Dosia McKay

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Can you guess what’s next for me? I have to study my own music for the upcoming studio recording with NeoQuartet. In the folder containing all the scores and parts, I will analyze all articulations, textures, tempos, and dynamics so I can be prepared to knowledgeably answer the questions and the suggestions of the players.I also need to mark all natural cut points in the scores so I can produce the recording session smoothly and efficiently. The Muse demands thorough preparation and a well-organized toolbox.http://www.dosiamckay.com/stringquartet.shtml

Can you guess what’s next for me? I have to study my own music for the upcoming studio recording with NeoQuartet. In the folder containing all the scores and parts, I will analyze all articulations, textures, tempos, and dynamics so I can be prepared to knowledgeably answer the questions and the suggestions of the players.

I also need to mark all natural cut points in the scores so I can produce the recording session smoothly and efficiently. The Muse demands thorough preparation and a well-organized toolbox.

http://www.dosiamckay.com/stringquartet.shtml

— 2 months ago
#composition  #composer  #String Quartet  #Violin  #Viola  #Cello  #classical music  #contemporary music  #new music  #studio  #recording  #album 
Here is the formal design of Glossolalia – my new piece for string quartet I will be recording in Poland next month with NeoQuartet. It’s an adventurous and an unusual piece for me because of the concept, the textures, and the binary design (I tend to gravitate toward the odd number of segments and climaxes and this piece has two).
Glossolalia, or speaking in tongues, is a spiritual practice and a worship expression found in some streams of the Christian church, as well as in certain non-Christian religions. Glossolalia does not function only as a spoken word, but also in the context of music. Certain congregations practice glossolalia in group worship where the congregants join together in an improvisatory cascade of individual melodies which instinctively gravitate toward embellishments of a common chord (usually major). This practice sometimes leads to a spiritual trance and ecstasy.
http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/glossolalia.shtml
http://www.dosiamckay.com/stringquartet.shtml

Here is the formal design of Glossolalia – my new piece for string quartet I will be recording in Poland next month with NeoQuartet. It’s an adventurous and an unusual piece for me because of the concept, the textures, and the binary design (I tend to gravitate toward the odd number of segments and climaxes and this piece has two).

Glossolalia, or speaking in tongues, is a spiritual practice and a worship expression found in some streams of the Christian church, as well as in certain non-Christian religions. Glossolalia does not function only as a spoken word, but also in the context of music. Certain congregations practice glossolalia in group worship where the congregants join together in an improvisatory cascade of individual melodies which instinctively gravitate toward embellishments of a common chord (usually major). This practice sometimes leads to a spiritual trance and ecstasy.

http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/glossolalia.shtml

http://www.dosiamckay.com/stringquartet.shtml

— 2 months ago with 1 note
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Life, death, ecstasy, discarding two weeks worth of work, and starting over – I talk about it all. I’m taking you behind the scenes of composing my new string quartet entitled “Glossolalia” which I will be recording with NeoQuartet next month as a part of my upcoming album.

Watch Part 1 here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXl2cY…

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— 3 months ago
#Composition  #Composer  #New Music  #Classical Music  #Contemporary Music  #String Quartet  #Violin  #Viola  #Cello  #Inspiration  #Glossolalia  #Meditation  #Trance  #Spirituality  #Album  #Recording  #Poland  #Ecstasy 

Cantabile, one of the tracks I will be recording this winter with NeoQuartet for my upcoming album, is a slow movement from the Three Monologues for String Quartet. I composed the “Monologues” imagining theatrical auditions during which actors are required to recite short monologues showcasing their abilities to portray contrasting emotions at the drop of a hat. While the outer movements are dissonant and aggressive, Cantabile is tender and hesitant. What do you think the imaginary actor is speaking about?

This particular recording comes from a reading session by the S.E.M. Ensemble’s string quartet: Pauline Kim Harris, violin, Lynn Bechtold, violin, David Gold, viola, Brian Snow, cello, in Brooklyn, NY on February 15, 2012.

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— 3 months ago with 2 notes
#Album  #Actor  #Monologue  #Audition  #Music  #New Music  #Composition  #Composer  #Classicla Music  #String Quartet  #Violin  #Viola  #Cello  #Modern Music  #Contemporary Music  #Art  #Dosia McKay 
NeoQuartet in rehearsal. I am composing a new work for them to be recorded next month in Poland as a part of my new album.
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In this photo: Karolina Piątkowska-Nowicka, violin, and Krzysztof Pawłowski, cello, photo by Michał Patroń

NeoQuartet in rehearsal. I am composing a new work for them to be recorded next month in Poland as a part of my new album.

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In this photo: Karolina Piątkowska-Nowicka, violin, and Krzysztof Pawłowski, cello, photo by Michał Patroń

— 3 months ago
#New Music  #Classical Music  #Modern Music  #Contemporary Music  #Composer  #Composition  #String Quartet  #Violin  #Viola  #Cello  #Recording  #Album  #Poland  #Music 

Unscripted look behind the scenes - the very early stages of composing a new string quartet and some of my scattered thoughts. 

— 3 months ago with 1 note
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I chat with Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben about “Parting”, a new piece I recently wrote for him. We discuss the challenges of composition, notation, interpretation, and performance on a period instrument.

