In celebration of its 20th season (2019-2020), Kate Steinbeck and Pan Harmonia have commissioned me to create an innovative work for voice, flute, bassoon and guitar for the chamber music … Continue reading
Dear Asheville, Thank you for everything! The last five years have enriched me with new friendships, scenic natural surroundings, and much inspiration for music composition and art making. I am … Continue reading
“The Blue Bend” is inspired by the fantastic colors and crisp air of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Smokey Mountains in North Carolina. Acrylics and ink on stretched canvas. … Continue reading
Has it been three years already since Anemone was interpreted through this beautiful dance? The final track from the album “Lacrimosa” has a special place in my heart, as it … Continue reading
By all calculations I should not have a good day. Yet I woke up with a renewed strength and a desire to face obstacles on my path to creativity. Give … Continue reading
Art is not necessary. Art is not indispensable. There are more urgent issues such as maintaining peace, feeding the hungry, and protecting the environment. And yet, if we don’t have … Continue reading
I feel restless again. Restless to translate these colors I have been dabbing with into music. I don’t hear the sounds yet. I just feel the need to remove myself … Continue reading
To me, painting in abstract style is synonymous with attaining complete freedom. It never ceases to amaze me that a single piece of art can lend itself to many interpretations. … Continue reading
What do geometry, language, and music have in common? The ancestral shadows, George Michael, and creative loneliness – it’s all there. I am talking about my convoluted path to composition … Continue reading
I was not born with a paint brush in my mouth. My father was an engineer and spent hours (after work) drawing futuristic cars with ink pens on graph paper. … Continue reading
Dreams have no rhymes or reasons. We are thrown into a cacophony of images and sounds, making decisions with convoluted outcomes, trying to make sense out of random encounters, unexpected … Continue reading
I received a secret message. It was tucked between the siding boards of my home. In the middle of the night someone must have brushed off in a hurry without … Continue reading
Endless Immersion Installation – the colors morph, merge, dissolve, and drift away. Just like the music. I’ve had a great response to a private showing of the installation. Each guest … Continue reading
“I am speechless”, “This is what music is supposed to be”, “I drove and don’t remember how I got home”, “I was so relaxed, I didn’t want to stop listening”, … Continue reading
More studio fashion and drama. Clothing should always match the hardware. April 9 – Only 7 days left to the release of the Endless Immersion Album. http://www.dosiamckay.com/endlessimmersion.shtml
Endless Immersion, a new album of experimental music is set to release on April 9, 2015. Endless Immersion – The Concept I want to challenge the traditional way we listen … Continue reading
Beautiful space at the Echo Moountain Recording Studios in Asheville where I recently worked on Endless Immersion. We didn’t master in this exact room, but I like to peek in … Continue reading
With sound engineer Julian Dreyer, trying different alignment patterns for the looping layers. There are so many interesting combinations, there is not enough lifetime to explore them all. We are … Continue reading
Painting with sound – I spent a solid day in the studio working with the sound engineer. This project feels very much like painting to me. I stretched the canvas … Continue reading
Fun to re-watch. If only for the old hair.
Endless Immersion – The Concept I want to challenge the traditional way we listen to music. Does a composition have to have a beginning and an end? Does it have … Continue reading
New year, new Curriculum Vitae, or at least an updated one. I have done so much. I have done so little. http://www.dosiamckay.com/bio.shtml
Though I don’t dance (publicly!) I am thrilled when others dance to my music.
Here are nuts and bolts of TrancePhonica during the mastering session with Julian Dreyer at the Echo Mountain Recording Studio in Asheille. Music composition, sequencing, mixing, and editing are very … Continue reading
Uplifting trance meets symphonic strings. New single is now available through Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Download track: tinyurl.com/n8jgqjb More info: tinyurl.com/nn4ltmw Composition, MIDI programming and sequencing by Dosia McKay, mastered by … Continue reading
A mastering session for TrancePhonica with Julian Dreyer at Echo Mountain Recording Studio in Asheville. His first suggestion for the mix was to bring out more kick, and more kick … Continue reading
I am a big proponent of ergonomics and proper posture. I always sit up straight and never cross my legs.
At the premiere of my new piece for vibraphone and string quartet entitled “First In Flight” in Asheville. http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/firstinflight.shtml Here I am introducing the piece to the audience.
Rehearsing “First In Flight”. Sincerely yours conducting. http://www.dosiamckay.com/mp3/DosiaMcKay_Firstinflight.mp3 http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/firstinflight.shtml
“Less pedal in this section, match the articulation of the strings.” Rehearsing “First In Flight” with Jason DeCristofaro Listen to the MP3 sample: http://www.dosiamckay.com/mp3/DosiaMcKay_Firstinflight.mp3 Learn about the piece: http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/firstinflight.shtml
Here is an article in the Mountain Xpress, the local Asheville paper, about the premiere of my piece for vibraphone and string quartet on the Composers’ Concert this Sunday. http://www.mountainx.com/article/51310/Johann-come-lately
My piece for vibraphone and string quartet is nearly completed. Today I have been revising dynamic markings and adding articulations. I wrote this piece for Jason DeCristofaro who plays both … Continue reading
Here is the second part of my documentary in which I discuss the birth of my album Lacrimosa. If you missed the first part, you can watch it here.
If we have not met in person, this might be the second best. In this candid video I discuss my pathway to composition, the sources of inspiration for my music, and … Continue reading
With pianist Daniel Weiser and clarinetist Steve Loew who performed my Two Moods in Asheville, NC. A truly moving rendition by these two virtuoso players. I hope to be able … Continue reading
Enjoy Anemone, the closing track from my album Lacrimosa, here in the interpretation of choreographer Ann Dunn of the Asheville Ballet. The video features a live performance at the Diana … Continue reading
As the first event in its 50th Season, Asheville Ballet will perform Choreo-Off II at Diana Wortham Theatre in Asheville, NC Friday, September 28 at 7:30 pm Saturday, September 29 … Continue reading