Hey everyone, I hope you're all staying healthy and socially distant. Wow, what a time we are living in.
I've personally had to grapple with the loss of tour dates, teaching work, Broadway gigs, and... well, basically everything. So, after giving myself a minute to feel sad about all that, I've put together some plans.
First of all, I've made the first two installments of my new YouTube series "SCORE STUDY." So far, I've been looking at Billy Strayhorn and György Ligeti. My goal is to provide extremely in-depth analysis of the wide variety of compositions that I find inspiring, and to share with the world tools to undertake their own analyses in the future. I've got Carla Bley and Frank Zappa coming up, as well as just some tutorials on using Sibelius/Finale... one thing I've gotten lots of questions on is how to write irrational time signatures in notation software... so I'm going to answer that question once and for all.
Secondly, I've started an accompanying Patreon Page. For an affordable monthly subscription, you can have access to my whole musical world! I'm uploading tons of great stuff for instrumentalists, composers, and just music aficionados. I've got practice materials, play-alongs to my compositions, behind-the-scenes footage, Q&As, alternate takes of my studio recordings... please check it out if you'd like to support my making this online content and composing new music.
I hope that we're back to gigging and touring and working and living a normal life soon... but I have a strong feeling it's going to be some time before the music scene resembles "normal." So, this will be a great way for me to continue to engage with you all. I wish everyone the best!