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November 18, 2017

Artist Dragana Dodig Pajkovic gave me this surprise gift—her watercolor version of the cover art for Panacea, my new album for string quartet.

She was working on this picture at the closing of her solo show at Poïèsis des Arts gallery in the Marais, Thursday Nov. 16.

She asked me to help her remove the gum arabic which revealed the image of the poppies.

I was completely taken by surprise!

It is so fantastic to have a work from this esteemed artist—and as the subject, my new works for string quartet.

You can see she included the title at the bottom of the picture.

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November 14, 2017

Panacea CD Release Party and Concert

Come celebrate the upcoming release of Panacea – Three String Quartet’s, with a live performance by the Marais Quartet, Misha Shmidt, Blayne Barnes, Mara Gearman and Paige Stockley.

This one-of-a-kind CD release party will be held at the beautiful Ram’s Gate Winery in Sonoma, Ca. in the open air library, thanks to the support of Caron Stapleton and Rob Phillips.

This will be a very special event. 

The event is catered with wine flights and culinary pairings.

$40 includes the concert, wine and refreshments.

$125, ($200 per couple) VIP also includes two signed CDs, and an original artwork print created by the composer for this event.
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VIP reservations made by November 22nd will have their names included in the CD booklet as a supporter.

Proceeds from the event cover travel costs for the quartet.

We look forward to sharing this fantastic new album, in beautiful surroundings, with you.

DATE

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

4:00PM to 6:00PM

ADDRESS

Ram’s Gate Winery

28700 Arnold Dr

Sonoma, CA 95476

 

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October 17, 2017

I will be a resident composer at the Visby International Centre for Composers in Visby, Sweden for two months beginning January 2019.

I will be working on short piano works for a new album recording later that year.

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October 2, 2017

I am very happy to announce that the based ArpaViva label will release the Panacea – Three String Quartet album.

The release and support was confirmed this weekend.

Los Angeles-based ArpaViva release new concert music recordings of 20th and 21st century composers, including music by John Cage and Frederick Rzewski.

Release date to be announced soon!

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September 20, 2017

Original handmade prints to accompany Panacea – Three String Quartets album. (11″ X 15″), (28 X 38 cm) – available winter 2017

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September 5, 2017

Premier of La Dharcza by pianist Angelo Rondello on February 4, 2017 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington.

This concert program kicked off Angelo Rondello’s tour of Europe and Japan.

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 August 30, 2017

YEREVAN, ARMENIA

I am posting a few more pictures of Armenia before returning to Paris tonight.

My one-month residency in Yerevan was so great. I met many wonderful people.

It was a perfect mix of exhibit/concert performance, with artist Constantin Rusu and cellist, Ruzan Abrahamyan.

Not to mention, travels to the north and south of the country.

To everyone in Yerevan who made this an unforgettable month.

Շնորհակալություն!

View of Iran from the Armenian border Church in a cave in central Armenia

Cross stone carving, Makaravank monasteryGraphic score project at Galenz Museum

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August 17, 2017

I, along with Constatin Rusu have been invited to present our music/graphic

scores project at the Galentz museum in Yerevan, Armenia on the 18th of

August at 7pm.

 

Constantin and I are creating scores for piano that contain both fixed

composition with sections for free improvisation.

 

Galentz Museum

Galentzi St., 18 Building

(Arabkir adm. district)
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 August 1, 2017

Listen

We did it…!

Our new album, PANACEA – THREE STRING QUARTETS is complete—as of this week.

And it sounds amazing…

The players:
violin I – Misha Shmidt
violin II – Blayne Barnes
viola – Mara Gearman
Cello – Paige Stockley

This album is a long time coming. It has tremendous energy and a delicate beauty:
Quartet #1 – Panacea
Quartet #2 – Stateless
Quartet #3 – Inter Nos

To be released in fall 2017.