Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Quattrocento – A New Abstract Portrait

“Quattrocento” – a new painting, acrylics on stretched canvas, 24 x 36 x 0.75 in (60 x 91 x 2 cm). More exploration of monochromatic hues and restrained color palette. … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

Fidgeting in the Sacred Space

Where have you done it? So far I have done it on the kitchen counter, in the bathtub, in the basement, in the bedroom, in the bathroom, the living room, … Continue reading

January 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

To Create is to Be Alive

I paint to remember and to forget. To celebrate and to mourn. To rage and to be still. In all of these I want to affirm life and gratitude for … Continue reading

December 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Not Knowing

I remember that day a year ago. It was before I began composing “Endless Immersion”. I only had a general idea of what I wanted to do, too vague to … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Joyful Surprise

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

September 28, 2015 · Leave a comment

Unconventional

When I talk about Endless Immersion, I’m supposed to have an elevator pitch to capture your attention in one sentence. I don’t have it. I don’t even know what genre … Continue reading

June 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion Installation

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

April 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Endless Immersion Download

Can you download single tracks of Endless Immersion? Yes, you can. There are only two of them. Each one is a seamless one-hour immersive experience, and you can preview them … Continue reading

April 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Submerged – New Music for Piano Solo

“Submerged” is one of my early compositions for piano solo. Ever since a pianist friend played for me “The Sunken Cathedral” by Claude Debussy in ninth grade, I felt enchanted … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

Cello – A Guarded Love

The more I play the cello, the more I love it. But if it loves me back, it does so in a guarded way. I have to spend many hours … Continue reading

April 15, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion – A Sonic Experience

Endless Immersion is out as a 2-CD set and an MP3 download. If you are looking for a truly unique sonic experience, look no further. http://tinyurl.com/kge5osr

April 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion – First Impressions

“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

April 7, 2015 · Leave a comment

Times of Solemnity and Reflection

Times, seasons, holidays, remembrances. It’s good to have days set aside for reflection and solemnity. Though our perspectives of the World may differ, we share the the joys, sorrows, and … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion – New Album of Experimental Music

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

March 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Is Now Not Enough? – Where Music and Poetry Meet

Have you downloaded the free track from my latest album? “Is Now Not Enough?” – read about the inspiration behind the title. Please share, like, and comment. https://soundcloud.com/dosiamckay/is-now-not-enough-1

January 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

I am an Exhibitionist

I am no psychologist, but sometimes I think that our adult years are only meant to be spent resolving our childhood dramas and fulfilling our infantile dreams. Why do I … Continue reading

January 22, 2015 · 4 Comments

Flute Concerto – The Espionage

The Espionage concerto was partially inspired by a poem by the same title I wrote in 2008 (see below) and, in a wider sense, by my fascination with the spy … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

World War I Flavored Film Score

Here is a soundtrack I composed a few years ago to “Brothers in Arms” (2006) by Amos Ezra Katz. Using French horns, English horn, clarinet, guitar, and percussion, I attempted … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

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

Too Much Fun Around Here – Invasion of Clowns – Brass Quintet

The Presidential Brass Quintet at the Valdosta State University performed my crazy fun piece entitled “Invasion of Clowns” yesterday. http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/clowns.shtml Listen to a demo here: http://dosiamckay.com/mp3/DosiaMcKay_Invasion_of_Clowns.mp3

October 22, 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

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

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

Your Title Here – What’s in a Name?

Writing a piece of music is one thing, but finding an appropriate title for it is another. I always know what the piece is about, but it doesn’t always translate … Continue reading

June 17, 2013 · Leave a comment

Does Music Require a Melody?

Is a good melody a prerequisite of a good/interesting musical composition? What do you think? Here is a soundtrack I wrote a couple of years ago for a silent film … Continue reading

June 7, 2013 · 2 Comments

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

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

New Piece for Vibraphone and String Quartet

I am writing my new piece for vibraphone player Jason DeCristofaro. Jason is a talented musician both in the classical field and jazz. He is also a published composer. The … Continue reading

April 24, 2013 · 1 Comment

New Music for Vibraphone and String Quartet

My new piece for vibraphone and string quartet is taking shape. I don’t remember when was the last time I put so much joy and vibrant color into a composition. … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · 4 Comments

“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

Dosia McKay – Composer Portrait – Part 2 – Lacrimosa

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.

March 18, 2013 · Leave a comment
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