Entries from August 2008

How do you weight your roles of composer and pianist?

August 15th, 2008 · No Comments · FAQs

Composition is the highest priority, but the piano has been central in my development.  Being able to perform as a soloist and in collaboration with others laid a groundwork of trust that led to important first commissions.  When in residence as as a composer at, for instance, the Grand Teton Festival or the ACF Pacific […]

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What inspires you?

August 1st, 2008 · No Comments · Composition, FAQs, Italy, Native Americans

This is the question people most frequently ask me about composing.  Where do you get your inspiration, your ideas, and then, how do you set about actually writing?  The first part is about catalyst, the second part refers to method and craft. I was maybe 14 when I first started composing.  Initially I drew inspiration […]

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