My recital's in two months - and I feel like things are on track. The first rehearsal with the full orchestra was amazing; my skills as an ensemble director have markedly improved from three years ago and my musicians provide both fantastic hangs and mature playing. The changes I've made to left to my own devices reflect the wisdom imparted from several of my teachers and mentors, and the whole show's just going to be oodles of fun. November 25th, 6pm at WAAPA - save the date!
Performing-wise, I've been going from doing improvisations with the WA Laptop Orchestra to playing piano in jazz recitals to the usual saxophone goodness with WAYJO and gigs around town. We've also been taking Not Me, an Actors Hub show devised last year, to schools and the Dramafest program. The piece explores exaggerated Australian adolescent archetypes and the social consequences associated with social media, and I'm working with fender rhodes and sporadic loop-generated keyboard material. I'll be soundscaping a new show, Stories from Suburban Roads, with these talented young actors next month and exploring my new arsenal of electronic processing and feedback in a rustic setting.
Some pieces to be working on post-uni (probably when I'm recovering from having wisdom teeth out): choral arrangements as well as my smiles just linger, a new work for SATB quartet and electronics. I'll also finally start droplets and sprinkles for saxophone choir and dabble into orchestral singer-songwriter arrangements. Existing pieces to be workshopped include my commission for the World Saxophone Congress and also sunset skies with the South Side Symphony Orchestra.