Summits premiere at Soundwaves, March 20, 2019!

I hope you can join me for the world premiere of Summits on March 20!

Summits is a new song cycle using texts I have collected over the last decade while hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains. Each song is based on entries I have documented in various summit registers (notebooks often found at the top of mountain trails). These personal chronicles from regional pinnacles portray the wisdom, humility, and humor that can only be found on a mountain peak.

Summits is written for voice, string quartet, and guitar/accordion, and I am happy to be joined by singer Joanna Wallfisch and the Koan Quartet in bringing it to life.

We will premiere Summits at the Soundwaves Concert Series on March 20 in celebration of their 50th event!

7:30pm
Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Soundwaves Concert Series
FREE

Martin Luther King Auditorium
Santa Monica Public Library
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Happy New Year!

Very soon, I’ll share information about some upcoming shows this winter/spring 🙂

Polytope live at LAX Festival, Oct. 17 and 19

Treat your senses to the sonic/visual mandala of Polytope, performed live at the Think Tank Gallery on October 17 and 19 as part of the LAX Festival!

Musicians Erin Barnes, Cory Beers, and Andrew Lessman will join me in performing this work of JI electronic minimalism and live feed video shadow play.

You can get tickets from the LAX Festival website. I hope to see you there!

Think Tank Gallery
939 Maple Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 9001

Polytope album out 9/28 via Orenda Records!

Polytope’s 15 tracks recall classic experimental electronic albums such as Terry Riley’s Shri Camel, Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works Volume II, Laurie Spiegel’s The Expanding Universe, or Eliane Radigue’s Trilogie de la Mort. Sequenza 21 called Polytope “an extraordinary piece of musical and visual art… that is both accessible and compelling,” SF Gate hailed it as “a mesmerizing visual and musical spectacle,” and The Stranger described it as “gamelan from Pluto—or maybe ’70s Philip Glass as interpreted by Harry Partch on his Cloud-Chamber Bowls.”

Check out the preview track Square 2 from Polytope!

Polytope Press

Here’s some of the press from the recent premiere and tour of Polytope 🙂

  • Sequenza 21: “Polytope is an extraordinary piece of musical and visual art… that is both accessible and compelling.”
  • The Stranger: “After five minutes of this silvery, undulant tintinnabulation, I was ready to evaporate into another more sparkly and stimulating dimension than the one in which we currently suffer. This piece sounds like gamelan from Pluto—or maybe ’70s Philip Glass as interpreted by Harry Partch on his Cloud-Chamber Bowls.”
  • New Classic LA (Interview) “Daniel Corral’s latest work, Polytope, premieres at Automata as part of this year’s MicroFest, who have named their season after it. We were lucky that Daniel had a minute to answer some questions about this piece…”
  • 24700: “Composer, CalArts faculty and alumnus Daniel Corral (Music MFA 07) presents the live debut of his latest release Polytope to Automata in Los Angeles on Sunday (March 18). The concert is the featured performance of this year’s MicroFest 2018.”
  • SF Gate: “A mesmerizing visual and musical spectacle”
  • MetalJazz “Musicians who know the turf”
  • The Rest is Noise Miscellany

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Polytope world premiere, March 18!

polytope square image

I hope you can join me on March 18 for the world premiere of Polytope, a microtonal multimedia piece I’ve been working on for the last year. Polytope is part of MicroFest 2018, and in fact the 2018 festival season was named after it!

I started work on Polytope in January 2017 at the Banff Centre, and am thrilled to finally premiere it. Polytope builds on my solo electronic performances Diamond Pulses and Comma, but expanded to a quartet of musicians. I’ll be joined in premiering and touring Polytope by Erin Barnes, Cory Beers, and Andrew Lessman.

Polytope world premiere
Sun, 3/18/18, 8pm

Automata
504 Chung King Court
Los Angeles, CA 90012

$15 / $12 Automata members

Polytope will also play in Seattle and San Francisco:

Polytope coming in March

Excerpt from Polytope:

I’m very excited to announce the premiere of Polytope this coming March! Polytope is a multimedia microtonal performance for MIDI quartet.

