3Q2016

Posted: June 30, 2016 in Composing Insights, Press, Studio Buzz

Commissions

As the third quarter 2016 begins, work as a copyist with Origin has been pretty amazing. The constant work assignments keep my transcribing chops up, as well as my DAW to notational software acumen. Composing for major motion pictures, television, and video games couldn’t be any sweeter than this. I’m thankful to finally have some level of constant activity in the industry. “Big ting a come“, but that will be a surprise!

Thanks to the Sphinx Organization’s Mpower Artist Grant, Tami Lee Hughes (violin) has commissioned me to compose a violin suite honoring five (5) iconic women. I’ve begun my usual research process; studying and the like, which for me, constitutes the composing process. July and August will find me particularly busy at composing.

 

Business

I’ve also been quite busy soliciting my orchestral works to several orchestras. Below is a diplomatic approach to stating the problem and solution to achieving this goal, I think. Well, at least for me. Orchestras are pretty set in their ways, and one has to be a “pain in the ass” to really get their attention; regardless of one’s demographic. In that process, I’ve written this:

I love composing for orchestra!
My music is tonal and melodic!
I do not create soundscapes of bleeps and blurps that are forgotten,
and/or complained about by patrons and supporters.
For me, the orchestra is like an old wheel with no intentions of integrating new parts.
Can we work together to tweak this?
I’ve spent the past 16 years seeking to have a relationship with a professional orchestra,
but she’s not budging at all.
She teases me with encouragement, but no commitment to any sort of relationship.
Orchestra, how can we go on a date? How can we develop a relationship?
Let’s cut to the chase, “Orchestra, Will You Marry Me?”
Is there one orchestra interested in this composer? Hmnnnn…
Perhaps this can be the premise for a commissioned work?

Albums / Concerts

Spaceship Chronicles (album cover)

Kasuf and the Mazz Muvement released its 7th album, Spaceship Chronicles. It’s been doing exceptionally well, receiving great reviews internationally. This will be the last Kasuf and the Mazz Muvement studio album. I will be releasing a Kasuf and the Mazz Muvement Greatest Hits album for the 1Q2017.

I’ve recently posted videos for the last two concert premieres; Cry of the Queenless King, and Cellét.


 

 

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UMKC student’s unique past as music producer

Posted on: 6:05 pm, April 24, 2013, by

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A University of Missouri – Kansas City music conservatory student has something on his resume that most students don’t — he was a producer for a hip hop group that is now in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.Kerwin Young just got back from Los Angeles. where he celebrated with his old friends, Public Enemy. Young was just 17 years old when he hooked up with the Bomb Squad, the production team behind Public Enemy. You might remember Public Enemy was known for it’s hard hitting lyrics and controversial topics, and Young says it was thrilling to be apart of it.“Having participated in the success of this group, it’s a once in a lifetime thing,” says Young.

Young celebrated with Chuck D, Flava Flav and the rest of the group in L.A. last week.

“A lot of people I haven’t seen in a long time,” he said, “great experience and the performances were phenomenal.”

Young was part of the Bomb Squad, the production team behind Public Enemy and multiple solo albums, but that isn’t Young’s sound anymore. Nowadays, he’s writing symphonies and concertos, and he says it’s not that different from what he did for Public Enemy.

“I’ve been applying the same technique of instrumentation, stacking sounds, the same process,” he said, “but instead of programming it I was able to transfer the process to live instruments. But I had to learn how to write for instruments and the ranges of instruments.”

Young first came to UMKC in 2008 to study with musician Chen Yi, and he was only going to stay a couple months. But he stayed, graduated, and is now getting his masters degree. But his background with Public Enemy does come out in his new music.

“I like dissonance, Public Enemy’s music is noisy and irritant, and i have a lot of that in my music,” he said.

Young has also produced some music for movies and tv, Sister Act 2 and Street Fighter, but he hopes his degree will open new doors for him to score movies. He plans to graduate with his masters by 2015.

Official Kerwin Young Website: http://www.kerwinyoung.com/