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"The Only Composer that Matters"



* FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD 2022 - THOUGHT ROW
What a pleasure sitting down with Thought Row Podcast​ to talk about growing up, my career as a composer, producing immersive operas & the up-coming opera about Coco Chanel, No. 5 that premieres October 1st in Orlando. Take a listen if you get a chance
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* SATURDAY JULY 30TH - OPERA IN ORLANDO
Next up is my new opera No. 5 about fashion designer Coco Chanel. Tickets are on sale for our October 1st premiere at Timucua Arts Foundation as part of Hispanic Heritage Month. It stars soprano, Molly Ann Anderson as Chanel (young), Claire Hodge as Chanel (older), Jacob Pence (Boy Capel) and mezzo's Sarah Purser and Madison Marie McIntosh. It'll be exciting to see friends and the Orlando community!
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* AUGUST 24TH 2022 - FALL SEASON BB!
Summer is over! Time to ditch the heat and go to concerts! Looks like it’s a Texas 🤠 and Florida 🐊 fest for me this fall 🍁 with 3 different operas, a procession for Dia de Los Muertos and an audience interactive piece 🙌🏽. Ticket 🎫 links in my TOUR section or click on the photo!
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* THURSDAY AUGUST 9TH - LA MALINCHE
Summer vibes 🏜 in the desert 🌵 I'm so proud of everyone involved in the premiere of my newest immersive opera, La Malinche - Traitor | Savior. This short film 📽 gives you a behind the scenes peek into the process and production. Special thanks to the Albuquerque Museum for partnering with us.
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* AUGUST 5TH - IMMERSIVE AT THE HARN MUSEUM
Back on March 10, 2022 I had the pleasure of activating the Harn Museum of Art with one of my immersive operas for their Museum Nights program. It was my first time to Gainesville and I made so many new friends and hope to get back in the future 🥰
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* TUESDAY AUGUST 2ND - OPERA FILM SERIES LAUNCH
Looking to combine my love of 🎥 and opera 🗣I decided to start a new film series to showcase the different personalities of singers I get to work with. The 1️⃣ first film features Madison Marie McIntosh, mezzo-soprano who I’ve had the privilege of working with in both NYC 🌃 and ABQ 🌵
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* FRIDAY JULY 22ND 2022 - DAILY LOBO
Thx 🙏🏽 to the Daily Lobo for interviewing us about 𝘓𝘢 𝘔𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘩𝘦 - 𝘛𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘰𝘳 | 𝘚𝘢𝘷𝘪𝘰𝘳. Opening night was a smashing success 💫

