tuba), but I liked it so much I also made an arrangement for solo piano. (Audio samples available!)
24 Sketches, Op. 12: These short pieces are what you get when you set an egg timer for 30 minutes and start writing. Originally started as an exercise, this collection of sketches in every key goes to some interesting musical places. (Audio samples available!)
Elitism and Classical Music: I’m fighting an uphill battle to “unbrand” myself from the image of the distant concert pianist. How can I play and write the music I’m passionate about without appearing pretentious and snooty? Read this article and please voice your own opinion!