Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

From Faint Inklings to Tangible Embodiments

Once upon a time, Kate Steinbeck had a faint inkling about commissioning new music for her ensemble. We had talked about it many months in advance, before she really knew … Continue reading

June 23, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rubble Becomes Art – Score Editing

The final and crucial step of self-editing. Yes, I could catch the same mistakes on the computer screen, but there is something tangible and more immediate about editing on paper. … Continue reading

June 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

New Music for Pierrot Ensemble and Percussion

I had a lot of fun creating this graphic animation/representation for my new piece. “Abandon” captures a fleeting moment of forsaking self-imposed restraints in favor of complete freedom and joyful, … Continue reading

May 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rubble Becomes Art

I have spent the last four months composing a triptych of songs commissioned by Kate Steinbeck and Pan Harmonia, based on the poems of three North Carolina contemporary poets. Although … Continue reading

April 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Chamber Music Commission – Art Songs

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

January 17, 2019 · Leave a comment

“May Night” by Tadeusz Miciński

Crowned donkeys sat on the grass – crickets kiss a wild rose – and death shimmers on the pond and plays a frolicking song.           Mayflies, … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion – Challenging the “Stereo-Types”

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

February 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Endless Immersion – Painting With Sound

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

February 24, 2015 · Leave a comment

Winter Music for Woodwind Quintet

As my current home town of Asheville is expecting the coldest temperatures of the year, I thought I would post some winter music I composed during my early period (undergrad … Continue reading

February 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Arts Education Behind the Iron Curtain, Part 2

If you have not read the first part of this essay, you might benefit from reading it to establish context of the following. The first day at the Conservatory was … Continue reading

February 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Arts Education Behind the Iron Curtain, Part 1

I feel very privileged to have devoted much of my life to the study and practice of music. Having attained degrees from two American universities after completing studies in the … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · Leave a comment

New Music, New Year, New Ideas

I am concocting something new. It’s too early to talk about it, even though I have been working on it for a couple of months, but I might be able … Continue reading

December 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

With Flutist Jadwiga Kotnowska

When I was in Poland, in Warsaw I visited my flute virtuoso friend Jadwiga Kotnowska. She showed me Sinfonia Concertante for flute, harp, and string orchestra by Andrzej Panufnik she … Continue reading

April 2, 2014 · 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

Flute and Lute

I have been playing Bach with Will Tocaben lately. Will is a purist. His lute, as compared to the modern tuning, sounds a whole step lower. I had to transpose … Continue reading

January 11, 2013 · 1 Comment

Recording Sessions on Flute, Piccolo, and Vocal

I have two recording sessions coming up in New York next week. On one I will play piccolo and flute, and on the other one I will lend my voice. … Continue reading

October 12, 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

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

New Music – Flute Concerto “The Espionage”

I am happy to announce the completion of my latest composition for flute – the long-awaited Flute Concerto. If you are a faithful reader of my blog, you might remember … Continue reading

August 14, 2008 · 2 Comments

Beautiful is the Mention of Your Name

Beautiful is the mention of your name Lovely is the shape of its sounds But were it not for the language My lips would call upon it still With velvety … Continue reading

January 29, 2008 · 2 Comments

New Music for Woodwind Quintet

I have finished writing a Woodwind Quintet entitled “Snow Angels”. It was inspired by a breeze of fresh air at the end of a long and humid summer in East … Continue reading

November 9, 2006 · Leave a comment
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