Here is the link to Will’s performance:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6lgO_kWGzo

Score for lute or guitar:
http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/parting.shtml

— 4 months ago
#Lute  #Baroque  #New Music  #Contemporary Music  #Baroque Lute  #Renaissance  #Period Instrument  #Composition  #Tablature  #Music Notation  #Music Interpretation  #Music  #Composer  #Guitar 
I am so very excited that I will be recording my new album with NeoQuartet. I just bought my plane ticket to Poland for February. I am not worried about the music or the technical aspects of recording. I am, however, questioning my sanity for planning this project for the winter! Look at the promo photo of the Quartet: winter boots, scarves, a hat. First order of business, I am getting several pair of long johns.
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Photo by Katarzyna Bartoszewicz

I am so very excited that I will be recording my new album with NeoQuartet. I just bought my plane ticket to Poland for February. I am not worried about the music or the technical aspects of recording. I am, however, questioning my sanity for planning this project for the winter! Look at the promo photo of the Quartet: winter boots, scarves, a hat. First order of business, I am getting several pair of long johns.

http://en.neoquartet.pl/home/

Photo by Katarzyna Bartoszewicz

— 4 months ago
#String Quartet  #Recording  #New Music  #Contemporary Music  #Modern Music  #Classical Music  #Violin  #Viola  #Cello  #Poland  #Gdańsk  #Album  #Winter 

I composed “Parting” for Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben in the summer of 2013. At that time it seemed that everywhere I turned, I saw relationships falling apart and close and distant friends going through breakups. I wanted to write a reflective piece expressing the sense of being pulled back and forth, the feeling of loss and uncertainty, with the final release and acceptance. 
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— 4 months ago with 1 note
#Lute  #Baroque Lute  #Renaissance  #Music  #New Music  #Composer  #Composition  #Classical Music  #Love  #Breakup  #Relationships  #Sad  #Contemporary Music  #Modern Music  #Guitar 
I am very excited to announce that I am set to record a new album with a superb ensemble from Poland. NeoQuartet will record my music for strings this winter with a planned release for the spring or early summer.
http://en.neoquartet.pl/home/
Photo by Katarzyna Bartoszewicz

I am very excited to announce that I am set to record a new album with a superb ensemble from Poland. NeoQuartet will record my music for strings this winter with a planned release for the spring or early summer.

http://en.neoquartet.pl/home/

Photo by Katarzyna Bartoszewicz

— 4 months ago with 1 note
#String Quartet  #Violin  #Viola  #Cello  #Music  #New Music  #Album  #Recording  #Composer  #Composition  #Contemporary Music  #Poland  #Gdańsk 
I am working on a music video featuring the new piece I composed for Will Tocaben and his Baroque Lute. No, I didn’t ask him to sit on the floor during the shoot. This is post-taping basking in the glow, as most of the candles were scattered all around the floor.

I am working on a music video featuring the new piece I composed for Will Tocaben and his Baroque Lute. No, I didn’t ask him to sit on the floor during the shoot. This is post-taping basking in the glow, as most of the candles were scattered all around the floor.

— 4 months ago
#Lute  #Baroque  #Renaissance  #Guitar  #Strings  #Composer  #Music  #New Music  #Music Video  #Video  #Candlelight  #Composition  #Classical Music  #Contemporary Music 
I hope this is a familiar face and instrument to many of you. I am getting ready for a video shoot with Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben in a few days. We will record a piece I wrote for him several months ago. I have to come up with an eye catching set to highlight this unique instrument. No candle will be spared for beautiful soft lighting. Stay tuned for the premiere of the new piece in the upcoming weeks.

I hope this is a familiar face and instrument to many of you. I am getting ready for a video shoot with Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben in a few days. We will record a piece I wrote for him several months ago. I have to come up with an eye catching set to highlight this unique instrument. No candle will be spared for beautiful soft lighting. Stay tuned for the premiere of the new piece in the upcoming weeks.

— 4 months ago
#Lute  #Baroque  #Renaissance  #Music  #New Music  #Contemporary Music  #Classical Music  #Music Composition  #Composer  #Music Performance  #Guitar  #Strings 

Mereise Ine Me – enjoy the latest piece I wrote for electronically enhanced voice and a bass instrument. If I get a request from an interested choir, I would like to arrange it for them. Please tell me what you hear and see while listening to the music and be sure to share with friends.

©2013 Dosia McKay / Gavia Music (ASCAP). www.dosiamckay.com.

— 5 months ago
#Music  #Classical  #Meditation  #Soundscape  #Vocal  #Voice  #Choir  #Choral  #New Age  #Experimental  #Postclassical  #Healing 

City Lights - my latest soundscape track. Free download for a limited time. Please share with friends. I am very curious what images come to your mind when you listen to the music.

— 5 months ago with 3 notes
#electronic music  #Music  #Ambient  #New Age  #Soundscape  #Instrumental  #Meditation  #Healing  #Synth  #Electronica  #Soundtrack  #Download  #New Music  #Sound Design 
I have decided to release a handful of my scores to public circulation. Follow this link to find a couple of my piano pieces, a string quartet, and a brass quintet: http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:McKay,_DosiaThe rest of my music can be found on my website: http://www.dosiamckay.com/music.shtmlFeel free to share with friends.

I have decided to release a handful of my scores to public circulation. Follow this link to find a couple of my piano pieces, a string quartet, and a brass quintet: http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:McKay,_Dosia

The rest of my music can be found on my website: http://www.dosiamckay.com/music.shtml
Feel free to share with friends.

— 5 months ago with 1 note
#Music  #Composer  #Sheet Music  #Piano  #violin  #viola  #cello  #strings  #classical music  #Contemporary music  #download music  #free music download