This past Thursday, May 26th, I gave my first recital since my senior recital at UCLA – 6 years ago. This was a very significant moment for me. It’s been a struggle for quite literally the last 6 years to find a satisfying balance between performance and scholarship. And, as I’ve been rather unhappy with scholarship of late, this recital provided the perfect way to both find my way back to playing and feel content as a musician.
The recital program consisted of 5 all-new pieces for tuba:
SVPER-ANGRY DEATH-BLAST ASSAVLT COVNTDOWN III
by Francis Roberts
Wouldn’t Need You
by Nicholas Deyoe
for tuba and loop pedal
The Sedge Warbler, or The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha
by Carolyn Chen
for tuba, tape, and projection
by Clinton McCallum
for tuba, electronics, and drum machine
by Brian Griffeath-Loeb
All 5 pieces were incredibly fun and rewarding to learn and perform. Crapiccio was particularly special for me. It is a re-composition of Capriccio by Penderecki, which was a big part of my senior recital.
You can play through the entire program below.