Thoughts, reflections, and obsessions of a composer of contemporary classical music who is also a karate practitioner and for whom the two are closely related.

May 24, 2019

Here's a short interview of me on the PARMA Recordings blog, to accompany the release of the album In Tandem, containing Blue Plea.

October 14, 2018

When I was a kid in Montreal, my folks took me to many classical recitals at Place des Arts. The pianists wore tails - tuxedos with tails, the tail being that bit of cloth hanging down to mid-t...

May 15, 2018

I haven't yet listened to Lyoto Machida's post-fight interview, but I did see a video clip of his front kick knockout of Vitor Belfort on Saturday, May 12.

So I don't know if this is what Machid...

May 14, 2018

The Moto Bello album by Trio Casals has been released! It is a 2-disc set and features works by 10 contemporary composers, including my Lines, Hockets, and Riffs.  You can purchase it at...

March 21, 2018

Works by Diane Jones, Beth Mehocic, David N. Stewart, Sidney Bailin, L Peter Deutsch, Giovanni Piacentini, Adrienne Albert, Clive Muncaster, Joanne D. Carey, Bruce Babcock

Performed by...

February 9, 2018

I spent the morning of February 7 at the Oktaven Studio in Mt. Vernon, NY, working with bass clarinetist Sauro Berti, PARMA Recordings session producer John Page and Oktaven engineer (and fello...

December 14, 2017

I've been asked whether I might like to add a saxophone part to Blue Plea so that Saulo Berti and Mario Ciaccio can perform it as a duo. I had actually started to do this earlier, but it wasn't...

November 27, 2017

A compilation album by bass clarinetist Sauro Berti and saxophonist Mario Ciaccio will include my recently completed work, Blue Plea, for solo bass clarinet. The album will be released under an...

September 2, 2017

Only with reluctance dare I disagree with the likes of George Foreman, Mike TysonShane Mosely, and Holly Holm about a boxing match. They know a lot more about the discipline than I do. But I...

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