To perform Polytope, I’ll be joined by Erin Barnes, Cory Beers, and Andrew Lessoman.

Performed entirely in darkness, it’s a mesmerizing dance of silhouettes of fingers over colorful glowing MIDI buttons, captured on live feed video and projected large and bright as a moving, visual score. Polytope is rhythmically charged in the vein of musical minimalists such as Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, or Arnold Dreyblatt, but harmonically inspired by the microtonal explorations of James Tenney, Erv Wilson, or Harry Partch. The multimedia style of presentation is somewhere between a string quartet, Kraftwerk, James Turrell, and an Indonesian dhalang (master shadow puppeteer).

Three performances of Polytope are scheduled in March:

  • Automata, Los Angeles, March 18
  • Wayward Music Series, Good Shepherd Chapel in Seattle, March 23
  • Center for New Music in San Francisco, March 25.

MORE INFO SOON!

 

 

Circle Limit III

Circle Limit III, commissioned and premiered by Los Angeles Electric 8 at Disney Hall. Photo by Carl Pocket

Circle Limit III is a guitar octet commissioned by the Los Angeles Electric 8, and premiered on November 18 at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of Noon to Midnight. Below is some of the press from that event. A recording of Circle Limit III is coming in 2018, so stay tuned!

    • Mark Swed, LA Times ” … a stunning wall of sound as aural complement to Gehry’s steel.”
    • Sequenza 21 “…Circle Limit III, by Daniel Corral, gracefully flowed outward in a warm ambient wash. The piece was never static… with the sound rising, falling and slowly shimmering in the bright afternoon sunshine. The harmonies were lush and comforting and worked to subvert the frenetic sounds of traffic out in the street. Circle Limit III was perfectly chosen for the sidewalk and fully captured the imagination of the crowd – listening and looking down Grand Avenue became a strangely calming and unexpectedly peaceful experience.”
    • KPFK Concert premiere promo

Fall materializing!

It’s been a hectic summer, and fall concerts are slowly materializing. Much more info will be coming soon, including a performance of Refractions on dublab.comDiamond Pulses performance at Ham and Eggs, some shows in the bay area, and more!

Diamond Pulses at Boston Court, July 9

Diamond Pulses, cover art by Eron Rausch
Diamond Pulses, cover art by Eron Rausch

On July 9, Aron Kallay and Vicki Ray will perform a 2 keyboard arrangement of Diamond Pulses at Boston Court as part of DuoFest!

Diamond Pulses was originally a solo multimedia electronic piece that was released as an album on Orenda Records in 2015.

I hope to see you there!


If you’d like to hear the original version, I will be peforming it at The Island of Misfit Toys Vol. 31 (at La Cita in downtown LA) on July 4!

 

Refractions now available!

I am very excited to share my new album, Refractions! It is available now from Populist Records.

Refractions

I’m very excited to announce that my new album Refractions will be released by Populist Records!

Refractions features performances by guitarist Jeremy Kerner, the Isaura String Quartet, and myself.

I hope you will join me on the evening of May 6 for an album release show at Automata!

front cover jpg
Refractions cover artwork by Joyce Nojima

Refractions album release show
8pm, May 6
Automata
504 Chung King Court
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Ticket info coming soon!


Refractions is a 44 minute electro-acoustic chamber piece that expands on my 10 years of exploring the sonic and sculptural possibilities of music boxes. Composed for string quartet, electric guitar, and electronically processed music box, Refractions combines ethereal ambient electronics with contemplative acoustic timbres.

On May 6, Refractions will be performed live by guitarist Jeremy Kerner, the Koan Quartet, and myself.

I am also thrilled to have Rahman Baranghoori (vocals and violin) and Timothy Maloof (violin) perform a duo set of improvisations and songs based on Persian Mugam and Arabic Maqamat (modes).


The album features fantastic performances by guitarist Jeremy Kerner, the Isaura String Quartet, and myself.

The artwork is by Joyce Nojima, with graphic design by Jennifer Bewerse.

