Latest News March 2014

Just before Thanksgiving, I returned to the USA after spending nine months in Brazil as a Fulbright Scholar studying the El Sistema-inspired music education projects of that country.  I had an incredible experience, and you can read more about my it  on my blog .  During my last month in Brazil, I wrote a short orchestral piece for one of the programs I worked with,   Orquestrando a Vida , called No Interior do Rio de Janeiro ("In the Interior of Rio de Janeiro") as a gift for the wonderful experience they gave to me.  Because I met and befriended so many wonderful Brazilian flutists (and even started learning to play the flute myself), I'm also writing a new work about my time in Brazil dedicated to them for Flute and Strings (or Piano) called Um Ano no Brasil ("A Year in Brazil") with one movement for each of the cities I lived in.  I'm also working on an article to publish my findings and conclusions from my research. 

I am currently working on a new work for solo piano, commissioned by
  Christopher Janwong McKiggan  f or his Resonance of Hope project!  The work is based on a North Korean folk song called Sound of Cowbell and he will be recording the work for inclusion on his next album later this year.

On March 21, at 9:20am,
  Allison Adams , Assistant Professor of Saxophone at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, will be premiering my Rumination and Manifestation for Tenor Saxophone and Piano, which she commissioned, at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference at the University of Illinois!  She will be accompanied by Kevin Class on piano.

My viola and piano work For Sofia, written and premiered by my friend Sofia von Atzingen (see
  a video of the premiere in Brazil here ) has been selected through a 'call for scores' and will be performed next year by Lydia Tang, viola, and Christopher Ohanian, piano!  Details TBA.

In December, I played piano for the recording sessions of myThe Dove in the Ash Grove and Swansong for Cello and Piano with cellist 
Christine Thomas Tsen , who commissioned the two works.  They will be included on her upcoming CD in the near future.  

My Waltzing Dervish for Wind (powered) Ensemble will be performed next year by the
  Northeastern State (OK) University Wind Ensemble , led by Norman Wika!  Date and place is TBA.

I mentioned in my newsletter almost two years ago that my wife, Diane, and I would be moving shortly to England.  "Shortly" turned out to mean "in two years," but it is finally happening!  Diane will be working as a social worker in Somerset, UK, and we now have our work visas in hand and should be leaving in late April for a two-year stay!  We are excited for the adventures that await us. 
Thanks for reading, and keep in touch. Cheers! 


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13 Jan 2014
Keane Southard
The original 'Keane and the Cheezits' album When I was a kid, one of the things my younger siblings, my sister Vale and brother Lane, and I did for fun, especially on car trips, was to bring a little tape recorder and a blank cassette tape and...
24 Nov 2013
Keane Southard
Travelling the old Incan road in Cusco, Peru I had a few vacation days left to use from Fulbright, so I decided to take a trip for a couple days to visit a friend in Cusco, Peru, my first time outside of Brazil in South America, although my att...
16 Nov 2013
Keane Southard
The view outside my new apartment window in Rio I’m back in Rio de Janeiro now for my final month in Brazil.  Coming back to this city after 7 months, I now beginning to realize what an incredible city this is.  This is not to say anything bad...
2 Nov 2013
Keane Southard
Recorders rehearsing at Mandacaru Mandacaru neighborhood at night PRIMA currently works in several neighborhoods in João Pessoa, the largest city and capital of Paraíba, including Mandacaru, one of its most dangerous neighborhoods...
14 Oct 2013
Keane Southard
Joao Pessoa, where the sun rises first in the Americas  In 2012,  Alex Klein was invited to create and run PRIMA here in Paraiba, but his path to this work has been anything but direct and nothing short of remarkable.  Alex grew up in the city...
7 Oct 2013
Keane Southard
The PRIMA logo I got back into the swing of things this week with a bunch of trips.  On Monday, I tagged along with Alex Klein , the director of PRIMA , and his wife Catalina, who is the head of teacher training, and visited three different P...
29 Sep 2013
Keane Southard
View from downtown Joao Pessoa out to the countryside The past three weeks have been pretty disappointing in regards to my research, but otherwise they have been wonderful!  I was scheduled to visit 5 different PRIMA centers in the first week, ...
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Southard: Piano Sonata no 2
Southard: Homage to L. M. Gottschalk
Southard: Fantasy in B flat minor
Southard: Prelude No. 1 (Jazz) for Piano Solo
Southard: Prelude No. 2 (Drops) for Piano Solo
Southard: Prelude No. 3 (Homage to Nancarrow) for Piano solo
Southard: Prelude No. 4 (O Woozy Suzy!) for Piano solo
Southard: Prelude No. 5 (Precision) for Piano solo
Southard: Tidal Wave Rag for Piano solo
Southard: No-Name Rag for Piano solo
Rzewski: Down By the Riverside
Finzi: Eclogue for Piano and Strings in F major, Op. 10
Ives: Sonata for Piano no 2 "Concord, Mass 1840–60"
Gottschalk: Union, RO 269/Op. 48
Guarnieri: Valsa no 5
Guarnieri: Valsa no 9
Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras no 4 for Piano, A 264
Guarnieri: Dansa negra
Southard: Concerto for Solo Piano and Solo Organ
Southard: Blazonry for 8 Percussionists
Southard: And Death Shall Have No Dominion
Southard: Chorale for Brass Quintet
Southard: Variations on a Hymn (Beecher) for Organ
Southard: Duo for Clarinet and Cello
Southard: Duo for Violin and Piano
Southard: String Quartet no 1
Southard: In My Craft or Sullen Art
Southard: Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night
Southard: Music for the Film "Glava" (excerpt)
Southard: Piano Quintet 'New England'
Southard: Sonata no 1 for Violin and Piano
Southard: Quintette de Cuivres
Southard: Variazioni Semplici for Violin and Harp
Southard: Swansong for Cello and Piano
Southard: The Dove in the Ash Grove for Cello and Piano
Southard: Seven Short Studies for String Orchestra
Southard: Mini-Symphony for Chamber Orchestra
Southard: A Day of Sunshine for Chorus and Orchestra
Southard: Waltzing Dervish for Wind (powered) Ensemble
Southard: Do You Hear How Many You Are?
Southard: "Classical" Concerto for Piano and Chamber Orchestra
Southard: Do You Hear How Many You Are? for Concert Band
Southard: Carousel for Concert Band
Southard: Showers over Peaks and Vales for Orchestra
Gottschalk: Union, RO 269/Op. 48
Southard: Piano Sonata no 2
Finzi: Eclogue for Piano and Strings in F major, Op. 10
Ives: Sonata for Piano no 2 "Concord, Mass 1840–60"
Southard: Improvisation 1/31/10

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