In March (2019) my wife and I were in residence at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, where we worked on material for her next album and related live performance. The heart of the project is a clarinet recital, but one that draws in electronics, visuals, and spoken word, and one that speaks to her (and my) interest in Irish culture.
My new prog rock album was released on October 21! Over two years in the making, Plastic Island Pentecost contains a variety of crossover classical-rock instrumentals and features some great guest artists: Paul Brantley, cello, Maureen Hurd, clarinet, David Nadal, classical guitar, Elena Hause, vocal, Holly Nadal, vocals, Holland Jancaitis, organ, and it was mixed, with a special drum cameo, by John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake, The Red Krayola). Check it out anywhere, but how about bandcamp, CD Baby, Spotify, for starters.
A big congratulations to Phill O’Neill of Australia for winning 1st Prize in the 2018 ICTUS International Trumpet Competition, age 26 and over category. ICTUS is an innovative new online-only music competition. I thank him and his percussionist Hugh Tidy for playing (and recording) Street Jam so wonderfully. Check out their great video!
Pei-Yin Hsieh, Concertmaster of the National Taiwan Symphony Orchestra, and Chaoi Chou, piano, gave the World Premiere of two movements of my Suite for Violin and Piano on August 29 at Hsih Chien University Kaohsiung Campus, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
Maureen Hurd will Premiere my solo clarinet “bauble,” The Bob Barcarolle at ICA ClarinetFest in Ostend, Belgium on July 7. Relatedly, Maureen’s incredible CD of clarinet premieres, Spelunk, is finally on Spotify & Apple Music. It features three compositions of mine, two premiere recordings by William Bolcom, as well as music by Starer, Shulman, and Gould. Guest artists include Curtis Macomber and Blair McMillen.
I have been excited to learn about the upcoming World Premiere and other performances of my commissioned piece for soprano sax and piano, Windy Day Poem. Christopher Creviston will premiere it on February 23 on his faculty recital at Arizona State University, with Hannah Creviston accompanying. They will play it again at the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) Biennial Conference at the Cincinnati Conservatory on March 8. David Stambler (another co-commissioner, as are Joseph Lulloff and Henning Schröder) will give its European Premiere at the World Saxophone Congress (July 10-14) in Zagreb, Croatia, and will perform it at Penn State University on October 15.
Frank Olson, the subject of my opera Man: Biology of a Fall, is given the full mini-series treatment on Netflix. See my blog post about Wormwood, which began airing Dec. 15, 2017. You can stream my complete opera at this website (see previous link).
Full video for my second opera, Nightingale: The Last Days of James Forrestal (2002), is now available at this site.
August 25, 2017 – I released my third solo rock album, a 4-song EP entitled Mad Geography.
My cello solo, Beach Music, is now published at Hal Leonard (distributor for E.B. Marks). Hear it and find link to the store here.
I have uploaded a few new and exciting things. My Piano Quartet (“The River”) is finished, now with (combo of live and electronic) audio and score. My new arrangement of Little Suite (“The Seasons”) for small orchestra is up – live audio and score. And enhanced, exciting audio for the 4th movement of Symphony No. 2, again, with score.
Rock Formations for saxophone quartet is now available. Contact me if you wish to procure a score and parts.
I have arranged my Little Suite for Piano (The Seasons) for small orchestra on a commission from the PCC Symphony Orchestra in Greenville, NC (my hometown), and will conduct its premiere on May 2. For details, see PERFORMANCES at this website. The concert will also honor my father, Robert Hause, by playing his arrangements (here is one of them) and some of his perennial pops orchestra favorites that he used to conduct with the local orchestra.
I have been commissioned by a consortium of saxophones (all four members of the Capitol Quartet) for a work for soprano saxophone and piano, to be premiered in the 2017-18 season.
Music video for Melancolia completed and available at the work’s page. Still imagery of abstract artist Marco Breuer given an animatographic treatment by Table Top Opera’s Christopher Winders.
World Premiere of my new large-form electro-acoustic work, Melancolia took place on Friday, Dec. 2 in the form of a broadcast/webcast from The Netherlands on the show: “American Highways” hosted by Guy Livingston, on Radio Concertzender. The podcast is called “Old Friends, New Releases” and is available for free here, including a link to iTunes. Meanwhile, my album is always available to be heard and seen here: MELANCOLIA.
My chamber orchestra arrangement of Edgard Varèse’s Poéme èlectronique has now been released by Alarm Will Sound on bandcamp.
The Ann Arbor Concert Band premiered my The Four Winds on May 15 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor at 2 PM. James Nissen conducts. The J.H. Rose High Band in Greenville, NC performed it May 17, and I conducted.
The Capitol Quartet premiered my saxophone quartet, Rock Formations, on March 11 at Texas Tech University at the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference. They played it during a mini-tour March 30-April 4, including Arkansas State University on April 4 (Little Rock).
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