Refractions was recorded and mixed at Catasonic Studios, and mastered by Mulholland Music.

Refractions artwork by Joyce Nojima
Refractions artwork by Joyce Nojima

Goodbye, 2016

Here’s a sort of threnody for 2016, which I made on Black Friday, thinking about Pauline Oliveros.

One Line sketch

Here is a sketch of an electronic piece I’m currently working out. It uses a 7-note just intonation scale from a Lou Harrison book (basically a JI Dorian).

Trios for Two Kickstarter

Danny Holt and Molly Gebrian have recorded my Ultramarine, and it will be included in their upcoming Trios for Two album on Innova Recordings! Check out their Kickstarter campaign and consider supporting the album.

Comma at REDCAT!

I am excited to say that I will perform Comma on August 4-6 as part of New Original Works Festival at REDCAT! There will also be works by Wilfried Souly and I am a Boys Choir!

Here is an excerpt of Comma, which will feature 4-channel sound and live feed video projections!

Also, some of my music was used in the video trailer for NOW Festival 2016! Check it out:

Diamond Pulses on LA Artstream!

I had a great time playing Diamond Pulses on Alan Nakagawa’s Ear Meal webcast last night! Here is a video of that performance from LA Artstream:

Crippled Justice #2: (44:47:50:53)

Here’s a video for a sample-based drone piece I recently made, called Crippled Justice #2 (44:47:50:53). It sounds best with headphones or through nice speakers, if you have those things available.

The name comes from Morton Feldman’s idea of “Crippled Symmetry,” but applied to the piece’s imperfect implication of just intonation. It’s the second piece like it that I’ve made.

Hopefully you don’t need this info to enjoy it, but here’s a little bit on the tuning. It’s based on a Pythagorean pentatonic chord. Each note of that chord played in 4 tight near-unisons at the ratio 44:47:50:53. Upper partials of the fundamental are also highlighted.

X-Ray Glass

Here are some sound collage pieces I recently put together, using minimalist phase techniques on (mostly) punk rock materials. It’s called X-Ray Glass, continuing my exploration of albums beginning with the letter X.

Diamond Pulses CD release show this Saturday, Sept. 12!!!

This Saturday, September 12, there will be a CD release show at Automata for my new album on Diamond Pulses, with special guests Danny Holt and Mike Robbins!

There will be two shows at 8 and 10pm, and I will perform Diamond Pulses at both. The 8pm show will also feature Mike Robbins and Danny Holt in a rare duo performance of Workers Union, a seminal and uncompromising work of musical minimalism by Dutch composer Louis Andriessen. The 10pm show will feature a performance by Danny Holt of Philip Glass’ Two Pages, an early exploration of additive processes derived from his time working with Ravi Shankar.

Stream the album now from Orenda Records’ Bandcamp page:

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Saturday, September 12, 8pm and 10pm
Automata
504 Chung King Court
Los Angeles CA 90012

8pm:
• Workers Union, performed by Danny Holt and Mike Robbins
• Diamond Pulses, performed by Daniel Corral

10pm:
• Two Pages, peformed by Danny Holt
• Diamond Pulses, performed by Daniel Corral

But tickets online here:
https://www.artful.ly/store/events/6883#

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Daniel Corral’s Diamond Pulses is a 32 minute aural experience combining electronic polyrhythms, microtonal tuning systems, classical minimalist influences, and noisy ambiance to open new sonic dimensions. Constantly evolving minimalist grooves recall Terry Riley or Cluster. The microtonal tuning systems recall Harry Partch, James Tenney, or Arnold Dreyblatt. Meanwhile, the counterpoint of noisy washes recalls the sound of ocean waves on the shore.

This performance of Diamond Pulses will feature projections of live video of the piece’s colorful interactive score.

