Past, Present, Future

It’s been a busy couple of months for me and things aren’t going to be slowing down any time soon!

After a very successful Mardi Gras season during the latter part of february and early march, i had only a little bit of a breather before dealing with final preparations for the TUMB spring concert and my NienteForte contemporary music ensemble concert. The TUMB concert is this wednesday, and the NienteForte concert is this sunday! I’m very excited for both concerts, particularly the NienteForte concert, to have Dave Constantine come down to do a world premiere of Timpani Forces and to put on some other great music.

Once the excitement of that concert is over and after I perform a wedding ceremony on April 16th, my project plans will be to focus on fall marching band season. I’m again working with Hermiston High School, but this time instead of just writing their music, i’ll be writing both their music and drill. It will be a new challenge for me, but one that i’m preparing for by doing a lot of drill writing exercises to get familiar with Pyware and to start to get my head wrapped around drill writing concepts. This coupled with my duties with Tulane will keep me pretty occupied over the summer.

Once the summer is finished, i’ll be focusing on the choir piece that was originally slated for Fall of 2011 and has now been pushed to Spring of 2012. In the middle of that i’m going to try to work in an electronic music project dealing with some speech samples i took during a cab ride home over christmas. I’ve decided that i want it to be a Max piece or a series of Max pieces, which means that i need to get my Max chops back in place.

It’s going to be a busy remainder of 2010, but i’m looking forward to it. It feels right to continue to push my creative outlet mixed in with my other duties and passions.

Mendel Lee

I'm a composer, musician, and music educator residing in New Orleans, LA.

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