Music Well – Dosia McKay, Composer, Painter, Writer

Reflections on Art and Life

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

Impression for Piano Solo

Look at what I have unearthed for you! I composed “Impression” in 2007 when I was studying composition at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. At that time I was … Continue reading

December 8, 2015 · Leave a comment

Not Knowing

I remember that day a year ago. It was before I began composing “Endless Immersion”. I only had a general idea of what I wanted to do, too vague to … Continue reading

October 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Geometry, Language, and Music – My Path to Composition – Radio Interview on “Zero Crossings”

What do geometry, language, and music have in common? The ancestral shadows, George Michael, and creative loneliness – it’s all there. I am talking about my convoluted path to composition … Continue reading

August 11, 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

Submerged – New Music for Piano Solo

“Submerged” is one of my early compositions for piano solo. Ever since a pianist friend played for me “The Sunken Cathedral” by Claude Debussy in ninth grade, I felt enchanted … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 2 Comments

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

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

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

Composer Portrait, Part 1

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

February 18, 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

“First In Flight” for Vibraphone and String Quartet on NPR

It’s nice to be played on National Public Radio again. “First In Flight”, my composition for vibraphone and string quartet will be featured today on WUOT Knoxville’s Morning Concert hosted … Continue reading

January 9, 2015 · 1 Comment

Glossolalia on WPRB Radio – Classical Discoveries

Today Glossolalia will be featured by Princeton’s WPRB Classical Discoveries hosted by Marvin Rosen during the Viva 21 Century Marathon of music by contemporary composers. Tune in at 2:00 pm … Continue reading

December 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Working with the Cellist of NeoQuartet – Composer’s Perspective

It’s not a secret that cello is my most favorite of the string instruments, so I was looking forward to Krzysztof’s interpretations of my lyrical legato cello solos. But then … Continue reading

July 24, 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

Glossolalia Reviewed in Poland!

“The music is ecstatic and trance-inducing, strongly influencing emotions of the listener, even one who is not musically educated”. – from the recent review of Glossolalia by Ewa Palińska in … Continue reading

July 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

A Good Sound Engineer – Don’t Enter a Recording Studio Without One

As people continue to listen to “Glossolalia“, they send me comments about the composition, the incredible quality of performance by NeoQuartet, and the nuanced mix of the recording. I am … Continue reading

June 25, 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
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