Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

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

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

Are You a True Artist?

I see these inspirational articles floating all around me, forcing me to examine my artistic direction and stripping my soul to bare bone. Are you a true artist? – they … Continue reading

April 29, 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

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

Parting for Baroque Lute Now On Video

I composed Parting for Baroque lutenist Will Tocaben in the summer of 2013. At that time it seemed that everywhere I turned I saw relationships falling apart and close and … Continue reading

December 4, 2013 · 1 Comment

Mereise Ine Me – New Vocal Track

Mereise Ine Me – enjoy the latest piece I wrote for electronically enhanced voice and a bass instrument. If I get a request from an interested choir, I would like to … Continue reading

November 18, 2013 · 2 Comments

City Lights – New Soundscape Track for Download

City Lights – my latest soundscape track. Free download for a limited time. Please share with friends. I am very curious what images come to your mind when you listen … Continue reading

November 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Cherry Blossom Set To Modern Dance

This Friday, September 27, the FresNO Dance COllective (NOCO) under the direction of choreographer Amy Querin will dance to Cherry Blossom from my album Lacrimosa at the Current for Women … Continue reading

September 25, 2013 · 1 Comment

Modern Dance With Cherry Blossom

I am very excited that NOCO – FresNO Dance COllective will dance to Cherry Blossom from my album Lacrimosa at the end of September. I always love to see my … Continue reading

September 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Epiphanies

I have been reading my diary from ten years ago and stumbled upon a very important turning point. In October of 2003 I wrote timidly: “A thought has been coming … Continue reading

June 28, 2013 · Leave a comment

Uncovering the Hidden Message of a Moth

I haven’t yet talked about the inspiration behind the cover of my album Lacrimosa. Let me share with you this fascinating story. In July of 2011 in North Carolina, I … Continue reading

May 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

“Farewell Dream Garden” for Soprano, Flute, and String Orchestra

It has been almost two years but I was not able to edit this video until now.  I wrote “Farewell Dream Garden” for the International “Music in the Garden” Composers’ … Continue reading

March 27, 2013 · Leave a comment

Dosia McKay – Is Now Not Enough – String Quartet Premiere

Enjoy the video of the recent premiere of my new string quartet entitled “Is Now Not Enough?” during the Composer’s Voice Concert in Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York … Continue reading

March 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

New String Quartet

I am working on drafts of a new string quartet. After my electronic album, I really missed writing for acoustic instruments. I am planning a new recording project which will … Continue reading

November 19, 2012 · 1 Comment

Anemone from Lacrimosa with Choreography by Ann Dunn

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

October 5, 2012 · 2 Comments

Writing

Why couldn’t life be A multiple choice test? That way you could get it right Most of the time If you had The faintest idea And a sense of direction … Continue reading

September 13, 2012 · Leave a comment

Free Download – Lush for Piano, Saxophone, and Jazz Orchestra

In the mood for something mellow today? Enjoy this free download of my composition “Lush” for piano, soprano saxophone, and jazz orchestra.

September 11, 2012 · Leave a comment

Playing Poker

Forgive me Lauren but I lost dexterity To shuffle the decks Of life’s persistent questions I used to array them in ornate fans Draw a random card And I would … Continue reading

August 26, 2012 · 2 Comments

Aurora – Ethereal Music Evoking Northern Lights

When I wrote Aurora, I wanted to blend the boundaries between the aural and the visual. I wanted to free the music from any constraints of rhythm or pulse and … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

The Duty and Allegiance of an Artist – A Message of Paul Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler

This essay was originally a part of a scholarly paper I wrote while in graduate school at New York University. The main body of my work consisted of detailed compositional … Continue reading

August 15, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lacrimosa – New Album Now Available on CD

In addition to MP3 downloads of my album on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby, I am now happy to offer compact discs. You can order them directly from me by … Continue reading

August 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Alone and Pensive / Solo e Pensoso

A preview of one of my tracks from my debut album Lacrimosa. Hear more music and download the album here. This track is an arrangement of the opening stanza of … Continue reading

July 31, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lacrimosa – Now Available on Amazon MP3 Downloads

Amazon categorized Lacrimosa as Modern Classical, Dance/DJ/Electronic, and Miscellaneous. I would say that’s fairly accurate. I hope to ruffle some feathers in the Miscellaneous department! Follow this link to listen … Continue reading

July 29, 2012 · Leave a comment

Sweet Delirium

Sweet Delirium, one of the tracks on my new album Lacrimosa, employs sampling and layering of vocals. It also features Hardanger fiddle, a traditional Finnish instrument. Enjoy the ambience, ambiguity, and … Continue reading

July 28, 2012 · Leave a comment

A Whisperer in the Land of Shouters

Do you ever feel like a whisperer in the land of shouters? Enjoy a preview of one of my tracks from my debut album Lacrimosa. Hear more music and download … Continue reading

July 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

What is the Meaning of Anemone?

