4Q 2016

Posted: September 28, 2016 in Composing Insights, Press

Entering into the 4th Quarter 2016 presents orchestral recording sessions with the launch of the Atlanta Scoring Group. I’ve been honored as the copyist and orchestrator for Origin-Creative and the ASG. The ASG is the first orchestra in the southeast United States, dedicated to recording for major motion pictures, television, and AAA video games.


As the NBA season is about to begin, expect the release of the Spencer Haywood documentary and soundtrack album! Gonna be awesome! I’ve had the honor of composing an original song for the film, with Chuck D and Spencer Haywood. I’ve produced a handful of songs on the album as well.


Symphony No. 5 has been put on hold while I grapple with the completion of the new violin suite for Tami Lee Hughes. Entitled, Songbirds: Suite for Violin and Piano, the work celebrates five iconic, African-American women. In five movements, each movement is dedicated to one of these women: Bessie Smith, Ella Fitzgerald, Leontyne Price, Mahalia Jackson, and Missy Elliott. Funded by the Sphinx Organization, through its Sphinx MPower Artist Grant, the work summarizes over one hundred years of music, exploring various genres as the blues, sacred blues (better known as gospel), jazz, opera, and rap.

Having completed one full draft, I’m now re-working the suite so the violinist will have ample time to learn the work. Concert premieres are already being lined up for the 2017-18 season.

Once the work has been completed, I plan on orchestrating a version for orchestra and solo violin.


I’ve recently composed an art piece for orchestra, called What I Think of Academia. It’s performance is meant to be played for 50 minutes. It’s a satirical work reflecting my disgust for what has been termed contemporary music.


Also, in November, the USC Aiken Wind Ensemble (Hayes Bunch) will premiere the wind band version of The Nebraska Plains. The original version was composed for brass quintet in 2011, and it recently received its Chicago premiere this February, by the Fulcrum Brass Quintet. Two performances of any work are great!


That’s about it for now…until next time!






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