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Mike Robbins and Danny Holt will also perform several seminal works of musical minimalism. At 8pm, they will play a duo version of Louis Andriessen’s Workers Union, a minimalist masterpiece written for “any loud sounding group of instruments.” At 10pm, Danny Holt will play “Two Pages” by Philip Glass, an early exploration of additive processes derived from his time working with Ravi Shankar. Robbins is the director of Eighteen Squared, a new music ensemble specializing in the music of Steve Reich. Holt is a virtuosic pianist described as described as “the classical music equivalent of an extreme sports athlete” (The Record).

Danny Holt’s website:
http://dannyholt.net/

Mike Robbins’ website:
http://highstimulation.com/

Diamond Pulses

I’m excited to announce Diamond Pulses, my new album! Diamond Pulses is a 32-minute musical experience combining just-tuned harmonies, driving minimalist rhythms, noisy ambiance, and electronic timbres.

It will be released as CD and download by Orenda Records on September 12. It features artwork and design by Eron Rausch, and was mastered by Daniel Rosenboom.

There will be an album release show at Automata on Sept. 12. More info on that very soon! Stream the piece here then head over to Orenda Records to buy your copy!

Refractions this weekend!

I’ll be performing Refractions, a new piece for music box and electronics, twice this weekend!


Saturday night at Irisphere Visual Arts:

refractions-music-event-copy


and Friday night at Battery Bookschandelier

June info soon

I’ll have a few chamber music performances in June to announce soon!

In the meantime, here’s an electronic piece I made recently. It fades in slowly, so have a bit of patience at the beginning.

Website update

I did some under-the-hood updates to this website. If you’ve been here before, things might look just a tiny bit different. Some upcoming shows and recording release info will be coming soon!

The Last Few Days

A friend I grew up with back in Alaska passed away recently, and I made this in response. It was mostly for myself, and I wasn’t originally going to share it with anyone, but changed my mind. It starts silently and has a very slow fade in. Best heard on headphones or with nice speakers.

New concert recordings online

I’ve finally had a chance to upload two concert recordings of premieres from 2014!

PROGRESS (2014)
Violin and Viola. Premiered November 21, 2014 at MorYork by Story Water
“Progress” by Daniel Corral


PRAYER FOR THE WORLD – 10:00 (2013)
SATB choir and organ. Premiered June 1, 2014 by the All Saints Coventry and Canterbury choirs
“Prayer for the World” by Daniel Corral


Also, check out this electroacoustic piece for music box movement and electronics:

Refractions v1

2015 has been a whirlwind thus far! I’ve been recording Collapse with TDM and playing on the east coast tour, including a show at Joe’s Pub as part of the Prototype Festival.

Unrelated to TDM, here is a new piece I’ve been working on, for music box movement and electronics:

Support Imminent COLLAPSE Album!

Timur and the Dime Museum is making an album of COLLAPSE!

TimurDM_2014_02This past spring, I premiered COLLAPSE with Timur and the Dime Museum at REDCAT, and it traveled to Miami Light Project and Operadagen Rotterdam. Developed by Beth Morrison Projects, one of the leading U.S. producers of contemporary music works, COLLAPSE is a piece that I wrote as a “post-ecological requiem.” Each song is about a different man-made natural disaster, following the traditional form of a requiem.

The live show was transformed into an amazing multimedia experience with costumes and interactive video, and I was really proud of how it turned out. We’ve gotten a lot of great press, including the LA Times, Miami Herald, Financial Times, LA Weekly, and others. COLLAPSE will continue in 2015 with shows in New York and beyond.

mg-3845-verkleind-425x320In order to fully realize this piece, we are creating an album of COLLAPSE! We’re trying to do it right, which involves more of a budget than our previous recording projects. From start to finish, the process will cost us over $13,500. For independent artists like us, this is something of a challenge. So, we’re turning to our friends and supporters to help fund this project! The future of COLLAPSE is in your hands. All money raised will be used to create an amazing recording of COLLAPSE, helping spread awareness of the important environmental issues addressed in the piece.

All donations to COLLAPSE are tax-deductible, and we have lots of perks and rewards. Payments can be made via credit card, paypal, or check.

