This is a short video I prepared when I had the very great honor of being nominated for the Buffalo Exchange Arts Award (which I then had the even greater honor of accepting). Having put it together, I realized it’s a nice summary of my musical life in Tucson since moving here in 2007. This includes live clips by Tim O’Grady, Hairless Cactus, AZPM, Krishna Bright, and Mystery Dave, with new footage shot by Shelly Black.
I was eliminated in the first round! Does it ease the pain to say that the piece that beat mine subsequently went on to cut a swath of despair and misery all the way to the finals before — at last! — being brought to justice by a piece that would surely have smoked mine up proper? No, it does not. But there was good music to be heard that night.
Graham Reynolds with the Friction String Quartet during sound check.
The winning piece was Hardcortet by Jonah Rapino, from Boston. Thrilling stuff, and an earlier recording of it is right here under the less punny title Action. The Friction String Quartet also chose a favorite of their own by Steven Snowden, an Austin composer I was very happy to discover through this concert. My other favorite of the night was Four Miniatures for String Quartet by Na’ama Tamir from Israel (terrible quality video of other good music here, and I wish I could find more of it).
EDIT – Here are more pictures, courtesy of Shelly Black:
The Friction String Quartet
Peter Stopschinski, Graham Reynolds, and David Lobel regulating the action.
Ultimately, however, the important thing is that I ate black-eyed peas. We also had fried plantains and the “Ultimate Veggie Sandwich” at Wosota African Cuisine, and somehow that makes everything okay.