Recording Minor Vices: Misdemeanors

On July 13th Minor Vices got together to record Misdemeanors, a structured improvisation by Chris Burns. The 26 short movements of the piece set rules for the ensemble to follow while they play. In addition to being great music, excellent performances, and absolute fun, we got to break in new recording equipment and fully use a space we’ve occupied for years.

Minor Vices is: Chris Burns, David Collins, Adam Murphy, Trevor Saint, Kevin Schlei, Amanda Schoofs, and Seth Warren-Crow. Steve Schlei was the recording engineer.

WWDC Pics and Update

WWDC has been incredible so far. Even waiting in line (not uncommon) means meeting tons of enthusiastic and friendly developers. The sessions have been fantastic. The upcoming API improvements are going to make things much easier, and there are some incredible new technologies I’ll be dropping into my apps.

I’ve met with Apple engineers in Core Audio, Cocoa Touch, and UI Designers to chat about my apps and approaches to improving interface development. It’s been great to ask the API designers how my interface approach can be better organized. I’ve learned a lot and there is still more to go!

Heading to WWDC

Next week I’ll be heading out to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. It looks to be an incredible opportunity to meet other developers, Apple engineers, and check out whatever new is announced. If you’d like to keep track of things, chances are I’ll be tweeting away (@BitShapeSoft).


Tabla Demo

On Tuesday I visited Adam Murphy’s composition studies class at Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School to demonstrate the basics of tabla performance. Adam lectured on Indian classical music structure and I talked a bit on rhythmic theory. The students were all attentive and sharp, and had some great questions. Hopefully I’ll see them at the next Indian classical music concert here in town.

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Trevor Saint + Alligator Char


Monday night (November 12), Trevor Saint will be performing at the UWM Recital Hall at 7:30 pm. The first half of the program is a set of works for solo glockenspiel, mostly with electronics — including works by Matthew Burtner, Jeff Herriott, and Eric Sheffield/Anna Weisling, as well as a performance of Chris Burns’ work “Opalescence”. The second half of the program is a reprise of my work “Alligator Char”, with David Collins, Adam Murphy, Kevin Schlei, Amanda Schoofs, and Seth Warren-Crow joining Trevor in a structured ensemble improvisation. Trevor is an incredibly dynamic performer, and this will be a terrific event.

Monday, November 12
7:30 pm
PSOA Music Building Recital Hall

3223 N. Downer Ave.

TORCH – LIVE November 7th

TORCH is set to play a concert of original and classic works on November 7th at the Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall, 7:30 pm. The concert is free and open to the public, and should be an exciting debut of the ensemble.

I’m really happy with the way the group has come along since our first rehearsals, and also with the energy that they bring each week when we get together. I hope you can join us for a great concert!

TORCH is the TC-11 Orchestra. The ensemble includes: Chris Burns, Mary Francis, Bill Heinrichs, Brian Lynch, Michelle McKenzie, Adam Murphy, Elliot Patros, Grant Richter, Kevin Schlei, Steve Schlei, Jim Schoenecker.

TORCH – Nov. 7th, 7:30, PSOA Recital Hall

Tabla Solo

My first tabla recital has come and gone, and I wanted to post my short solo. It was fun to get out there and play, and the crowd was generous and supportive. Afterwards I had the extreme pleasure of hearing Ustad Shahid Parvez Khan play an incredible concert with my tabla instructor Hindole Majumdar. What a great evening.

Click on the thumbnail for the tabla solo:


MINOR VICES – Performance at the Borg Ward


Next Wednesday Night, August 29, I’ll be joining some excellent musicians to perform music by Christopher Burns. The show will feature some heavy improvisation with formal instruction. We had a rehearsal last night, and all I can say is that the pieces are a blast to perform. The lineup:

David Collins, sax
Adam Murphy, clarinet
Trevor Saint, percussion
Kevin Schlei, percussion
Amanda Schoofs, voice
Seth Warren-Crow, drums

Wednesday, August 29
8:00 pm
Borg Ward Gallery

823 W. National Ave.