Archive for May, 2013

Ok, ok, ok.  So, I’ve settled on the subject of my percussion concerto, Sakanouye No Tamuramaro : Concerto for Percussion and Blown Instruments.  Hmnnn………this guy was Japan’s 2nd shogun, and a highly revered general; not to mention that he’s supposedly the founder of the Kiyomizu-dera temple in Kyoto.  There’s a lot of lore and legend surrounding this guy, which is another reason why I chose him as my subject; the first reason is that I love history.  There are several open-ended accounts of his life, background, etc…, that drew my attention.

Although the subject matter deals with Japanese history, the music, for double wind quintet and solo percussion, is of a different character.  However, I do intend to include moments that suggest his ethnic identity; I just don’t want to keep it in that zone.

I’ve got all of my motivic ideas laid out, and I made some changes.  Originally, I included a steel pan in the set-up; convinced that it would work.  And, it could………BUT, I’d like to have several performances of this with the same instrumentation each time.  So, I made the necessary amendments.  Plus, this is a great challenge for me!  I enjoy writing for orchestra so much, that having to condense my ideas down is what I need for composing a work such as this.

My workload now consists of me inputting the first notes from my hand-written sketches into Sibelius.  I’m also writing a piano reduction of my bass concerto, Inescapable.  I haven’t had any time to organize my drafts of Symphony No. 2, and I’m still in the middle of Symphony No. 3.  Hopefully a residency with an orchestra or a handsome commission will come along to further those efforts.  But for now,  my earthly air-sharers, I’m back to the lab.  More updates coming……..

K!

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Show #24 – Interview with Kerwin Young – Parts 1 & 2   

  1. (click here to stream part 1)
  2. (Click here to stream part 2)

April 19th, 2013, my birthday; the day after Public Enemy was inducted into the hallowed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ron Maskell interviewed me at the JW Marriott (L.A. Live) Hotel.  Get up close with my life as a producer/composer, and overall kool dude from the hood.  Hear some of my many stories.

The Midwest Chamber Ensemble and Greg Haynes (percussion) will be premiering my Percussion Concerto in November.  I’m in the process of working out my thematic material; planning, etc….  I’ll post more about this as the work progresses.

Also in the works is a piano reduction of my recent bass concerto.

Other news:

1. I’m seeking major orchestras to program my Symphony No. 1 (Empire of Kasuf), which is for children’s choir and orchestra.

2. I’m looking for a choir to perform my short, but sweet chorale work, “If Not the Sun”, with original text written by yours truly.

3.  I can sure use an agent, and some exposure as an orchestrator or composer on a major motion picture.

For what’s it’s worth, I think I deserve it.  More to come……….you can bet on that!!!

UMKC Student compositions performed by the Kansas City Symphony

On April 8, 2013 the Kansas City Symphony performed compositions written by students from UMKC’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. This is a wonderful opportunity for both the students as well as the musicians to play new works!

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance student Tyler Capp with Assistant Conductor Aram Demjianand the Kansas City Symphony performing “Clang Redux.”

From left: Kerwin Young, Tyler Capp, Nicholas Omiccioli and Jiang Yu.

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance student Tyler Capp working with Kansas City Symphony on his piece, “Clang Redux.”

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance student Jiang Yu with Assistant Conductor Aram Demirjian and the Kansas City Symphony for her piece, “Dawn of Spring.”

From left: Kerwin Young and Jiang Yu from UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance.

From left: Kerwin Young, Jiang Yu and Nicholas Omiccioli.

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance composition student Tyler Capp chatting with Principal Trombonist Roger Oyster.

From left: Tyler Capp, Nicholas Omiccioli, Kerwin Young and Jiang Yu.

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance composition student Kerwin Young listening to his piece, Symphony No. 3 “Captain Paul Cuffe and the Traveller” with Jiang Yu and Tyler Capp.

Kerwin Young and Jiang Yu.

Assistant Conductor Aram Demirjian with composition student Kerwin Young.

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance composition student Kerwin Young.

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance composition student Nicholas Omiccioli with Assistant Conductor Aram Demirjian and the Kansas City Symphony performing Omiccioli’s “Flourishes” for Chamber Orchestra.

UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance composition student Nicholas Omiccioli listening to the Kansas City Symphony under the direction of Assistant Conductor Aram Demirjian.

Principal Bassist Jeffrey Kail and UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance composition student Kerwin Young.