As the perceptive amongst you have realized, this is my website, and at the moment I'm writing this, my new website!!! As you might be able to tell from my excessive use of exclamation marks, I'm very excited about this thing. For a few reasons: First of all, I've had my eye on the domain name "miggytorres.com" for about a year now. I can finally rest easy knowing no one else will snatch it up. Second, this gives me a simple and organized way of keeping my portfolio together. But most importantly, it gives me a great way of communicating with everyone, and sharing ideas, and keeping you guys up to date with the goings-on of my music. It will also be interesting to look back on this blog in a few years and see what sort of journey we've taken.
I considered using Facebook for this sort of thing, but you don't really blog on Facebook (at least not in 2013). Could've done the whole Tumblr deal, but I figured I may as well take one fell swoop, and combine the blog with my portfolio. You see, in April, a certain class I'm taking will require me to create an electronic portfolio, and the way it works, they give you one of their cookie-cutter "Student ePortfoilo" sites—not a huge fan of those. Nothing really wrong with them, they're very clear and direct. I just think having a website like the one you're on right now is a bit more personal. And that's something that is really important to me. Whether I'm writing music, or conducting a choir, or writing a blog, I always have this urge to connect with people. And I think this format will be more conducive to that sort of thing.
At to be honest—let's be honest—it looks like ten times more professional. School ePortfolios are great for giving students a public database of their work that they don't have to pay for. But when it comes down to it, nothing is better than a really nice professional website—which reminds me....
If you see anything on the site, that looks weird or that's unintuitive, or if there are any dead links, let me know (there's a drop-down selection for reporting website issues in the "Contact" tab). There are parts of the site that are not yet complete, and those will likely be finished soon. If there's a section of the site that's not complete, it's probably because I don't have the wherewithal with which to complete it.
For example, as it looks right now, the header for many of the pages is just this large... pink... tree thing—not exactly related to anything on the site.... Those are just placeholders until I get some really nice photos to put there. Maybe I'll try one or two of Ithaca. It's so nice up here. Radically different from New England—but I'll save that for another post. Oh! And if the button on my "Biography" page that says "Download CV" doesn't work, that's okay. I need to upload one... which means I need to update my old one... and it's almost 2:00 AM... which means... I'm not doing that tonight.
But what I will do tonight is let you guys in on the composing action that's currently going on "behind the scenes," so to speak (don't know why that was in quotes... too late now, though). I'm currently working on a few projects, and before I go into greater detail on any of them, I'm going to make a list of those projects right now, because I read somewhere that people are drawn more to reading things when they're in lists. Lists are like the butterscotch of the blogosphere, just can't get enough. Anyway, here we go:
- String Quartet
- Choral Piece
- Song Cycle
So... going through here... let's see... the string quartet. That's a project I began pretty recently. Like, I'm talking within the last week or so. You see, it's "string quartet season" for us composers here at Ithaca. We'll be getting any string quartets we've written read in a few months... or weeks... or something like that. Anyway, suffice it to say, that I want to try to get a piece done in time to be read. It might not end up being a full multi-movement piece. We'll see how much I get done by then. When you're an emerging composer, even having just a few bars read can be very beneficial. Still, I think I'll be able to churn out at least a movement in time for the reading.
That's the thing about studying Composition—you go in thinking to yourself, "Finally! I'll be studying this every day, and I'll have time to compose!"
Afraid it doesn't work that way. You see, there are just so many other things that take time away from our writing day. Still, most of those things are just as awesome as composition (singing, ear training, piano playing, conducting, etc.), so it's not so bad. Getting into a habit of writing a bit each day is a really good thing.
Going on a bit of a tangent here, so more on that stuff in another post.
So that's the string quartet. I can talk about the actual music I'm writing once I have more of it done. As of now, I only have a couple sketches, but I'll keep you in the loop.
Next is the choral piece. Don't want to reveal too much about this piece before it's done (you'll find that to be a recurring theme around these parts), but I can say that it will be a piece for an SAB high school choir combined with an elementary school chorus. Plus piano. That'll be done by the mid-March at the latest, so be on the look out for that. The performance is sometime in April, and if you live in or near Long Island, keep your head up for that. I'll announce it as the day gets closer.
Finally, the song cycle. This. Piece. I am SOOO excited about this piece. A story goes along with this piece... and if I tell it here, this post will probably never end. But hey! That gives us more stuff to talk about further down the line. A few details about it though, it's a song cycle for high soprano. Specifically, for the illustrious Sara Brimer of the Swingle Singers. Like I said, I'll go into much greater detail in a later post, but it's probably going to end up being pretty virtuosic. Sara just has this voice--
Nope! Can't talk about it. If I do, I'll just go on and on and on and never stop. Next post maybe. In the mean time, definitely go check out all of the Swingles. They're without a doubt some of the most musical and talented individuals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. One of their newest albums, Ferris Wheels, is just superb. Suuuuuperb. They do lot's of neat textural stuff in those arrangements. Every time I listen to a piece, I learn something new!
Anyway, that's where things currently stand "behind the scenes" (there I go again with the quotes). Can't wait to get this website up to full throttle with all the right pictures and headers and downloads and such. Also very excited to keep sharing with you via the blog!