Sat 26 September 2020
I would like to congratulate Kathy & Terry Bickley, who commissioned me to write them a duet for bassoon and bass clarinet earlier this year. They performed Two Deep for the Australian Double Reed Society's Online Competition, in the duet section, and won second prize (which keeps the whole "two" thing going!). It was a great honour and joy to compose the piece especially for them!
Other recent projects have included a song for a friend's wedding and preparing to arrange Are we there yet? for orchestra. I've also been listening to lots of calypso music as I work on the Tied Test piece for Benaud Trio. It puts me a good mood. :)
Wed 8 July 2020
Recently I had my first taste of performing in a long while – well, kind of! I was one of about 100 pianists around Australia who took part in 84 Pianos: Pandemic Edition, an initiative of Clocked Out Duo. You can see the video here. Maybe you can hear me too, I'm not really sure!
I completed Are we there yet? last month, and I'm really looking forward to hearing it soon. I'm really happy with how it has turned out.
Many other projects are still up in the air, but I can confirm a few things...
I'm honoured to be one of the composers in the Sydney Symphony's 50 Fanfares commissioning initiative. This means I'll be writing a fanfare for a performance sometime in 2021 – more details to come when things settle down a bit!
I am about to start work on a piece for Benaud Trio, which is going to be the first cricket-related piece I've written since How McDougal Topped the Score (in 2010).
At the moment I'm working on David's Song of Thanks, which hopefully the Adelaide Wind Orchestra will be able to play soon (our updated program in response to the pandemic is yet to be decided).
Finally, if you want to listen to something, here's the amazing Alondra Vega-Zaldivar singing my composition Bowerbird Blues in her 2019 Art Song Collaborative Project, 'Cries of the Earth'...
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Tue 20 – Fri 23 Oct, various times
Adelaide Symphony Orchestra: "Are we there yet?"
A new work for the ASO's learning program, based on the children's picture book by Alison Lester.
David John Lang - Are we there yet?
Performances at participating primary schools around Adelaide
Sat 14 Nov, 9pm
Non-Piano/Toy Piano Weekend: 'Witchcraft' (Part 2)
A program of fairy-tale themed works for lots of toy pianos and melodicas.
David John Lang - The Three Little Pigs
Resonanzraum, Hamburg, Germany
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