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* WEDNESDAY JULY 20 - TRAITOR | SAVIOR
We are inching closer to the premiere of my opera La Malinche - Traitor | Savior. Today we marked, blocked and filmed at the Albuquerque Museum. This cast has really put in the work and it's going to be a treat for those that get to witness one of our two performances. We premiere the work this Thursday July 21st (6:30pm) & on Sunday (1pm). I'm feeling very blessed!!!
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* WEDNESDAY MAY 25TH 2022 - LA MALINCHE ABQ
I cannot wait for rehearsals this summer for the premiere of a new opera I was commissioned to write and direct for the Albuquerque Museum of Art about La Malinche. I'm working with an all-star cast featuring Lucianna Astorga (La Malinche), Madison Marie McIntosh (Hernan Cortes) and more! La Malinche: Traitor | Savior will premiere on July 21st (6:30pm) and a matinee will follow on July 24th (1pm). Both performances at the ABQ Museum are free and open to the public! Also today is my bday 💝
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* THURSDAY MAY 19TH - SPOKANE WA & QUEENS NY
I had a wonderful time in Austin premiering my 3rd symphony, Santa-Almada, at KMFA. It was a shared experience with so many friends, family and fans. Next up for me is a lot of composing and then off to Spokane for Operation Opera Festival and then to Queens NY to produce one of my immersive operas at the International Queens Children's Festival. For now I'll leave you with this new article that came out on me for Canvas Rebel.
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* THURSDAY APRIL 14TH - SYMPHONY #3 BDAY CONCERT
It is with great pleasure that I announce KMFA will present my 3rd symphony, Santa-Almada, on May 15th in Austin as part of their OFFBEAT Series. Inversion Ensemble will premiere Santa-Almada which is my most personal work to date (read more about it in the link). I'm excited to share this in the city I grew up in and with my Austin family. In addition, I'll be celebrating my birthday in tandem with this performance so you don't want to miss that, do you?! Tickets are now available!  
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* TUESDAY MARCH 8TH - 2022 SO FAR...
FL > NM > WA > Hitting up new markets in 2022 to premiere new operettas as well as my hometown Austin where I’ll premiere my 3rd symphony in May. Let’s go! 
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* MONDAY JANUARY 3RD - HAPPY NEW YEAR
I've been laying low since Orlando. Resting and reloading for 2022. Music has provided opportunities for me to travel and foster new friendships and for that I'm most thankful. Having my family join me in Orlando made this opera about my grandmother that much more special.
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* WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 24 2021 - SA REPORT ARTICLE
Thanks to Nicholas Frank for the thoughtful review and insight into my new album, Texas Skies. I chuckled when I read the first quote from my mom! She had adult things to consider but I had nowhere to be so I could let my mind drift as a 6 year old in the back of our Suburban and soak in the surrounding landscapes. It's a great read when you have the time. 
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* WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 17TH - AUSTIN CHRONICLE TEXAS SKIES
Thank you to the Austin Chronicle for the wonderful story on the making of Texas Skies, my new album written for two pianos and featuring pianist, Timo Andres. Texas Skies comes out this Friday November 19th on all streaming digital platforms!
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* TUESDAY NOVEMBER 2ND - 4-HARPSICHORD CONCERTO
It's time for the 'live' premiere of my 4-Harpsichord Concerto in San Antonio on Friday November 12th at the San Antonio Museum of Art!  SAMA filmed this comprehensive video on the making of my concerto. Check it out. RSVP at this LINK
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* SUNDAY OCTOBER 3RD - NEW YORK CITY
I'm really excited for my first concert in New York City in 15 years! Back then I was playing in a punk band at CBGB's & fast forward to 2021 as I present my immersive opera on Thursday Oct 28th at The High Line Nine gallery in Chelsea. RSVP FREE HERE
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* WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 6TH 2021 - BLACK NEON ROSE ON THE RADIO
This Saturday at 7pm Texas Public Radio is broadcasting, Black Neon Rose, my harpsichord concerto for 4-harpsichords, strings and choir. Tune in to KPAC 88.3 FM and KTXI 90.1 FM (in the hill country) or TPR.org
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* SATURDAY OCTOBER 2ND - 2 OPERAS IN ORLANDO!
Excited to be presenting two of my operas (Ribas-Dominicci & The War Bride) on December 10th at Timucua Arts Foundation. Tickets just went on sale! Starring Sarah Purser Bojorquez, Molly Ann Anderson, VoxOCCO, etc. Ticket link here - https://timucua.com/event/live-at-timucua-ribas-dominicci-the-war-bride-in-person/
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* FRIDAY OCTOBER 1ST - NEW FILM EXHIBITION AT FORSYTH
My new Bath film exhibition is coming to Forsyth Galleries this October to January in tandem with Jorge Villarreal's 'Sink Series'! Stop by College Station Texas to be amazed!
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* SATURDAY MAY 1ST - RIBAS-DOMINICCI
What a wonderful experience from start to finish. I'm proud of the entire cast and the production team at Texas Public Radio. Please enjoy the 'virtual' premiere of my newest chamber opera, Ribas-Dominicci, and let's hope for an in-person premiere of the full-length in the future!
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* WEDNESDAY APRIL 28TH - LISTEN TO RIBAS-DOMINICCI
Now you can listen to two excerpts from my new chamber opera, Ribas-Dominicci. Click on the image below and press the 'listen' button. You will hear the intro sung by Lee Farrar Bailey and the outro sung by Farrar Baliey & Kathleen Shelton. Special thanks to Barry Brake & Texas Public Radio for the continued support.
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* WEDNESDAY APRIL 28TH - SA EXPRESS NEWS 'RIBAS-DOMINICCI'
Thank you San Antonio Express News for interviewing the Ribas-Berrain family. Blanca pours her heart out in this story and it's such a wonderful and endearing read. Link on the link for the full story.

