In March 2021, I recorded a piece by Tacoma composer Gregory Youtz, Nocturne (2015), which I’d previously performed live in December of 2019. It was a pleasure to revisit this work and play with some video editing to show some of the inside-the-piano techniques which are vital to the work. Enjoy!
I was delighted to collaborate with Drew Shipman, a fine young flutist from the University of Puget Sound, on a virtual recital in July 2020. You can download the program notes here!
The program featured both established and emerging LGBTQ and BIPOC composers, highlighting how their life experiences inform the creation of their art. Prism, in a figurative sense, can be used to describe the clarification or distortion afforded by a particular viewpoint – in this case, the composer’s (often intersecting) identities. This program is not meant to be an act of performative allyship, but rather a use of our platforms to shine the spotlight on composers who deserve more recognition for their craft. especially given the institutional disadvantages they have faced as people who do not embody the canonic composer archetype (straight white men). Featuring works by Jennifer Higdon, William Grant Still, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Aaron Copland, Alex Temple, Sue Jean Park, and a world premiere by Eliott Wells, a fellow student of Drew’s at the University of Puget Sound.
Looking back on this performance from February, I feel very fortunate – this was one of the last performances that took place at the University of Puget Sound before the pandemic shut things down.
Recorded live, February 21, 2020, Schneebeck Concert Hall, University of Puget Sound. “The Legacy of George Walker,” a Jacobsen Series concert.
Jinshil Yi and Kim Davenport, pianos.
I. Adagio non troppo
IV. Allegretto tranquillo
This work is an arrangement by Walker of his Piano Sonata No.2. The composer writes: “My Piano Sonata No.2 was composed as a dissertation for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree, which I received from the Eastman School of Music in 1956. The theoretical premise underlying its structure is the consistent projection of third relationships. The theme of the first movement is reflected in the ground bass upon which six variations are built. The second movement, a brief scherzo, is followed by a monothematic slow movement. The fourth movement, in sonatina form, ends with a coda derived from the theme of the first movement.”
On Thursday, December 5, 2019, Kim Davenport presented a multimedia journey through Tacoma’s musical history. In a program including live performance, video, and historic photographs, Kim shared some of her favorite stories of musicians and musical events from our city’s past.
Thanks to support from a Tacoma Artists Initiative Program grant from the City of Tacoma Arts Commission, you can view the event in video form even if you were unable to attend live:
After many years of planning, I am delighted to share the news that construction is complete, and my new home studio space is finally up and running! Not only does it sound terrific, but it’s a large enough space to handle small recitals – providing me with more flexibility to schedule recitals when they are best for specific students’ needs.
I also plan to utilize the space to put on small performances of my own, something I haven’t had the flexibility to do for some time.
I look forward to sharing more pictures, and heck, audio and video as well, in the near future!
UPDATE! Since its launch just over a year ago, the TacomaMusicHistory.org blog has really taken off! Dozens of posts have shared my research, as well as that of colleagues, and most dear to my heart, students!
This new site, launched in June 2017, is devoted to sharing stories from the diverse musical history of Tacoma, Washington, the City of Destiny. The goal of bringing these stories to an online environment is to take advantage of the ability to easily share interactive, multimedia resources.
The concept behind this site began as Kim was planning to teach a new course she designed for UW Tacoma, “Musical History of Tacoma”. Her intention in developing the site is to share some of her own work, link to resources publicly available online, and especially to share the best of her students’ work. The online environment is ideal, as it will allow for easy sharing of links, audio and video, and photographs.
I’m delighted to share that my new book, “Tacoma’s Theater District,” will be released by Arcadia Publishing on September 7, 2015! It is available for purchase through Arcadia, local bookshops in Tacoma, and various online retailers such as Amazon.com.
I recently had the pleasure of filming a short segment, titled “Artist and Place,” as part of the TV show “artTown,” a production of TV Tacoma and the City of Tacoma’s Arts Program. The “Artist and Place” segment features local artists discussing their work and what it is about Tacoma, and a specific location in Tacoma, that inspires their work.