Compose Yourself! composition competition

The Minneapolis-based chamber choir MPLS (imPulse) is currently holding a composition competition with three rounds. The first round was completed in December, 2016, with the performance in February. I am honored to announce that my submission, Out of the River of Tuoni, was the selected winner! MPLS (imPulse) is a fantastic ensemble that is really pushing the choral arts in new directions. They are fantastic advocates for new music with a vision of ‘redefining the choral experience’ for the singers and audience members. Serving this purpose, Continue reading →

Composagram: Until the End

#composagram: “Until the End” #RedPineMusicPress #IanACook #NewMusicMN #NewMusic #Classical #ClassicalMusic #Music #Composition #Composing #Composer #Soundtrack #Wood #WoodGrain #Brown #Harp #Vibraphone #Crotales #Percussion A video posted by Ian A. Cook (@ianacook) on Sep 25, 2016 at 12:58pm PDT

Composagram: Contemplate

Another #composagram: “Contemplate” #RedPineMusicPress #IanACook #NewMusicMN #NewMusic #Classical #ClassicalMusic #Music #Composition #Composing #Composer #Soundtrack #Rain #Leaves #Leaf #Tree #Water #Green A video posted by Ian A. Cook (@ianacook) on Aug 20, 2016 at 11:50am PDT

Composagram: Journey

I recently came across an article from Q2 Music describing Ray Lustig’s 15-second compositions accompanied by 15-second videos, which he posts regularly on Instagram. He calls these tiny pieces “Composagrams”. I thought this was such an interesting idea that I decided to give it a try. Below is my very first composagram titled “Journey”, posted on my own Instagram. Let me know what you think! Here's my first ever #composagram: “Journey” I love this idea of mini compositions matched with mini videos. Thanks for coming Continue reading →

Recording of “Aurora”

This past April 23rd, Northern Symphony Orchestra premiered by newest orchestral piece Aurora, and it was received quite well. The performance was recorded, and I now have a copy of the recording available for you to listen to. You can hear the recording, as well as purchase the score, here.

Adding Finale to My Toolset

As you may know, in addition to writing and publishing my own music, I also do professional engraving for other composers and conductors. This process involves clarifying markings and other notations, and then typesetting the music to make it clear, easy to read, and visually appealing. Previously, I have done all of my work in Sibelius 6. I love Sibelius; I think it’s very easy to create good looking scores using it, and it is quite intuitive to use. However, most composers and conductors that Continue reading →