February 21, 2015
Artwork “Geometropolis” 2007 by Jon Brenner.
January 25, 2015
Painting by Sibyl Allenson “Life, Beginning” (1960s)
January 24, 2015
Pleased to announce the premiere of The Old Cellar, a piece written for percussion and harp – scheduled to be performed Friday, February 6 at 9:00pm UTC, Reykjavík, Iceland by Duo Harpverk. Frank Aarnink and Katie Buckley are the two members of the duo (also members of the Icelandic Symphonie Orchestra). Duo Harpverk has performed in many excellent venues, including here in the states at The Kennedy Center.
“During the Icelandic Museum Night we will play our ‘Passport’ concert. This concert has pieces from all over the world, including the 100th piece ever written for us! Come hear all world premieres by J.C. Combs (USA), Michiharu Matsunaga (Japan), David Otten (NL), Nicolas Marty (France), and Alexander Sigman (USA).” – Duo Harpverk
January 13, 2015
It was refreshing to see a review of a work I posted to Soundcloud as a dedication to my friend, Paul Muller. Paul happens to be a huge Steve Reich fan and creates minimalist-style works as well, hence the dedication. This was the first piece in the study and for this one I chose to base the method off of Reich’s Clapping Music in conjunction with other methods. So perhaps not true to the phasing of tempo adjustments which I will address in further studies.
“The driving pulse of the music has the busy urban nightscape quality of Reich’s early works in this manner, where musical lines of close derivation create sonic moiré patterns.” – Disquiet
December 10, 2014
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March 24, 2014
we are strolling down a familiar street at night, perhaps in the fog, the lights from the lamp posts providing little pools of welcome illumination. The texture, however, morphs into a less distinct rhythm as the opening section progresses, and a more alien, metallic feel creeps into the tones of the upper registers. Now little gusts of wind are heard – the landscape has changed to the less familiar, even as we continue walking tentatively forward. – Chain D.L.K (full review here)
March 21, 2014
The video of “Gazing” dance performance March 13, 2014. Note, you can adjust the settings to HD which I recommend.
Choreography: Susan Haines in Collaboration with the Dancers
Costumes: Susan Haines
Music: J.C. Combs
Visual Artist: Prentiss Cole
Stage Manager: Christina Butterton
Lighting Design: Charlie Weber
Set Pieces Design: Prentiss Cole
Dancers: Elizabeth Clarkson, Marisa Fernandez, Makenna Johansen, Kimberlee Kipperburg, Nora Lang, Elli Madsen, Savanna Milton, Mallorie Powell, Terriell Samuels, Ashley Schultz, Kyra Skaggs, Julia White
March 17, 2014
I had a great time attending the dance of “Gazing” and hanging out with Susan Haines (choreographer) and Bruce Hamilton (composer) in their neck of the woods in Bellingham, WWU Performing Arts Center. It was a great show and loved the interpretation of the piece. I will post the video as soon as it is available, but for now here are some photographs from my visit.
Bruce Hamilton & J.C. Combs