James Lomax invited me into WVNN on July 23 to guest host The James Lomax Show. I took the opportunity to invite Chris O’Neil, host of the podcast Simply Opinions, and we discussed the Republican National Convention.
After I published my article on AL.com regarding teacher turnover in Huntsville City Schools, I was invited on the James Lomax Show by Grayson Everett, who was guest hosting that week, and appeared along with Clay Martinson, a good friend of mine. This is the audio from that show; more is available on WVNN.com.
The Iron Giant Percussion ensemble will be premiering my composition Apoptosis at the Hoover Public Library on Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 as a part of a concert of new percussion music organized by the Birmingham Art Music Alliance. Admission is free!
In daily life, billions of cells in the human body die in a highly-regulated, pre-programmed process called apoptosis. Apoptosis, for melodica, bongos, vibraphone, and toy piano, covers, over four movements, four steps in the process of cell death, with the sounds of each section inspired by the rhythm of the words that title the movement. The piece is characterized by the tight, decentralized control of the musicians on stage: In each of the four movements, a different one of the four performers takes on the role of conductor, giving audio signals to drive the music forward. The entire performance is improvised from small “fragments” of music, designed to create a certain atmosphere, but the structure of the content is completely at the discretion of the performers and conductor. These counterbalanced elements of control and decentralization, randomness and order, mark daily processes of life and the structure of Apoptosis.
The Druid City Ensemble – Dr. Sarah Crocker, flute; Dr. Whitney O’Neal, flute; and Dr. Dawn Neely, soprano – will premiere Aftermath, a dramatic take on the Hansel and Gretel fairy tale, Saturday November 7 at 2:30 at Southside Baptist Church in Birmingham, and again at the University of Montevallo’s LeBaron Recital Hall on November 8 at 2:30. This is my first work that emphasizes improvisation as an integral part of the performance, in the spirit of Terry Riley’s In C. The text, an extension of Louise Glück’s “Gretel in Darkness,” was written by Bailey Brotherton. Admission is free!
After publishing an AL.com editorial criticizing Huntsville City Schools’ surveillance of students’ social media, Dale Jackson of WVNN asked me to come in and debate my points on air. You can read my original editorial here.
I edited this recording to show only my interview. The audio of more of Mr. Jackson’s show is available at www.theattackmachine.com.