I haven't said much these last months, because like Gary, I too have been a busy little bee (though not hobnobbing with the Lucases of the world at their exclusive ranch and whatnot... ).
I have been working on a project here in my new adopted home: a music festival. And happily, it is seeing the light of day.
The city has backed me 100%, and today (in 2 hours) I get to meet my new board of directors. So now, I can add "president and music director" to my resumé.
The festival will be small at first (aren't they all?), but we don't plan on it becoming an international type thing. We like to think of it as a "spring-board" for young performers, and as well, we are incorporating a "new music" side to the festival.
There is a regional festival south of us that deals in popular music, encouraging young artists and new music in the pop music field....
Well, we want to be the same thing for lyrical (ie: accessible) new concert music. The reason we're specifying the "lyrical/accessible" side, is that there are already MANY venues for new avant-garde music in the region, and we feel that there is a need for support of those who don't fit into that category.
This year's edition is dedicated primarily to French music. Since next year is the 100th anniversary of Samuel Barber's birth, the festival will be dedicated to "Music of the Americas".
I will keep you all updated on the progress of the project. We will be having meetings every week for a while, to deal with all the set-up issues (costs, etc..). Hopefully, next year, we will be eligible for some government funding to help shore us up a little (somehow, while I'm hopeful, and ever optimistic, I doubt that ticket-sales will be enough to keep us running).
Two of my pieces will be performed at the festival this year! My woodwind quintet (which is also being recorded next week for a demo CD by the ensemble who premiered it), and I am trying to have two movements of my violin sonata (it has six movements) included on another concert programme.
The festival will also see a performance of Alan Belkin's new Piano Trio (I don't know if it will be the premiere... I suspect that might be happening just a few weeks earlier).