Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

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

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

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

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

Commissioning New Music – What Is It All About?

Would you like to do something extraordinary? Would you like to make history? Would you like to increase the measure of happiness and beauty in the world? Why not commission … Continue reading

September 16, 2013 · 3 Comments

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

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

A Path to Success in the Arts

From time to time I receive e-mails from young people wanting to enter the field of music composition. They ask for advice on how to “break into the industry”, how … Continue reading

July 10, 2013 · 1 Comment

New Lute – New Music!

While Will Tocaben is transcribing my new piece from the traditional notation into the Baroque tablature, he is also waiting for his new instrument to be built. Here is the … Continue reading

July 1, 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

Baroque Notation for Lute

Will Tocaben, for whom I have been writing my lute piece, sent me his initial comments. The words “gorgeous” and “falling on the lute perfectly” have been used. Now, I … Continue reading

June 19, 2013 · 1 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

New Piece for Baroque Lute

I have a strong first draft of my Baroque lute piece I have been writing for Will Tocaben. I am going to give it a rest tomorrow and come back … Continue reading

June 15, 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

Where Does a Talent Come From?

Where does a talent come from? It’s a lucky combination of genes, sometimes from the immediate ancestors, and sometimes from generations far beyond our knowledge. Here is a photograph of … Continue reading

June 3, 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

Facebook Milestone – 2000 Followers

2000 is a very nice number. And so far no sign of the Y2K bug. https://www.facebook.com/dosiamckay

May 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Constraints and Freedom of Art

I’m going very slowly through Bertrand Russell’s A History of Western Philosophy, refreshing on some long forgotten concepts and discovering new ones. I marvel at the different models of society … Continue reading

May 24, 2013 · Leave a comment

New Sounds at the Electro-Music Festival in Asheville

I spent two days at the Asheville Electro-Music Festival (http://emavl.com/), soaking up many wonderful sounds I am not accustomed to and getting a fill of good drum grooves. I saw … Continue reading

May 21, 2013 · 4 Comments

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

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

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

Dosia McKay – Composer Portrait – Part 1

If we have not met in person, this might be the second best. In this candid video I discuss my pathway to composition, the sources of inspiration for my music, and … Continue reading

March 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

String Quartet Premiere in New York – March 10

My new string quartet will be premiered on March 10 at 1:00 pm on the Composer’s Voice Concert in Jan Hus Presbyterian Church in New York by Josh Henderson, Blake … Continue reading

March 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

New String Quartet – Rehearsal via Skype

Skyping the rehearsal of my new string quartet. Unfortunately the speed of the connection was not sufficient to handle the audio and the sound was very choppy. Maybe next time … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · Leave a comment

New String Quartet – Is Now Not Enough?

I am pleased to announce that I have finished writing a new string quartet. I have entitled it “Is Now Not Enough?”, as the music explores the restlessness and insatiability … Continue reading

February 4, 2013 · Leave a comment

Composing a String Quartet – Behind the Scenes Look

This is a fragment of a MIDI print from my new string quartet. The scattered rectangles represent the notes and the vertical lines their velocities. Blue = violin 1, red … Continue reading

January 31, 2013 · 3 Comments
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