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* MONDAY JANUARY 4 2021 - REMEMBER THEIR NAMES
Excited to have my film, Remember Their Names, selected to screen at the "Life Screenings International One - Minute Film Festival. The screening is on Saturday January 9th at 4pm EST with a virtual Q/A to follow!  Remember Their Names is the 1st of 6 editions of an art piece for the BLM movement. These are 9 of 54 people that are passionate of the movement. These first 9 are in the San Antonio/Austin TX area. The next 9 will be from the Brooklyn/NYC area. 
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* FRIDAY OCTOBER 30TH - SIGHTLINES ALBUM REVIEW
Thanks to Josh Figeroa and Sightlines Magazine for the interview and review of my new chamber opera, Öcalan. Click on the image below to read the article. The article include music videos you can listen to and watch as well!  
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* THURSDAY OCTOBER 15TH - NEW OPERA RELEASED!
I'm excited to announce that my new opera, Öcalan, is now available worldwide on all digital platforms! Stream on SPOTIFY, download on APPLE MUSIC, BANDCAMP, etc etc etc! 
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 * WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 14TH - TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO
I always enjoy dropping in to talk with Texas Public Radio and Nathan Cone. Listen or read about our conversation on my new operetta, Öcalan

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* MONDAY OCTOBER 5TH - ÖCALAN PROMOTIONAL TRAILER
In 2 weeks my new opera album comes out on all digital platforms. I'm really excited about this new work that was recorded in Austin in March right before COVID shut down the world. Here is an insight...
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* THURSDAY OCTOBER 1ST - STÊRK TV
It's been a thrilling ride, promoting my new album, Öcalan, that comes out on October 15th. It's an honor to connect with activists and passionate supporters in the Kurdish struggle for freedom and autonomy. Click on the picture below to see my TV interview. And preview/pre-purchase the opera/album at nathanfelix.bandcamp.com
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* WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 23RD - OPERA WIRE
Excited to release my new chamber opera inspired by Kurdish Political Activist, Abdullah Öcalan. Pre-order music on Bandcamp - https://nathanfelix.bandcamp.com/album/calan
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* FRIDAY JUNE 17TH - AUSTIN CHRONICLE STORY
The Austin Chronicle interviewed me about my creative ventures during the pandemic. They highlight my transition to making experimental films, my new music surrounding social injustice and my background growing up in Austin. (click on image for full story)
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* FRIDAY JUNE 17TH - OPERA SINGERS TAILGATING
I'm extremely proud to release this video in conjunction with the Austin Chronicle's story on my experimental film series. Watch as two professional opera singers, Kathleen Shelton and Abigail Benke, take you on a journey through Cleburne Texas like you've never seen before. 
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* WEDNESDAY MAY 20TH - EXPERIMENTAL QUARANTINE FILM
I woke up and wanted to make more films, so I started filming what I do in quarantine. Why not right? Q1: Drinking Coffee / Q2: Shaving / Q3: Reading page 214 Kurt Vonnegut.  Click on video or visit YouTube.com/NathanFelixTV
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* TUESDAY MARCH 17TH - OPERATION LOCKDOWN
It's been an unprecedented time for everyone with cities and countries on lockdown.  There is so much uncertainty in my life and career as an artist.  As we all wait to see how all unfolds, time to reflect is abundant. For starters I'd like to share a teaser from my Alien operetta last fall.  This teaser was created by director, Deepak Chetty, in an effort to bring the performance to New York, Los Angeles and Europe, but those efforts are on hold.  I pray this piece and my public performances will see the light of day on the other side of the tunnel.  For now, I hope you'll enjoy.  And if you find it in your heart and have the means, any donations are welcome via Paypal button above or Venmo @NathanFelix.  All donations are appreciated as supplemental income while I wait out the storm.  
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* NOVEMBER 22ND - DAILY TEXAN
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*SATURDAY NOVEMBER 16 2019 - KMFA
You know why Austin is cool?  Because we have an amazing classical music station that loves to cover the vibrant local classical music community.  Yes there is NYC and L.A. and Chicagobut for a once sleepy town in the middle of big 'ole Texas?  I'm proud.  I couldn't imagine growing up in any other city.  
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* OCTOBER 18TH - [nothing]
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*  SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 15 2019 - FILM EXHIBITION
My first film exhibition will be on display for all of October at Damas Space in San Antonio. Here is a snap shot from the first shoot today.  It'll be experimental and you don't want to miss it!   
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* TUESDAY JUNE 18TH - THE MAKING OF...
It's short but I wanted to share a trailer I made for a mini-doc I'm stitching together from the process of diving head-first into composing, directing and producing my silent headphone opera, THE WAR BRIDE.  I hope you enjoy this sneak peak via the following trailer.  The full documentary should be ready in early 2020.  
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* TUESDAY MAY 28TH - BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
And that's a wrap!  What an amazing month in Orlando for Fringe festival.  I worked with an amazing team that sang so well for 14 performances of our immersive "silent" headphone musical! 
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* MONDAY MAY 20TH - ORLANDO WEEKLY REVIEW
"Best of all, Felix’s goosebump-raising score offers an eerie idea of what it might sound like if the composers of Les Miz wrote a musical version of The Exorcist." You can still see the "silent" musical Wed-Sun this week at Fringe!

