Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Soft

Plush velvet cottonwheat Strands of mauve and milk In snug pleats enveloping Faded gray wooing Fond weave of yarn Shelter petals rust Safely closely holding Folding and unfolding Winter’s hush … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Black

Today my hair is nearly black. I am wearing black turtleneck and black pants. I carried my lunch in a black paper bag, forgetting that I already had another black … Continue reading

March 13, 2015 · Leave a comment

Work Hard, Play Hard

I am working non stop on this latest release, hoping to bring the music to life this April. Music is done, graphic design for the album cover is done. Now … Continue reading

March 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Aurora – For Stereo Headphones and Closed Eyes

Aurora – Meant for stereo headphones and closed eyes. http://www.dosiamckay.com/lacrimosa.shtml

February 27, 2015 · Leave a comment

Music in a Kaleidoscope?

I am putting finishing touches on Endless Immersion before I take it to the recording studio for final edit and mastering. Until today, the “kaleidoscope” design of the music was … Continue reading

February 20, 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

Composer Portrait, Part 1

Fun to re-watch. If only for the old hair.

February 18, 2015 · Leave a comment

To Be and to Hear – Abstract Painting

This is a hand-painted digital artwork utilizing new media with abstract fractals. I created this series of paintings in 2007 while I was working as a technical illustrator for patent … Continue reading

February 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Play With Fire – Abstract Painting

Play With Fire http://www.dosiamckay.com/art/artwork/077.shtml Acrylics on stretched canvas, 24 x 36 x 0.75 in, (61 x 91 x 2 cm). Medium gloss professional finish. No need to frame, the painted … Continue reading

February 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

Lacrimosa

Lacrimosa – my most popular track on Soundcloud. And for a good reason. Double the fun on headphones.

February 6, 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

Mereise Ine Me – Free Download

For a limited time I am offering a free download of my track “Mereise Ine Me”. Please share with friends, like, and comment.

January 23, 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

New 3-Dimensional Music

If I have been quiet recently, it’s because I am working intently on new music. It’s a large-scale innovative project whose harmonic progression and formal design resembles some of my … Continue reading

January 6, 2015 · Leave a comment

Shedding – Old Feathers Fall Away With Old Fears

“Shedding” – Old feathers fall away with old fears. http://tinyurl.com/nr4mobn I created this series of paintings in 2007 while I was working as a technical illustrator for patent attorneys. By … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 1 Comment

Awakening – New Media Painting

No matter how hard I try, I can’t get away from color. I have to restrain myself not to turn the saturation all the way up. I think I know … Continue reading

November 28, 2014 · Leave a comment

Calliope – New Painting with a Musical Theme

Calliope – hand-drawn digital pencil and ink. Available as a giclee print on paper. I am setting up my print shop and would like to gauge your interest in acquiring … Continue reading

November 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Painting / Drawing with Musical Theme

A detail of a new painting / drawing I am working on. This one will have a musical theme.

November 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Healing Through Music

Lately I have been thinking about the healing potential of music. I don’t want to be in the business of selling snake oil, smoke, and mirrors, but would want to … Continue reading

September 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sweet Delirium from Lacrimosa

Sweet Delirium from my album Lacrimosa https://dosiamckay.bandcamp.com/track/sweet-delirium

September 5, 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

Expand Your Library’s Catalog

Would your institution’s library benefit from adding contemporary music to its catalog? Speak to your librarian about acquiring Glossolalia. I recently sent the album to University of California at Irvine … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

Sweet Baby – Choral Premiere in New York

Premiere of Sweet Baby, my new choral piece, performed by the members of C4 under the direction of Fahad Siadat. New York, Composer’s Voice, June 29, 2014, Jan Hus Presbyterian … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Upcoming Choral Premiere in New York

This week I will be studying the score to “Sweet Baby” – a choral piece I recently wrote for a New York premiere by the members of the C4 Ensemble. … Continue reading

June 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

Working with Vibraphonist Paweł Nowicki – Composer’s Perspective

A few notes from the recent recording session of my new album Glossolalia. Today I share about working with the vibraphonist – Paweł Nowicki. Paweł made a guest appearance on … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

Mereise Ine Me – Download New Vocal Single

Lest all glory goes to Glossolalia, here is another recent release – a composition for electronically enhanced voice and a bass instrument: Mereise Ine Me. You can share and download … Continue reading

June 16, 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

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

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

New Choral Music

I am writing a fun piece for SATB a cappella chorus for a June premiere in New York by the members of the C4 Ensemble. The piece is entitled “Sweet … Continue reading

April 17, 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

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

Music Everywhere

The subway trains in Warsaw squeal the same melody the New York trains do. The melody outlines a minor 7th, falls a minor 2nd and rises a minor 3rd. In … Continue reading

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

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
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