The concert is presented by Culture Lab LIC at the Plaxall Gallery. It will be outdoors, weather permitting, but will move inside if necessary (in which case audience members must show proof of vaccination). I’ll play a few solo tunes with banjo and electronics and will join Miolina for trio arrangements of some of my original works.
We nailed down the big picture outlines of a new work for violin duo and live electronics. In fact, we pulled it into shape enough to present it on an informal concert for other residency artists.
We also arranged five of my original tunes for violin duo and banjo.
It was great to meet the other residents: Palaver Strings, Hint of Lime Brass, the Johnston brothers guitar duo and others. Also fun to walk the grounds (so many mushrooms!) and to try tomato wine from a local vineyard.
Fanfare Magazine published a review of the Amernet String Quartet’s recording Alabama String Quartets that includes my composition Follows from Hummingbird. The reviewer states:
For anyone looking for new string quartet repertoire, this album is a gold mine.
What’s surprising here is how few of the works sound clichéd; a good number of composers have their “own” voice.
and also mentions
…the huge swooping portamentos (hummingbirds?) in Hopson’s piece [Follows From Hummingbird] that go on and on for nine bloody minutes (I nicknamed it “Howling Cats”)…
Nine bloody minutes of howling cats, indeed. This quote has promptly found a place of pride in my press kit!
Parma Recordings presents the Madison New Music Ensemble directed by Joseph Koykkar in a live-streamed online concert of contemporary music that will also feature cellist Craig Hultgren performing my piece Snakeskin (Verso) for cello and live electronics.
Friday July 23 9pm EDT
Watch on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za3D7M0zHy0
Other composers include John Adams, Joseph Koykkar, Kirstin Volness and Frank Zappa.