Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

Pan Harmonia Commission

I am pleased to announce that I have received a commission from Kate Steinbeck of Pan Harmonia to compose a new work in celebration of Pan Harmonia’s 20th season. This project will be … Continue reading

August 19, 2018 · Leave a comment

Composing the Harpsichord Concerto

Enjoy a composer / painter studio visit while I share the inspiration, challenges, and discoveries in writing a harpsichord concerto.

August 8, 2018 · Leave a comment

Harpsichord Concerto, II – Ballade

Traditionally, the second movement of a concerto is a slow one, allowing the audience to catch a breath between fast sections, but giving no rest to the soloist whose virtuosity … Continue reading

August 2, 2018 · Leave a comment

Harpsichord Concerto

I am presently composing a concerto in three movements for harpsichord and string orchestra (4,4,4,2,1 or larger). The total length of the music will be approximately fifteen minutes. I hope … Continue reading

May 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Limitation as Freedom

I am discussing the concept of limitation in the context of artistic freedom. When I am faced with the whiteness of my creative page, I like to set limiting parameters … Continue reading

August 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Watercolors for Symphony Orchestra

When I take a break from music, I turn to painting. My favorite media are watercolors, acrylics, and ink. When the paint is introduced to a wet canvas, it takes … Continue reading

March 23, 2016 · Leave a comment

Women Composers in the 21st Century

Following is a list of women composers who are living (have lived) in the 21st century. This compilation focuses on composers of contemporary classical (art) and experimental music written for … Continue reading

February 19, 2016 · 1 Comment

Seven for Piano Solo

“Seven” – a newly completed piece for piano solo. A virtuosity fix of sorts. Colorful harmonies and cascading arpeggios. For virtuoso and advanced pianists. Get the score at http://dosiamckay.com/music/seven.shtml

December 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Triptych for Cello and Piano

I am going through some of my earlier scores and came across the Triptych for cello and piano. My fascination with the music of the early 20th century is evident … Continue reading

September 15, 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

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

“Unveiling” for String Orchestra

“Unveiling” written for string orchestra is an exploration of layers of sounds. Beginning with one solitary note, new aural strata gradually unfold in which multiple layers of counterpoint constantly shift, … Continue reading

April 30, 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

Dear Fans, I Need Your Help!

Dear Friends and Fans, I need your help! Please help me spread the word about my new album “Endless Immersion”. I have no agent, no publicity firm, and no organization … Continue reading

April 13, 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 is Live!

Endless Immersion is live! Today I am sending out all pre-orders and new orders. Are you ready to be immersed? http://tinyurl.com/kge5osr

April 9, 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

Endless Immersion Installation and the Magic Algorithm

The Endless Immersion installation and the creative process of composing the music for this unique environment. I discuss the double stereo loop design and the capabilities of the magic algorithm. … Continue reading

April 5, 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

Recording Studio Fashion

More studio fashion and drama. Clothing should always match the hardware. April 9 – Only 7 days left to the release of the Endless Immersion Album. http://www.dosiamckay.com/endlessimmersion.shtml

April 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Beijing New Music Festival Premiere

I am very honored to learn that my music will be featured at the Beijing Modern Music Festival in May. NeoQuartet will be performing selections from our latest recording Glossolalia. … Continue reading

March 30, 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

Recording Studio – Inspiring Spaces

Beautiful space at the Echo Moountain Recording Studios in Asheville where I recently worked on Endless Immersion. We didn’t master in this exact room, but I like to peek in … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 1 Comment

Mastering Endless Immersion

With sound engineer Julian Dreyer at the Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville during the mastering session for Endless Immersion. We worked together on the final mix concentrating on proper … Continue reading

March 15, 2015 · 1 Comment

Endless Immersion Installation – Peek Inside

An early peek into the Endless Immersion Installation. Much work left to do but all elements are slowly coming together. Working in earnest with visual artist Lynda Sondles. http://www.dosiamckay.com/endlessimmersion.shtml

March 14, 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

Do I Have To Conform?

This happened. A note from my dear, kindhearted film scoring teacher Ira Newborn while I was studying at NYU. He wrote it in my notebook after I told him that … Continue reading

March 11, 2015 · 2 Comments

Grit and Glitz on Princeton’s WPRB Classical Discoveries

Today “Grit and Glitz” was featured on the Princeton’s WPRB Classical Discoveries hosted by Marvin Rosen during the “In Praise of a Woman” music marathon devoted to American women composers. … Continue reading

March 4, 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

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

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

Expletivo – Music So Vulgar It Should Be Bleeped Out

This is high-brow art music, and so it is proper to hide behind a made-up Italian word like Expletivo, but the essence of this movement might be better expressed through … Continue reading

February 10, 2015 · 1 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

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 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 – New Album

Coming this spring! New album of music for string quartet. http://www.dosiamckay.com/glossolalia.shtml

March 26, 2014 · Leave a 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

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

Music Composition Statistics

Music composition is a very time consuming process. I usually like to schedule 3-4 weeks for a short chamber piece. The current vibraphone / string quartet piece took me about … Continue reading

May 10, 2013 · 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

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

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
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