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Jeez, that's a big piece. Massive chords. I remember a student learning that piece for an audition for the Conservatorium of Music here in Queensland. It was far too ambitious, and he didn't get into the program, probably because of that. So many players over-reach in the classical world, and attempt pieces that are way beyond their reach. I would say that the adjudicators would have wanted to see something far simpler.
Hope it's going well with the piece anyway.
but when he's good, he's great!
Here's the news from Michael himself :
I'm finishing Vidia Wesenlund's CD, it's "night music" from Scandanavia, sung in Norwegean and Swedish. This is a project I inherited about a year ago that I've re-worked extensively... it's quite haunting and beautiful. Lots of Michael Stearns music and production. Six pieces are finished and the last three are being mixed now.
I'll probably be traveling to Scandanavia with Vidia again this summer to talk with record labels there about distribution.
I'm in the middle of the Maya Skies soundtrack. It will not be elivered 'till next year, but I'm working a lot on it now.
This project is both a planetarium show and an OMNIMAX film, and it's all about the Maya calendar and people. As you probably know, the Maya "long count" comes to an end in December of 2012, and there's a lot of speculation about what that could mean for humanity. I'm
working in many modes on this project, one of which is microtonal, working in both 20 and 13 tone systems.
Last November I traveled to Yucatan and Chiapas in Mexico to record Maya ceremonial music which I will weave into the soundtrack with my own music.
Nature's Journey was released last September on both standard and Blue Ray DVD. This soundtrack is entirely my music.
The Baraka remix is now complete and the new Baraka standard DVD and Blue Ray DVD will be released in September. Both contain dts 96/24 5.1 soundtracks, as well as extra material that includes a "making of" documentary.
The crew from Baraka is now out in the world shooting the sequel "Samsara".
Ron Fricke is directing again and Mark Magidson producing. They are currently shooting in Africa. I will start this score next year, working again with Lisa Gerard of Dead Can Dance.
So, a lot happening here at the moment. I'm not sure when I will release another solo CD. One thought is to create a CD of themes from 'soundtracks', since I've recorded so many lately that have
only been released on DVD. Vidia and I really enjoy working together, so we'll be doing a CD as a colaboration soon.
In the studio, I'm now working with the new Roland V Synth GT, Korg M3 and the amazing Roland VG-99 guitar synthesizer... they are all fantastic.
Hope you are well. Give my regards to everyone over there!