Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Cantabile – A Touch of Jazz in a Classical Setting

Something for a happy Friday: Cantabile (in Italian “singable”, or “song-like”) should unfold through long and eloquent phrases, but it does not have enough courage to immediately convey what hides … Continue reading

June 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Working with the 2nd Violin of NeoQuartet – Composer’s Perspective

A few notes from the recent recording session of my new album Glossolalia. Today I share about working with the 2nd Violin of NeoQuartet – Paweł Kapica. Paweł very skilfully … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia – Taking Big Risks, Reaping Large Musical Rewards

I met NeoQuartet for the first time during the first rehearsal, three days ahead of the recording session, with the studio and sound engineer fully booked. Were we crazy to … Continue reading

June 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia Now on iTunes, Amazon, and Around the World!

The album has launched! Below a few links to a free download, MP3 and CD retailers, a new video, and other goodies: – Bandcamp: http://tinyurl.com/lqgnktr – Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/mdv6czc – iTunes: … Continue reading

June 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia CDs Ready for Album Release

Oh, but what do we have here?! The CDs have just arrived and are ready for the June 4 release of the album. This Wednesday I will send out all … Continue reading

June 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Free Download – Glossolalia Track

Free download from my new album Glossolalia played by NeoQuartet. Listen, share, e-mail to your mother, girlfriend, and your boss. Pre-order an audio CD and MP3 album. Leave a comment, … Continue reading

May 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is Now Not Enough?

Tomorrow I will offer the opening track from my new album “Glossolalia – NeoQuartet plays music of Dosia McKay” for free download. It will be available on Bandcamp at: http://dosiamckay.bandcamp.com/Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia – Pre-sale to Begin with a Free Track Download

Let me entice you with colorful graphics for the last time because on Wednesday I will be releasing a FREE download of one of the tracks from Glossolalia performed by … Continue reading

May 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

What is the Role of a Composer in Music Creation?

My professor at New York University, Kent Underwood, used to say that the reality of music is not the score, but the performance. It is a humbling proposition for a … Continue reading

May 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia – Mysticism and Ecstasy of Inspiration

Glossolalia – The Inspiration Glossolalia, meaning speaking or praying in tongues, is a spiritual practice or a worship expression found in certain streams of the Christian church as well as … Continue reading

May 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia Set to Release June 4

My new album Glossolalia is set to release on June 4, 2014! Glossolalia, meaning speaking or praying in tongues, is a spiritual practice or a worship expression found in certain … Continue reading

May 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia – New Album

Coming this spring! New album of music for string quartet. http://www.dosiamckay.com/glossolalia.shtml

March 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Album Cover Design

I have completed the design of the cover for my new album and will be sharing it with you in a few days. To say that the concept is “out … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Working with the Violist of NeoQuartet – Composer’s Perspective

Is it me or are all viola players naturally quiet and reserved? Michał approached the music in a very methodical and collaborative way making sure to give the preference to … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Fear

Uploading the recording session of my new album to my computer. If the hardest part is behind me, why am I so nervous suddenly? http://www.dosiamckay.com/stringquartet.shtml

March 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Radio Gdańsk Studio – Album Recording Highlights

A nice note by Radio Gdańsk Studio about my recent album recording and collaboration with NeoQuartet. http://www.rgstudio.pl/newsy/1/65/dosia-mckay-w-studiu-radia-gdansk

March 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mixing Gear at the Recording Studio

Mixing with sound engineer Jacek Puchalski at Radio Gdańsk Studio. Let me know if you recognize any gear. Glossolalia http://www.rgstudio.pl/

March 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

What’s the Role of a Music Producer?

I feel very much at home in a recording studio. Producing an album is a strenuous mental exercise and requires a lot of patience and diplomacy. This project was very … Continue reading

March 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Studio Music Producer

On this project I acted not only as a composer, but also as a producer. This holy book contained the schedule, all scores, parts, contracts, and detailed notes on all … Continue reading

March 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

Working with the Cellist of NeoQuartet – Composer’s Perspective

Composer’s perspective – working with the cellist of NeoQuartet, Krzysztof Pawłowski: It’s not a secret that cello is my most favorite of the string instruments, so I was looking forward … Continue reading

March 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Recording at Radio Gdańsk Studio

I am incredibly fortunate to have worked with Jacek Puchalski on my album. Jacek has an extensive experience collaborating with local and international musicians, from classical world, through jazz, pop, … Continue reading

February 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Recording Vibraphone in the Studio

Paweł Nowicki recording First In Flight for vibraphone and string quartet. We tried three different sets of sticks today, hard, soft, and medium, and ended up choosing the hard set. … Continue reading

February 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Studio Recording in Gdańsk

With sound engineer Jacek Puchalski at Radio Gdańsk Studio, recording the string album with NeoQuartet. The studio runs on ProTools – one of the reasons I wanted to work with … Continue reading

February 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Every Composer’s Dream

Would you like to know what’s it like to work with world-class musicians? It’s like this: I draw for them a black-and-white drawing and they transform it into a 3-D … Continue reading

February 18, 2014 · Leave a comment

I am in Poland!