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* WEDNESDAY MAY 1ST - GREAT DAY HOUSTON
So thankful that Great Day Houston had me on their show to talk about 6-Pianos in Surround Sound. Please come support and raise awareness by coming to our free event this Saturday May 4th at Sawyer Yards (1502 Sawyer St) at 7pm or by donating with this button.  All support goes towards the further restoration and delivery of the pianos. 
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*  WEDNESDAY MAY 1ST - DIY CLASSICAL MUSIC
This Saturday May 4th, 6-Pianos in Surround Sound is here at Sawyer Yards (1502 Sawyer St). 7PM.  It's free and open to the public and we'll have free wine, whiskey and beer.  Jesse Sendejas at the Houston Press interviewed me for this wonderful encapsulation of the heart and soul of the project.  Click on the photo for the entire story.

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* MARCH 13TH 2019 - TEXAS SKIES
Texas Skies is a composition written for 2 pianos and quadraphonic speaker set that I premiered in Denmark at SPOT Festival in May of 2018. The pianists featured are Tanja Zapolski and Rikke Sandberg as seen in this video. In order, the four movements are: West Texas, East Texas, The Panhandle, The Border. Texas Skies will be performed for the first time in Texas at Flight Gallery in San Antonio on Friday March 22nd!
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* JANUARY 12TH 2019 - KEEP COMPOSERS WEIRD
My residency for composers was featured on KMFA.  Check it out!!!
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* DECEMBER 4TH 2018 - MOTION CAPTURE
This was a very exciting project I had to keep under the wraps but now that the live premiere is out of the way, I wanted to share the video for a music collaboration I did up in Austin with the Motion Capture and Dance departments up in Austin at UT. It was my first time collaborating with both Mocap and dance and I'm really excited about the outcome. Check the video when you get a chance. Props to Deepak Chetty for the amazing directing and Dorothy O'Shea Overbay on the choreography. 
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* WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 7TH - TEXAS PUBLIC RADIO
AMAZING article from Texas Public Radio that perfectly encapsulates what I'm trying to accomplish not only with my headphone opera but in my music career as a whole.  Thanks to Nathan Cone for taking the time to interview me.  
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* SUNDAY OCTOBER 28TH - THE WAR BRIDE
I am thrilled the time has finally come to premiere my headphone opera titled, THE WAR BRIDE.  This is the story of my late grandmother, Jean Groundsell, who grew up as a poor teenage British girl living in Chichester when WWII broke out in England. Follow her brave journey as she boards the S.S. Saturnia and ventures to America in 1945. The concert is November 10th at Hemisfair Park during Luminaria Festival.  Two performances run at 7:30 and 8:30.  See map just below for exact location of THE WAR BRIDE in Hemisfair Park. 
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* WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 24TH - MUSIC IN THE PARK
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* WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 10TH - DENMARK & YACHTING & RENEGADE
OK, so I have to admit that I really dig that the Current called me a "Renegade" composer.  That just has a ring to it and I'd never give myself a nickname. I also really dig the way that the visual component for Yachting with the Kennedy's came out.  I mean those gold toilets look siiiick!  Here I am in Denmark hanging with such an amazing array of talented composers and feeling good about the immersive experience that came out of the performance last Saturday.  If you came, I hope you took something home with you.  And if you didn't...well...tough luck!  But you can read the Currents preview HERE.  And click on the photo below to see some of the action. After Denmark I have concerts coming up in Orlando and in San Antonio.  Here they are... (for addresses of performances go to my TOUR page

October 20: Immerse Festival in Orlando - new choral work titled Orlando Unite
October 27: Music in the Park in San Antonio - new works for percussion on bamboo, megaphone choir and more 6 sided keboard
November 10: Luminaria Festival in San Antonio - Premiere of my Headphone Opera
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* MONDAY MAY 21ST - ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
I had 3 intimate concerts at SPOT Festival in Denmark and what a great surprise to have journalist, David Fricke of Rolling Stone Magazine fame, pop into one of them.  I ran into David later at the festival and we had some good conversation about music.  While I know, modern classical music is not David's preferred choice of music, it was nice to hear him compliment the piece so eloquently. What he shared I'll save as private....
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* APRIL 30TH 2018 - MUSIC FOR DOG TOYS
Here is an audience participation piece using dog toys, magazines, pens and voice. I did with From Those Who Follow the Echoes at San Antonio Museum of Art last month. 
My fave part is around the 1:40 where a combination of the dog toys and whistling created such a reverberous sound!
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* WEDNESDAY APRIL 18TH - ADAGIETTO (NEW SINGLE)
I released my first new recording since my symphony, Neon Heaven in 2016.  This is a new single called Adagietto.  It's sung in Italian by Candice Jackson.  Adagietto will eventually be for full symphony and choir for my 3rd symphony. I just need to find the money to record this new symphony but this give you an idea.  Here is the video shot at Cacophony Recorders in Austin, TX.  If you'd like to purchase the track it's on iTunes & for streaming on Spotify.  
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* WEDNESDAY APRIL 18TH - OPERA PREVIEW
Edmond Ortiz interviewed me on a new work I'll be premiering at Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival in November thanks to the Artist Foundation of San Antonio. I'm just getting started in the writing & logistical processes. Should be a wild ride. 

