Just listened to your Somnambulist piece. Very enjoyable! From the sound of the page turn in there it seems you actually played it as well, which is certainly refreshing round these parts. Very consistent, solid, entertaining composition. Bravo!
I started by playing in piano/keys/Hammond organ in my local church, Bethel United, Apostolic Pentecostal Church. It was a hard slog as the competition was great but healthy. My training started there, I learned to play by ear, improvisating, arranging, playing hymns, conducting, MDing, even leading the choir and vocal training. I soaked it all in and immersed myself in music as much as i could. I spent hours practicing everyday and was encouraged to got to college and university. There were many discouraging times but i persevered as i new that music was and is what i want to do. I have a degree in Composition where i learned orchestration and writing for various instruments/ensembles, such as string quartets, big-band, running a gospel choir and incorporating horn sections and even eastern instruments, as well as African idioms into my music. I like to cross genres when composing and producing wherever possible, as it brings out new flavours all the time. I have a Masters in World Music which involved studying various kinds of music genres, Cross Cultural Studies & Music Philosophy; oh and loads of assignments...but i'm glad i did it in the end :-). I work with a variety of artists/groups/projects/organizations now nationally and internationally. I've just produced an EP for http://gershombrown.com another artist on my record label http://anotherkeyrecords.com.
Currently i'm working with an African writer who is writing a play to be shown in theaters from September 2011 and I'm working with an international artist on a Jazz/R&B project, plus a bit of teaching- i like to keep busy.
What future projects do you have coming up, or planning?
Hi Michael, thanks for the friend request. I like Dreams of a Somnambulist composition. I want to study a little more in the 12 tone genre, starting with piano then moving on to an ensemble. How did you get started in music?