Working hard!

I've been busy with a couple huge projects lately. One of them, I will share with you in a month or two. The other is: my 3rd album! I just finished recording it and it will be mastered next week. I am hoping for a November release. 

I recorded Eli Fieldsteel's  Fractus III: Aerophoneme  with my Sankyo Kingma system flute. Even though the piece doesn't require a Kingma system flute, it was nice to use it because of the many quarter tone passages in the piece. 

I recorded Eli Fieldsteel's Fractus III: Aerophoneme with my Sankyo Kingma system flute. Even though the piece doesn't require a Kingma system flute, it was nice to use it because of the many quarter tone passages in the piece. 

The album will contain the following works:

Fractus III: Aerophoneme for flute and live electronic sound by Eli Fieldsteel
Huge Blank Canvas Neck Tattoo for alto flute and digital delay by Gregory C. Brown
Pencilled Wings for flute, piano, and stereo playback by Emma O'Halloran
60.8% for bass flute and electronics by Douglas Laustsen
Pheromone for flute(s), piano, and electronics by Isaac Schankler
Etude for contrabass flute and TI83+ calculator by Matthew Joseph Payne

I can't wait to share this album with you! I've been working very hard and am really proud of it. 

Adopt a Composer! and help me make my next CD

UPDATE Dec 22, 2014: Thank you to everyone who helped me get to 115% of my original goal!! Although we didn't get to $4000, I'm still looking into finding an excellent illustrator willing to make the album art. Stay tuned! And thank you again! 

UPDATE Dec 5, 2014: Thank you to the 100 most good looking and intelligent people who backed my project! We are over the initial goal of $3000! AND we have 11 more days to go! So if you haven't backed the project, there's still time! I also have a stretch goal: If I can raise $1000 more, I can hire a real graphic designer to design the cover, instead of doing it myself. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. XOXO!

I am raising funds to pay the composers who wrote the pieces on my next album. The six composers (Gregory C. BrownEli FieldsteelDouglas LaustsenEmma O'HalloranIsaac Schankler, and Tina Tallon) have collaborated with me to come up with some excellent rewards for those who contribute.

You can be a part of this next album for just a $2 pledge:

Get your name on the cover of my next album! Any pledge over $2 = your name in the CD cover art!

Read more about my Kickstarter project and make a pledge.

As you may already know, Kickstarter projects will only get funded if the project meets its goal. In this case, my goal is to raise $3000 by December 16th. 

If you can give $2, please do so. If you can give more, you can get some really fun rewards. I would appreciate your involvement in the making of my next album. Thank you for your consideration. If you cannot make a pledge I would really appreciate it if you could share my Kickstarter project with your friends. The link: http://kck.st/1uq5nJ0


This fundraiser will cover a part of the commissioning fees and mechanical licenses that I will pay directly to the composers.

Input-Output is my third solo album project. It will include these newly written works:

  • Pheromone for flute, piano, and electronics (2014) by Isaac Schankler*

  • Pencilled Wings for flute, piano, and stereo playback (2014) by Emma O'Halloran*

  • Fractus III: Aerophoneme for flute and quadraphonic electronic sound (2011/2012) by Eli Fieldsteel

  • New work for flute and electronics (2014) by Douglas Laustsen*

  • Huge White Canvas [working title] for flute and elecronics (2014) by Gregory C. Brown*

  • New work for piccolo and live electronics (2014) by Tina Tallon*

*commissioned for this record

Pianist Jacob Abela and I already premiered and recorded the O'Halloran and Schankler in July 2014. Videos of the premieres:

Between February and June 2015, I will perform and record the other 4 pieces.  

I expect to complete the mastering process for Input-Output in June 2015 and release the album in the Fall of 2015.

WHY ADOPT?

"Sponsor a composer" just didn't sound as good. :)

Detour

For my 3rd album, I thought that I wanted to record an album of Classical and Romantic repertoire. I had the pieces planned out and started recording but the first few recording sessions were difficult for various reasons. Other important details for the project were really hard to work out too, so it made me rethink my plans. This was repertoire that I love but there were too many things that seemed to be working against me. 

It did not bode well that these were some of my recording studio companions on the first two days of recording.

It did not bode well that these were some of my recording studio companions on the first two days of recording.

Instead of continuing with the project, I decided to abort plans for the album and change directions. I hope that some of the material I recorded can be released in the future in different or smaller packages but, for now, it's mostly time and money wasted. I guess I could have planned more carefully or taken more time to think it through but that's not my style. 


I recently listened to some of the material I recorded earlier this year to see if I can do something with them and found this single (unedited) take from February 3, 2014.

Friedrich Kuhlau "Grand Duo" Op. 30, Nr. 2, Adagio lagrimoso with clarinetist Cory Tiffin:

(Stream it or download it for free at meerenai.bandcamp.com!)


I've started again on the 3rd album and it will contain only contemporary music. I feel better about it already. I hope to release it sometime in 2015. 

Kong Must Dead: Follow Me

Ben Hjertmann, a Banglewood friend, has a band called Kong Must Dead. I recorded a few measures of music for this song on alto flute. Unfortunately I couldn't be there for this live performance but you can still hear my alto flute sounds in the opening of the song. Enjoy!

Kong Must Dead Live at Constellation Chicago, 1/26/14 from Psychopomp, CA music and lyrics by Ben Hjertmann Personnel (this song only) Live Band: Ben Hjertmann, voice Owen Davis, drums Stuart Seale, piano & keyboard Jessica Ling, violin Chris Fisher-Lochhead, viola Ben Willis, bass Brendon Randall-Myers, guitar Andy Junk, banjo & ukelele Pre-Recorded: Meerenai Shim, alto flute Luke Gullickson, piano Video courtesy of Peter Ferry. One thousand thanks, Peter!