Quote for Today

“On the threshold of the Third millennium, my hope for all you who are artists is that you will have an especially intense experience of creative inspiration. May the beauty which you pass on to generations still to come be such that it will stir them to wonder! With the sacredness of life and of the human person, and before the marvels of the universe, wonder is the only appropriate attitude.”

~~”Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists”, 1999

http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_let_23041999_artists_en.html

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Visual and Musical Arts: Rothko Chapel

Art is exciting. There is always something to discover. Artists always continue to contemplate life and communicate through new works. Recently someone told me about this music inspired by the visual art at the Rothko Chapel. A harmonization of expression through sound and space, this piece, written after the composer Morton Feldman’s visit to the chapel, draws us in to the present moment of contemplation. The mission statement of the chapel itself is, “[…] to inspire people to action through art and contemplation, to nurture reverence for the highest aspirations of humanity, and to provide a forum for global concerns.” http://www.rothkochapel.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=31

You can read more about this music at http://www.rothkochapel.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=78:music-for-rothko&catid=1:public-programs&Itemid=43

“Symphonic Picture No. 1: New Frontier”

“Symphonic Picture No. 1: New Frontier” was written earlier this year for the La Verne Chamber Orchestra and is my first piece for a symphonic ensemble. The inspiration for this piece was definitely landscapes, the outdoors, and a sense of adventure. The composers Antonín Dvořák and Aaron Copland are my two favorites for writing music like this. If your ensemble is interested in performing this work, please feel free to contact me.

Itzhak Perlman Plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

Video

Beauty does exist in this world.

Itzhak Perlman is known to be one of the greatest violinists in the world, and as you will see from this video for good reason. He is also a fabulous teacher! It is wonderful to see such a great artist teaching with such kindness and clarity.

You can learn more about him at his website:

http://www.itzhakperlman.com/

New Music for Violin and Piano

This piece has been several weeks in coming and I am happy to announce this video of my music for violin and piano, “The Apple Blossom and the Riverbank”. It’s inspired by the beautiful sounds of traditional Chinese music and East Asian art. I wanted to write a piece that evoked the same kind of balance and grace and that was also playable by intermediate musicians. The recording here was done with a live violin and a midi piano, so some of the expressive qualities could definitely be expanded upon with live collaboration, especially in the beginning and ending passages. I have included the PDF’s because I would be honored if people would play and perform this work for personal projects and concerts. All I ask for at this point is attribution.

The Apple Blossom And The Riverbank

The Apple Blossom and the Riverbank – Violin

J. Brown Violin Maker

We are very fortunate in the Claremont/La Verne area to have J. Brown Violin Maker right here in our community. This documentary about J. Brown and his shop was made by Marilyn Mejia, a student of the University of La Verne and she did a fabulous job! You’ll get to hear a story about my violin too 🙂 Thanks Marylin!