A Long Overdue Update

Thanks for dropping by my website! I obviously haven’t updated in a while, so I wanted to let you know what’s up these days. I’m starting my second year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, teaching music theory and assisting with the University of Iowa Center for New Music. Really loving it here at UI—my students and colleagues are fantastic and Iowa City is a great town.

I have some exciting performances and projects lined up this year! On October 9 my solo piano piece, Scenic Route, will be performed by pianist Paul Barnes at the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers Conference, which will be held in Los Angeles. Paul will perform the piece again on April 20 on the Cutting Edge Concerts series at Symphony Space in New York. Very excited to work with Paul for the first time!

In March, my friend Silvan Negrutiu, who premiered my Piano Concerto, will perform the concerto again at Millikin University, where he is the Coordinator of Keyboard studies. I cannot wait to work with Silvan again. He is an artist of great depth and immense talent and it is an amazing privilege for me to hear him perform my music. I will spend three days at Millikin working with the wind ensemble and meeting with the composition students. The wind ensemble will also perform Mountain Lake Photograph on the concert.

In coordination with my residency at Millikin, I have also been commissioned by the Millikin University Percussion Ensemble to write an octet, to be premiered in April. This group is actively commissioning and recording new works and I’m very excited to work with their director, Brian Justison, on this project. I hope to start getting notes on the page next week for this piece!

I am working on another big project at the moment that I will post more about as details fall into place. I began sketches this summer and will continue working on this piece for the next several months.

Again, thanks for visiting my site! Please feel free to leave a comment or contact me with questions.

New Position

After spending a fantastic year in Nashville, where I had the opportunity to teach at Belmont University and get to know some amazing Nashville musicians, I recently accepted a position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Iowa. I am extremely excited about this new opportunity and look forward to teaching at such a fantastic institution! I’ve been in Iowa City for about a week now and have enjoyed the city a lot. Very hip place. My colleagues here are incredible and I’m eager to get to know my students. Classes start Monday, so I’m trying to grind out lesson plans as quickly as I can.

 

I look forward to some really great performances this fall. The Piano Concerto and Mountain Lake Photograph each have a number of performances with some stellar bands. I’m looking forward to a couple of premieres as well. I’ll post more information about each of those as the details are worked out. Thanks for checking in!

 

Cheers,

Zack

Misnomers

Misnomers – 2013

tenor saxophone, trumpet, drum set, vibraphone, piano, double bass (amplified)

Duration: 8 minutes

Commissioned by Jared Broussard

Premiere Date TBA

Recording of Piano Concerto

A recording of my Concerto for Piano and Wind Ensemble has been posted on the site, so please go check it out! Click on the Music tab over to the left and the Piano Concerto is the first piece listed. Many thanks to Silvan Negrutiu, Damon Talley, and the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphonic Wind Ensemble for their tremendous work!

 

Cheers,

 

Zack