Recordings from Concert

Here is the recording of the McNeil High School Wind Ensemble performing my new arrangement of Alamiro Giampieri’s Il Carneval di Venezia featuring Dr. Vanguel Tangarov, solo clarinet. The recording of my new band setting of Toward Sky’s End will be up early next week, along with some recordings of the other pieces we played.

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Premier of Two Moods, etc.

Below is a youtube video of the Central Texas Civic Trombone Choir’s performance of the premier of my piece Two Moods (2011) for Four-part Trombone Ensemble:

Also, last Friday our band had our UIL performance. We performed (among other things) selections from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (arranged for concert band by John Krance). The performance was probably our best ever and extremely exciting to be a part of. Below is the video of the McNeil HS Wind Ensemble’s performance:

Updates/News

The April issue of Austin Monthly Magazine which features me in one of it’s articles is now being sold around the Austin area. The article, called “The Wunderkind Years” by Anne Lang features profiles four Austin area athletes and myself.

The wind ensemble arrangement of Toward Sky’s End is now complete and I am in the tedious process of making parts. Luckily, I’ve had so much practice making parts lately that I’m getting pretty efficient doing it. The McNeil High School wind ensemble will be performing it at our final concert this year on May 11 and I will be conducting. I’m really looking forward to getting the chance to work with the band and think it’ll be a great last experience in the band before I graduate.

Preparations are still underway for the Austin Symphony’s performance of Affirmation next month on Thursday, April 26 at 7:30 at the Long Center. This weekend I’ll be recording a video interview about the piece that will be featured before the performance of the piece at the concert. Rehearsals begin in 4 weeks!

The Central Texas Civic Trombone Choir is still working on my piece Two Moods for their upcoming concert in April. Rehearsals are awesome and I’m excited to hear the premier!

Lastly, the McNeil Sax Ensemble is beginning to work on our Spring/Summer program, which will include some cool blues, rock, and pop music with our usual tunes. Go to my YouTube Music Performance Channel to hear some of our stuff.

Busy time!

The 3 premiere performances of Affirmation took place last week at Travis and McNeil High Schools and were all spectacular! Each performance was better than the performance before it and I am very happy with how they all went. I’m liking my piece more and more every time I hear it! Now that the relaxing time of getting to listen to my music is over, it’s back to work. There are a number of revisions I am making to the piece and I am generating my own set of parts (which I can expect maybe 1/2 hour per part times 33 parts…). Just gotta get all that done in the next month or so in preparation for the next performance at the Long Center on April 26 with Peter Bay conducting. I can’t wait!

I also just found out that the Mid-Texas Symphony under the direction of David Mairs (the conductor who led the ASO in the premieres of both Toward Sky’s End and Affirmation) will be performing Toward Sky’s End in their May concert this year!

The premiere of Two Moods in coming up on April 16 with the Central Texas Civic Trombone Choir. I’m really excited for that also and can’t wait to work with them more in preparation for the concert.

Finally, I am working on a band transcription of Toward Sky’s End (which is actually the ensemble that it was originally envisioned for, not orchestra) which I will conduct at my final concert with the McNeil High School Wind Ensemble this coming May.

A list of all recent/upcoming performances for the year can be found under the new Performances page.

New Recordings: “Jazz Holiday Collection”

These videos of the McNeil High School Saxophone Ensemble performing the “Jazz Holiday Collection” were recorded at the Heroes of Tomorrow’s Christmas for Foundation for the Homeless gift drive on December 17, 2011.

Klezmer Holiday (2011) by Jared Beu

Silent Night (2011) arr. by Jared Beu

We Three Kings (2011) arr. by Jared Beu

Hark! The Herald Angels “Swing” (2011) arr. by Jared Beu

New Saxophone Ensemble!

Klezmer Holiday (2011)

for for S*ATB Saxophone Quartet (*Optional B♭ Clarinet), Grade 5
Approximate Duration: 4:30
Premiered December 13, 2011 by the McNeil High School Saxophone Ensemble at the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s 2011 Holiday Singalong Pops Concert, Riverbend Centre, Austin, Texas.
 

Program Notes

“Klezmer Holiday” was written for the McNeil High School Saxophone Ensemble’s performance at the Austin Symphony Orchestra’s December 2011 Holiday Singalong Pops Concert. With a Jewish member of the group, I wanted to be sure to represent him and his background amongst all of the Christmas music.

The piece is very fast and energetic and features original melodies mixed with other traditional Jewish tunes, such as “Hava Nagila”. It opens with a very free improvised solo by the soprano and later features both alto and soprano improvised solos, mainly on an F vamp. It has a very demanding soprano saxophone (optional clarinet) part with frequent 16th note runs throughout the range of the instrument.

Stay tuned for a live recording by the MHS Saxophone Quartet.

New Arrangement and Recording: We Three Kings

This is my new jazz arrangement of the tradition Christmas tune “We Three Kings” by Rev. John H. Hopkins, Jr. for the McNeil High School Saxophone Ensemble. Below is a recording of a run-through during one of our rehearsals.

NEW RECORDING! Sax Quartet “McNeil” (2010)

Sax Quartet “McNeil” (2010)
for A(A)TTB Saxophone Quartet, Grade 4
Approximate Duration: 3:30+
Premiered on September 25, 2010 by the McNeil High School Saxophone Ensemble at the McNeil High School Band’s 1st Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser, St. Phillips UMC.
 

Below is a recording of the MHS Sax Ensemble from December 2010 featuring Lead Alto soloist Jared Beu:

Program Notes

“McNeil” was written for the McNeil High School Saxophone Ensemble based on the bass line by (at the time) McNeil Senior “Jimbo” Brand. The piece switches between Funk and Latin styles and features an 48-bar open solo section. Originally for one alto, two tenors and one baritone, the piece also includes an optional 2nd Alto that doubles the 2nd Tenor.

NEW! Trombone Quartet

Two Moods (2011) for Four Trombones
for Trombone Quartet
Approximate Duration: 4:45
 

Below is a midi demo from Finale:

Program Notes

“Two Moods” for Four Trombones was written for my friend and trombonist Jake Johnson (McNeil High School class of 2011). For months he pressured me to write him a trombone quartet with a  jazzy and contemporary sound (and a bass line) and in February if 2011 I finally agreed, telling him I’d have it done by the beginning of April. After blowing off the project until around the time I told him I would have it completed, I spent a few weeks madly trying to compose his piece while buying time with lame excuses.

Due to the situation, I took a somewhat stream of consciousness approach in the writing that I had never tried before. I developed some thematic material and a general blueprint of the progression of the piece (which was basically only slow, then fast) and set off writing whatever came to mind.

The first draft of the piece was completed on April 14, 2011 (only 2 weeks late…). The final product is a single movement piece split into 2 distinct slow and fast parts. The music contains both contemporary classical and jazz elements (including a quasi swing feel in the fast part and a funky bass line).

Etude No. 1 (2009) for Solo Piano

Etude No. 1
for Solo Piano
Approximate Duration: 5:30
 

Program Notes

Etude No. 1 is the first piece I composed after taking a 4 year break from composing from 2005-2008. This piece was an experiment with minimalism and quintal harmony. Due to the repetitive nature of conflicting rhythms between the hands and difficult left hand passages up and down the keyboard (and with lack of a better title) I called the piece “Etude No. 1”.

Etude No. 1 is part of a collection of etudes for the piano called Three Pieces for Piano (To be completed in Fall 2011).

An video recording of the piece can be heard below: