Thursday, April 30, 2009

April 30 - Free Stoned Free

Four more pages of orchestration for Elijah Rock: Ouverture before Quiz 14 for the Theoreticians, the last one -- Analysis, Counterpoint, Voice-Leading -- with Glass and the Police, then finishing ER: O instrumentatalizing and recording in lab.

Begin related concept for I. Turn upon return.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

April 29 - Hills Hath No Fury

Delighted to find the full score of Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah on the shelves, which avoids a run to UC Davis, and allows the beginning instrumentation of Elijah Rock: I Ouverature before heading out the door for a run at music from William Billings through W.A. Mozart's Symphony No. 40 at St. Mary's and Sting's King of Pain for dictation, harmony, and keyboard-solfege at DVC.

Record with sufficient sound-sources and tempo changes thereafter Solomon: XII. (a trope of George Crumb's Music for a Summer Evening final movement) and the beginning of Elijah.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

April 28 - Tower de Farsi

Begin the orchestration of Solomon: XIII. Your Father Solomon before travelling that circuitous path to Diablo Valley College for another Glassian dictation, this time from Akhnaten: Akhnaten and Nefertiti, with a harmonization all in common tones (as opposed to the previous all contrary motion).

Lunch at China Garden with fine familial feelings, writing Quiz 11 for the tomorrow's Enligheners, then back to DVC finishing S 13 before and after the evening class, with music of

Arthur Honegger
Ferde Grofe
Darius Milhaud
Bessie Smith
Carl Orff
Paul Hindemith
Wayan Limbak
Henry Cowell
Adolph Deutsch
George Gershwin
Belly Dancing
Francis Poulenc
Edward "Duke" Ellington
Kurt Weill
Aaron Copland
Frederick Loewe
Harry Partch
Jester Hairston
Louis Armstrong
Joaquin Rodrigo
William Walton
Meredith Willson
Richard Rodgers
Aram Khachaturian
Joe Garland
Harold Arlen
Dmitri Shostakovich
Miklos Rosza
Olivier Messiaen
Samuel Barber
Alan (Chakmakjian) Hovhaness

Lingering with Doug, he gets to hear not only the new Solomon but all of Business As Usual, for better or worse... Record of provisional of the former on GarageBand, in a world where tempo never changes...

Monday, April 27, 2009

April 27 - Enlightenment, Fog, Enlightenment

Making the way down 680 to St. Mary's, the clouds are massacring Diablo's bright rays, for music from F.J. Haydn's Symphony No. 94 ("Surprise") through William Billings's I Am the Rose of Sharon.

The clouds clear again over the Chapel and Rheem Hill in time to head back up to Diablo Valley College for a dictation on Philip Glass's Satyagraha, plus student compositions and lab time, finishing up Solomon: XII. Because You Have Turned, and recording same plus XI. I Come to You (The Queen of Sheba).

Sunday, April 26, 2009

April 26 - Trucking on to a Finale

We rent a van in anticipation of taking all the costumes, props, and set pieces out of Noh Space after tonight's final Dioclesian/Diocletian, and the elevated cab provides a heightened consciousness for views of the English Hills,

backed by the Vaca Mountains,

while crusing down Monte Vista.

Picking up Alix Jerinic at Chamber Arts, there's flying over the Bay towards

San Francisco with

the Golden Gate, Marin Headland, and slopes of Mt. Tam in attendance.

The concluding performances (again with Maria invoicenito) are quite fine, with a rapt audience including Theoreticians Cody Green, Tyler Layne, and Julian Lesson, and Historian Stephanie Stensvold. Thereafter, we make a beeline to near Divisadero, for cast party at Adam and Indre's, with Harriet, Maria, Annemarie,

Kim, Robin, Alison and her husband.

Home again, we're too tired to unload the van but not to begin the orchestration of Solomon: XI. Because You Have Turned, mapped over the John Lennon / Paul McCartney Birthday in collison with Igor Stravinsky's The Flood: The Catalogue of the Animals.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

April 25 - Water World Workout

Morning Sex and Delilah rehearsal at Paul Dresher studio, with Nanette McGuiness, Kristin Brown, and Alexander Katsman, followed by a walk in Oakland's

Lakeside Park, looking southeast to a water temple overlooked by East Bay Hills

across Lake Merritt to Our Lady of Lourdes

near weathered/withered tired trees, and

west towards the



Park Bellevue Tower,

an eccentric hinge house,



playing high rise


and a maze -- amazing!

After a return to Paul Dresher (including a rehearsal of Sailor Boy with William Loney and a telented newcomer),

assisting in the realization of Prodigal Songs (all above as part of San Francisco Cabaret Opera's Fresh Voices IX programs next month),

head back out for more views of the same suspicious characters, plus

the East Bay Hills,

closer looks of the temple and


the park under renovation,

Beacon Hill housing,

plenteous palms at

Culver Arms,

and a turnaround across from a miniscule redwood park.

The return provides panoramas


austere geometry,


verge on the verge,


of various cone,


and facades,

to a visit within Our Lady, so to speak, and


Framed vistas,



still life architecture (with stop-motion Darwinesque planted animals?) for Mid-Day Saturday Afternoon (almost belying the overall activity on

Grand Avenue),

and yet another return to Paul Dresher, picking up Harriet,

dining al almost-freezo in the courtyard of Connecticut Yankee (the coldest winter, etc.), and gathering the tribes for the evening's performances of Dioclesian/Diocletian at San Francisco's Noh Space, with Kim, Indre, and Mark covering for a laringitis-challenged Maria, before an enthusiastic crowd, including a DVC Music Lit posse, Music Theoretician William Smith, St. Mary's Enlightener Christine Wong, and Mice and Men George-veteran Wayne Wong.

Upon return, finish the orchestration of Solomon: XI. I Come to You (The Queen of Sheba).