I have survived a major snow storm in North Carolina and, after a few flight cancellations and rebookings, I made it to Poland. I’m in Gdańsk, an old coastal town … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Vibraphonist Paweł Nowicki To Record My Music

Meet vibraphonist Paweł Nowicki. Paweł will make a guest appearance on my upcoming album featuring my music for strings performed by NeoQuartet. He will be the soloist on “First In … Continue reading

February 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Score Study for Upcoming Studio Recording

Can you guess what’s next for me? I have to study my own music for the upcoming studio recording with NeoQuartet. In the folder containing all the scores and parts, … Continue reading

February 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia – New Music for String Quartet

Here is the formal design of Glossolalia – my new piece for string quartet I will be recording in Poland next month with NeoQuartet. It’s an adventurous and an unusual … Continue reading

January 30, 2014 · Leave a comment

Composer’s Diary – Writing a String Quartet – Part 2

Life, death, ecstasy, discarding two weeks worth of work, and starting over – I talk about it all. I’m taking you behind the scenes of composing my new string quartet … Continue reading

January 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Glossolalia – New String Quartet

Glossolalia – this is the title of my new string quartet, probably the most hypnotic and ecstatic composition I have written to date. Here is a snapshot of the MIDI … Continue reading

January 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

NeoQuartet in Rehearsal – More New Music to Come

NeoQuartet in rehearsal. I am composing a new work for them to be recorded next month in Poland as a part of my new album. http://en.neoquartet.pl/home/ In this photo: Karolina … Continue reading

January 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cantabile Set to Record for New Album of String Quartet Music

Cantabile, one of the tracks I will be recording this winter with NeoQuartet for my upcoming album, is a slow movement from the Three Monologues for String Quartet. I composed … Continue reading

December 30, 2013 · 1 Comment

Composer’s Diary – Writing a String Quartet

Unscripted look behind the scenes – the very early stages of composing a new string quartet and some of my scattered thoughts.

December 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Recording a New Album with NeoQuartet in Poland

I am so very excited that I will be recording my new album with NeoQuartet. I just bought my plane ticket to Poland for February. I am not worried about … Continue reading

December 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Album for String Quartet Set To Record This Winter

I am very excited to announce that I am set to record a new album with a superb ensemble from Poland. NeoQuartet will record my music for strings this winter … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Free Music Scores – Download Sheet Music

I have decided to release a handful of my scores to public circulation. Follow this link to find a couple of my piano pieces, a string quartet, and a brass … Continue reading

November 9, 2013 · Leave a comment

Enchantment from Lacrimosa

It’s an enchanting day today! A preview of one of the tracks from my debut album Lacrimosa. Hear more music and download the album here: http://www.dosiamckay.com/lacrimosa.shtml

August 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Composer’s Studio Ergonomics

I am a big proponent of ergonomics and proper posture. I always sit up straight and never cross my legs.

August 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Premiere of “First In Flight” for Vibraphone and String Quartet

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.

August 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dress Rehearsal – Vibraphone and String Quartet

Rehearsing “First In Flight”. Sincerely yours conducting. http://www.dosiamckay.com/mp3/DosiaMcKay_Firstinflight.mp3 http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/firstinflight.shtml

July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rehearsing with Vibraphone

“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

July 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Composition – Premiere in Asheville

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

July 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

What Is the Shape of Your Music?

Why are you attracted to certain kinds of music and not the others? What need does the music fill in your life? What are the circumstances in which you find … Continue reading

May 29, 2013 · 1 Comment

Studio Visit – New Music for Vibraphone and String Quartet

Jason DeCristofaro is visiting my studio to look at the vibraphone piece I wrote for him. The fast runs and intervals in both hands seem to work well. I will … Continue reading

May 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

First In Flight – New Music for Vibraphone and String Quartet

“First In Flight” is the title of my new composition for vibraphone and string quartet. I wrote it for vibraphone player Jason DeCristofaro who regularly performs classical music and jazz. … Continue reading

May 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

A Trivia Question for You

A trivia question for you: Do you know how many clefs usually are (can be) involved in composing a string quartet?

May 13, 2013 · Leave a comment

Music Composition Statistics

Music composition is a very time consuming process. I usually like to schedule 3-4 weeks for a short chamber piece. The current vibraphone / string quartet piece took me about … Continue reading

May 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Music for Vibraphone and String Quartet

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

May 7, 2013 · Leave a comment
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