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Carol Ragnarok 2020 | Week 2 recap

Carol Ragnarok 2020 | Week 2 recap

Carol Ragnarok Week 2 did not disappoint. Here's the recap in case you missed anything. The week began with me testing John with a Ralph Vaughan Williams Rhosymedre where the main melody was replaced with O Tannenbaum.John, seeing the rocky terrain, chose Bonetti's...

Carol Ragnarok 2020 Week 1 recap

Carol Ragnarok 2020 Week 1 recap

Each year in December an irresistable force meets and unmovable object to test their musical wits in a carol reinvention contest known as Carol Ragnarok. Basically, John Conahan and I fool around in our spare time. In case you missed any entries from week one, I've...

St. Paul’s Chamber Music and my Trombone Sonata

St. Paul’s Chamber Music and my Trombone Sonata

One of the great joys in my life that has happened because of Covid is the new video series that we've started at St. Paul's Episcopal KCMO. The most recent addition to this diverse series includes my Sonata for Trombone. Around ten years ago, I found myself playing...

Nicholas May plays Villa-Lobos and Beach

Nicholas May plays Villa-Lobos and Beach

One of the great pleasures that enforced isolation has brought to my life is a renewed focus on chamber music. We can do it at a safe social distance and there are only a few people involved. Sam Anderson, the music director at St. Paul's KCMO decided that we would...

Representative repertoire

Representative repertoire

I find it such a weird time in our culture. MMEA is being celebrated for branching out beyond the standard repertoire, and they rightly should be, but here are the things I don't understand. For all the people that are somehow just now discovering that there are other...

Steve Grives: Making Connections

Steve Grives: Making Connections

David von Kampen and I were guests on Steve Grives' pod to talk about Christmas songs. https://anchor.fm/steve-grives/episodes/Talking-About-Christmas-Music--with-David-von-Kampen-and-Kurt-Knecht-emkhir

Is all music supposed to be in the academy?

A friend passed along the recent New York Times article from Sept. 6, 2020 by Giovanni Russonello entitled, "Is Jazz Capable of Meeting This Moment?" In the article, they talk to historian Robin D.G. Kelley about teaching jazz in the University. He says, "They were...

Response to article

My friend Garrett sent me an article 17 months ago. I wrote a response and forgot about it. He just sent it to me in case I wanted to post it. I'm posting it. My friend Garrett recently sent me an article to get my thoughts. The article is arguing for a new level of...

Ancient world and lists

I will often listen to something while I'm eating breakfast. Lately, it's been the Lotus Sutra. On the same day that there was a list of names in the daily reading for morning prayer, I heard this passage from the sutra from the parable of the burning house: "40. The...