Latest News July 2014


In May, my  Do You Hear How Many You Are? for choir  won first prize in the  Warren County Summer Music School 's Promising Young Composer's Competition 2014!  The work was performed at the school on June 26th.

I've received my copies of  Christine Thomas Tsen 's new CD  Cello Ornithology  which features two new works of mine,  The Dove in the Ash Grove  and  Swansong , both for Cello and Piano.  I recorded them with her in December, and while it is not quite available for purchase yet, you can  listen to excerpts of my two pieces here , they sound great!

I finished a new solo piano work, commissioned by  Christopher Janwong McKiggan  for his  Resonance of Hope  project, called  Sound of Cowbell,  a rhapsody on a North Korean folk song.  I'm very looking forward to hearing his recording of the work to be released on his next album! 

On May 18th, my  Prelude No. 9 (Guante-ango)  for piano was premiered in New York City by pianist  Yumi Suehiro  as part of Vox Novus's "Fifteen Minutes of Fame" project.  The piece is a tango that requires the use of a glove on the right hand (my second such work, after my  Prelude No 3 (Homage to Nancarrow) Take a look at the video of the performance  here  (it is less than a minute long.) 

On August 3rd, the  Awesome Orchestra Collective , a group that gets together just to read through orchestral works, is going to read my  No Interior do Rio de Janeiro  ("In the Interior of Rio de Janeiro") for orchestra, a short piece I wrote in Brazil as a gift for my friends at  Orquestrando a Vida .  The session will take place in Berkeley, CA, and I won't be able to attend, they will send me a recording which I'll be glad to share!

I'm currently working on a wind ensemble arrangement of  Frederic Rzewski 's "Down By the Riverside" for solo piano, an amazing piece based on the gospel/protest song of the same name (and a piece  that I have performed  in the past.)  The arrangement is being commissioned by a consortium of wind ensembles which includes the  Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Wind Ensemble , the  University of Central Missouri Wind Ensemble , and others!
 
Thanks for reading, and keep in touch.

-Keane

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Radio

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
Southard: No Interior do Rio de Janeiro 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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