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* MONDAY OCTOBER 29TH 2017 - MELBOURNE 6 PIANOS
What a whirlwind!  A day after my bus-opera I jumped on a plane to Australia, for two concerts for my 6-Piano Project.  I haven't seen an ounce of Melbourne because it's been so crazy with set up and rehearsals!  But alas, they are complete and they were wildly successful.  Time for a few days of relaxation.  Here are a few photos and a short video and then a few videos from the past for reference on the beginning of the 6-Piano Project that has now spanned 3 different countries and 4 different cities (Austin, Barcelona, San Antonio, Melbourne)...

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* MONDAY OCTOBER 23RD - OPERA ON A BUS REVIEW
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* TUESDAY OCTOBER 17TH - DIY COMPOSER PRESENTS OPERA ON A BUS
Thanks to James Courtney at the San Antonio Current for the write up today! Please take a gander if you have a few moments. It's been quite a process organizing it all and it wouldn't be possible with the dedication from all the singers and contributors in the choir this entire year. 
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SUMMER 2014 (Blog Post 1)

* IN THE BEGINNING...
A teacher once told me that if you you are thinking something during class, chances are that many others are thinking the same thing. Well I can't really seem to find a composer that thinks the same way as I am thinking.

I read on every damn composer's site that they are an "award winning" composer and paint this picture of success. Then you listen to what they are doing and...

Well I've never won an award for anything besides a creative writing contest in high school that my journalism teacher entered me in, without telling me. I threw away the award..

And don't get me wrong, I've definitely experienced some amazing things in life because of music so it really paid off to learn a few instruments instruments! Although now people tell me that I have certain successes because of my personality? WTF! I guess I have my moments, because I certainly love people and I love listening to stories. I think I have my moments where I really connect with people because I'm also certain there is a list of people that would say my personality does not attract people but more-so turns them off.

Back to music...so eventually I learned that any ole' Joe can pick up a guitar. That's why I hated playing guitar once I was in college. I needed a new fix. I hit the road touring the U.S. with my brother and best friends in a tribute to the D.I.Y touring culture of the 80's. This was a blast and I highly recommend this to anyone coming out of college. Why get a job when you can travel, play music, get in trouble, have adventures, and see all the unique pockets our country has to offer. After 3 or so years o this I started growing and transitioning into a cinematic sound and outgrew our little punk band. I started a large orchestra based band and eventually started composing for film and now symphony orchestra. It took around 8 years to make that transition and even now I'm facing new challenges. The challenge of academia. Maybe I'm too amateur? But it's comparable to being in the twilight zone or in a bar of "independent" minded people all wearing the same black outfits. I mean, every composer I meet that has gone through the academic route in learning composition thinks, acts, and sounds the same. They have to know this right? I even hear the same with film composing in that the music or sounds composers use as they sound obviously sampled and will eventually sound dated.

Maybe everyone has it figured out but I don't. I'm still on the journey but maybe one day I can look back and truly answer that question. I hope with this blog that someone else out there can benefit from what I have to say. Although I'm not really sure what I have to say. But who cares. It's the wild wild west out there and the world keeps spinning. Someone else might have the deal or the money or the popularity but if you read between the lines I just described Milli Vanilli, Backstreet Boys, David Cassidy, etc! Make the music and do everything yourself...

I'll rant here and there to keep things spicy. I tend to stick my foot in mouth but sometimes I'll also try to be politically correct just in case I decide to run for president one day. Don't expect perfect punctuation but de expect a ton of run-ons! I'm about producing and less about waiting until something is perfect. That's why my family calls me the rabbit. Oh, and I meant what I said about loving stories! So if you actually scroll this far and want to tell me your story, please do! I would love to hear from you...
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