Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Jackpot – New Composition Inspired by a Visit to a Casino

It is odd to imagine that a quick stroll through a casino would become an inspiration for a new composition for a chamber group, yet the surround-sound cacophony of blips, … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Color Me Blue – New Music for Soprano Sax, 2 Vibraphones, and Bass

I am updating my score catalog and came across this fun piece for soprano saxophone, 2 vibraphones, and bass. Jazz meets counterpoint! http://www.dosiamckay.com/mp3/DosiaMcKay_colormeblue.mp3 http://www.dosiamckay.com/music/colormeblue.shtml

February 12, 2015 · 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

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

New Music for Vibraphone and String Quartet

My piece for vibraphone and string quartet is nearly completed. Today I have been revising dynamic markings and adding articulations. I wrote this piece for Jason DeCristofaro who plays both … Continue reading

May 7, 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

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

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

My Music on SoundCloud

You can now find some of my music on SoundCloud – listen, download, comment, or follow me.

October 28, 2011 · Leave a comment

Lush – New Jazz Piece for Soprano Saxophone, Piano, and Chamber Orchestra

I am very pleased to announce the completion of the recording of my new work for soprano saxophone, piano, and chamber orchestra. Please be sure to download the enclosed MP3 … Continue reading

April 21, 2010 · 1 Comment

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

Colargol – Music Influences, Polar Bears, and First Loves

It would be very sophisticated and high-brow to list Scriabin or Schoenberg as my musical influences. Brahms might be classy, and Bach perhaps too predictable. But in all truth and … Continue reading

December 18, 2007 · 4 Comments

Color Me Blue – new music for soprano saxophone, 2 vibraphones, and double bass

What happens when counterpoint meets jazz? Lot’s of interesting things. Colorful progressions, virtuoso solo passages, and a little bit of a “mood” are all found in my new composition Color … Continue reading

November 18, 2007 · 2 Comments

Tango for a Rainy Day – New Music for Piano Solo

I have finished writing a pice for piano solo called “Tango for a Rainy Day”. Rich and mellow jazz harmonies as well as dissonant counterpoint meet in the Tango, a … Continue reading

November 29, 2006 · Leave a comment
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