May 1 – I have released a new EP on all streaming outlets and on CD. Jade is now available everywhere. CD orders are made at bandcamp, and are coming to CD Baby physical distribution (Amazon and others). Jade is the fruit of much work between September, 2020 and February, 2021. Five jazz and jazz-rock compositions arranged for varying instrumentations, and contributions of recordings of those parts by 15 fellow musicians.
I was commissioned to write a flute solo for Janet Watson Phillips in 2020. She unofficially premiered Dragonfly online as a Facebook Live on February 5, 2021 and has plans to program it as soon as possible.
As COVID-19 continues to dampen live performance it is clear that online forums such as YouTube are the common venues for new work. I have been active in this regard, and invite you to enjoy the following “premieres” and new offerings at my YouTube channel. 1) an archival video of the 2nd ever performance of my Chamber Symphony, under my direction at the University of Michigan, from 1995; 2) a score scroll and electronic realization of my recently completed Piano Concerto; and 3) a premiere with video of an original gymnopédie for solo piano entitled Nacktes Stück (Naked Piece). Amid these classically-oriented works you’ll also find the usual bevy of my performances and videos original and cover songs and links to “Great Performances” that other musicians have posted of their performances of my music.
Now published and available as a free PDF by request: Glenbower Wood for Clarinet in A. You may hear it right here. Note that I have a few other free PDFs at this site. They are: The Bob Barcarolle (for solo Bb clarinet) and Violin Notebook (for solo violin). (Sorry, no recordings of the latter two.)
I will perform the Premiere my song cycle for Baritone and Piano on poetry of W.B. Yeats, A Yeats Cycle, on June 9 (5 PM EST) online here, with Maureen Hurd Hause accompanying. It is dedicated to Maureen, and was completed in 2020.
Two works that I composed for Selmer clarinet Artist, Maureen Hurd Hause, will receive their premieres at the Henri Selmer Paris Summer Academy. Normally held at Michigan State University, the 2020 installment will proceed online, May 28. The works are Tower House for solo clarinet, a partial product of our Burren College of Art residency, and Evening Dance, for clarinet and piano.
I recently finished a solo flute commission for Janet Watson Phillips. Dragonfly is five minutes long and premiere information will be announced here.
I am thrilled to have been commissioned for a major new work for large wind ensemble by the University of Michigan Symphony Band. At the present time the timeline for premiere and is unclear due to the ramifications of COVID-19.
I am excited to be joining the progressive rock band Advent as bassist (and other auxiliary things). Based in New Jersey, they have established a 30-year reputation as a premiere modern prog rock ensemble.
I am pleased to be teaching Electronic Music Composition at Drew University for Spring, 2020. In March, the University of Michigan Symphony Band (Haithcock) has scheduled Tango Variations in Hill Auditorium, where they premiered it 10/20/10. [The 2020 performance is canceled or postponed.]
I am honored to have been commissioned by the Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor, Benjamin Cohen, Director, as the featured composer for their concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (April 22, 2020). The concert is entitled Music for the Meanwhile Earth. More information here. [Postponed until next season].
My edition/orchestration/arrangement of the famous Cuban zarzulea, Cecilia Valdes by Gonzalo Roig will receive its crowning production outside of Cuba by the El Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid. It ran from January 24, 2020 to February 9, 2020. Full video is here.
Windy Day Poem (2017) for soprano sax and piano has now been released on Blue Griffin Recordings, performed by the Creviston Duo (Christopher and Hannah). It may be purchased on CD or streamed on all commercial outlets. It may also be heard at this site.
In March (2019) my wife and I were in residence at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland, Co. Clare, 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. We also were in residence at Greywood Arts in Killeagh, Co. Cork in May. Through it all we had a joyous (and educational) time being active in Northwestern Co. Clare’s bustling and welcoming traditional music scene.
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). 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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