Bit of a dry spell on the blog since last Spring. Lemme get you all up to speed! Summer was great! Spend a large portion of it working at Toast Wines in West Hartford. Wine has become a great hobby of mine recently, and I love trying different kinds from all over the world. Ended up learning a ton about it, and going to various tastings and things, but now I'm back at the old grind, making preparations for my senior recital which will occur on November 16th! Woo hoo!
Oh! Also managed to catch the Bang on a Can Marathon this summer to hear 8 straight hours of new music! It was a great time with friends Brendan Fox, Keegan Sheehy, Alyssa Rodriguez, Liam Sheehy, and Nicole DeMaio. One of my favorite bands, the vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, performed a set of three awesome pieces! Two were selections from Caroline Shaw's Pulitzer Prize-winning Partita for 8 Voices, and the third was one of my favorite pieces ever--A E I O U by Judd Greenstein. Seriously cool stuff, if you haven't heard that piece, give it a listen. Also managed to meet a couple of the performers in Roomful of Teeth after the performance. They're all really great people, and I can't wait to see what they do next!
Anyway, for more pics from the Marathon, check out the Photos page in the menu above! Speaking of the Photos page, I've recently had a few newer photos of myself taken. Those will slowly be replacing most of the pictures of me on this site and on my various social media platforms. It's good to keep those sorts of things up to date. I also think I just look a little better now, ha ha. Did some exercise over the summer and started eating more healthy food like fresh veggies and lean meats (Paleo, anyone?) and I feel a lot healthier in general nowadays which is awesome! I've also started learning my way around the kitchen. This summer was the summer of sauté and wine sauces, and just recently I bought a cast iron Dutch oven which I plan to use for discovering the wonderful world of the oven. That means braising, baking, and broiling, baby. Boom! That's a lot of alliteration. More Bs than my sixth grade report card—what! (I'll show myself out...). I started out with simple sauté-ing because something about seeing the food cook right there in front of you seems less intimidating than putting it in a box for a set amount of time and crossing your fingers (my oven at school doesn't have a window). Even checking on the food regularly seems kinda nerve-racking to me, but that's the fear that I plan to conquer as I delve into the 3 Bs of #ovenlife. Also got myself a chef's hat to try to dress the part a bit more. If you feel like you're getting more into cooking or just want to bring more joy into the kitchen, I can't recommend these enough. They're like $7 on Amazon Prime. Even wearing them ironically like to cook like ramen or something is hilarious. Still need a funny apron. Haven't been able to decide on one I like, but eventually I'll find something. Until then, I've decided to cook shirtless.
Just kidding (don't do that actually because oil splatters and then it hits you and it hurts.)
This Fall there are a few things coming your way to be on the lookout for ("for which to be on the lookout"?). The first is my upcoming recital, Life is a Dream which will be in Ford Hall at Ithaca College at 7PM on November 16th. It may also be live-streamed as well if you can't make it in person. Working on a chamber orchestra piece for that called La Vida Es Sueño conducted by Paul Grobey which should be really cool! There will also be some more string quartet readings which I plan to write a short piece for ("for which I plan to write a short piece"?) later in the fall. I may also be writing short pieces for solo Bass and piano. We shall see. Could be cool, hey!
The next music-based blog post you can expect from me will probably be shortly before or after my recital. Until then I need to focus my energies on writing! I'm also considering doing some wine tasting blogs on here just for fun. If that's something you'd be into, let me know!
Woo hoo recital! Music! Ahh!