It’s an Anemone kind of day. In the language of flowers, anemone symbolizes fading hope and a feeling of having been forsaken. It can also mean anticipation. Enjoy a preview … Continue reading

July 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Is Beautiful Out of Style? – Composer Dosia McKay Bets Her New Album It Is Not

Dosia McKay’s debut album Lacrimosa is available for download on iTunes and other major digital retailers. Lacrimosa is a post-classical fusion of Renaissance and Electronic Soundscape music. Dosia McKay’s creative … Continue reading

July 18, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lacrimosa – New Album Available for Download

My long awaited debut album Lacrimosa is now available for download at the following locations: iTunes CD Baby More digital distributors, including Amazon to follow and the CD is in … Continue reading

July 17, 2012 · Leave a comment

Lacrimosa – New Album To Be Released This Summer

Lacrimosa – The Inspiration The Latin word Lacrimosa opens one of the stanzas in the Dies Irae sequence of the traditional Requiem mass and means mourning or weeping. Although it … Continue reading

July 2, 2012 · Leave a comment

To Be Asked

If he could only hear That it was time That it’s been too long And would he please come Birthday or not Rain or hunting season He would have gone … Continue reading

June 7, 2012 · Leave a comment

Cantabile for String Quartet Featured in Brooklyn, NY

I recently had the pleasure of collaborating with the string quartet of the S.E.M. Ensemble under the direction of Petr Kotik in their annual Workshop & Reading of New Works. … Continue reading

March 25, 2012 · Leave a comment

Food

In the end only food matters And those who endure your talking With your mouth full Kingdoms rise and fall For the freedom of drinking The right kind of borscht … Continue reading

February 11, 2012 · 1 Comment

Free Download – Lush for Soprano Saxophone, Piano, and Jazz Orchestra

As my holiday gift to you, please enjoy a free download of my composition “Lush” for soprano saxophone (Rob Jacoby), piano (Rich Shemaria), and jazz orchestra (NYU).

December 13, 2011 · 1 Comment

Hidden Art

A few months ago I went for a walk around the Lower Manhattan’s financial district. I was looking forward to arriving at my final destination – the trendy waterfront boardwalk, … Continue reading

October 4, 2011 · Leave a comment

Enchanting Soundtrack to a Short Film “The Garden”

I recently completed a demo soundtrack to “The Garden” (2009) – a short film by Jason Stefaniak. Enclosed is only a short fragment of the film. My goal in writing … Continue reading

April 22, 2011 · Leave a comment

The Climb – New Soundtrack to a Short Film by Vincent Ma

I am happy to unveil the soundtrack to a short film by Vincent Ma, a talented filmmaker from the NYU Tisch School of the Arts. This beautiful and evocative film … Continue reading

March 5, 2010 · Leave a comment

War and Peace – A New Soundtrack to the Battle Scene

I am pleased to present my latest scoring demo – the battle scene from the 2007 War and Peace film by Robert Dornhelm and Brendan Donnison. It is a mixture … Continue reading

March 4, 2010 · Leave a comment

Christmas Archangel

Small talk potluck smiles Clench my jaws tight Just like stage fright An hour of social delight In a less-traveled corner My weathered friend I finally gird myself With long … Continue reading

January 2, 2010 · 1 Comment

Things Are Unsaid

Things are unsaid In a certain way Fork on the left Knife on the right Definitely don’t smile Before Christmas Sometimes after the fact It’s good to acknowledge But only … Continue reading

December 11, 2009 · Leave a comment

New Soundtrack – Homecoming – Short Film by Josiah Signor

I recently finished scoring a short film by Josiah Signor – Homecoming. I attempted to illustrate the emotions of this intimate and moving film with the simple instrumentation of clarinet, … Continue reading

November 29, 2009 · Leave a comment

Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Sonata in A minor for flute alone

Karl Philipp Emanuel Bach – Sonata in A minor, Poco adagio There are never enough hours in the day for me to do everything I want to do. This summer … Continue reading

August 21, 2009 · 3 Comments

The Power of Color

“Color is the power which directly influences the soul. Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the hammers, the soul is the piano with the strings. The artist is the … Continue reading

August 8, 2009 · 4 Comments

Longing

Tangled breaths of water nymphs Waves’ incessant moans Intertwined in endless Ebbs and flows Nothing satisfies let me Stay let me go Neither food nor Sleep comfort wordless angsts As … Continue reading

June 9, 2009 · 2 Comments
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