Our deadline for raising this amount is December 7! Please check out our fundraising page and consider supporting COLLAPSE:

http://www.timurandthedimemuseum.com/collapse

This is a pivotal moment in scale for me and for TDM, and I’m hoping you will be able to help us transition towards bigger and even more exciting projects.

Check out this great video Timur made in support of our fundraiser!

Asterisms

I’m back in LA, and there is a lot brewing, including several shows coming before Thanksgiving. More info soon!

Here is a video for Asterisms, one of the sound installations I made over the last month at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

Asterisms is an interactive sound installation comprised of directional music boxes floating through space. The audience is free to move through the space, winding up any and/or all of the music boxes and discovering aleatoric constellations in their spatial and aural collusions.

Playing at The Series at Ace Hotel, 8/28

On August 28, I’ll be playing the following piece as part of Nicole Disson’s THE SERIES. Our performance will feature poetry by Mandy Kahn, and I’ll be joined in the music by Timothy Maloof, David Celia, and Eli Miller. However, there are loads of other performances throughout the evening!

DISLIKE clip

I am finally going through my documentation from the last year!

Here is a 5 minute clip of Dislike, which was premiered at REDCAT’s 2013 NOW Festival! It features Free Reed Conspiracy and The Peoples Microphony Camerata.

DISLIKE is a 21st century operatic documentation of a unique repository for the darker emotions swirling around the Internet. The sinister side of online anonymity and open-forum communication is examined by deconstructing 24-hours worth of comments on the most “disliked” video on YouTube. Taken as a singular libretto, the result is a surreal text full of anger, naivety, homophobia, desperation, and mischief. Meanwhile, eight accordions create a lush, post-ambient sonic environment inspired by a time-stretched interpretation of that video’s song. The resulting dichotomy depicts the Jungian shadow of the digital collective unconscious.

Composed by Daniel Corral
Free Reed Conspiracy:
  • James Barry
  • Daniel Corral, director
  • Leah Harmon
  • Diana Hobstetter/Mrs. Hobbs
  • Chris Porter
  • Jason Savvy
  • Christoffer Schunk
  • Max Wanderman
The People’s Microphony Camerata:
  • Cynthia Paige Aaron
  • Andrew Choate
  • Rachel Finkelstein
  • Michele Jaquis
  • Andrea Sáenz

Collapse, March 27-29 at REDCAT!

Hey, I will be premiering a new piece with Timur and the Dime Museum at REDCAT at the end of March! Below is info on the show. Get your tickets now!

Composed by Daniel Corral and produced by Beth Morrison Projects, COLLAPSE is a vividly sardonic show with interactive visuals and satiric songs about the environmental catastrophes caused by humans.

Envisioned as a theatrical requiem, different stories are refracted through the hauntingly eclectic sound of the four-member band through accordion/keys, bass, guitar and drums. The vibrant voice of the Kazakh-American tenor TIMUR, playing the role of Moloch, a God of human sacrifice, brings urgent dramatic figuration to laments of environmental degradation past, present and future. Composer Corral’s approach to COLLAPSE focuses on reimagining the traditional requiem form into a band-driven song cycle for the 21st century.

Live-mixed projections by the award-winning video artist Jesse Gilbert (World Technology Network fellow), and costumes of the LA fashion designer Victor Wilde of the Bohemian Society (Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week 2014), will further create a raucous portrait of the human-made impact on the planet.

Following the world-premiere at REDCAT, Collapse will travel to Miami Light Project and Operadagen Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Dislike at NOW Festival 2013!

I am excited to say that Dislike will be presented during the third week of the 2013 NOW Festival!

Dislike exposes the dark side of online anonymity and open-forum communication by constructing a libretto from commentary on YouTube’s most “disliked” video. As the eight-piece accordion orchestra Free Reed Conspiracy envelops the listener in a lush and comforting sonic world, members of The People’s Microphony Camerata speak and sing user-posted comments—a surreal text filled with anger, mischief, naivety, homophobia and desperation. Dislike is a 21st century operatic testament to the breadth of emotions swirling around the Internet.

Three Squares in the Shape of A. Pärt

Here is audio of Richard Valitutto performing my Three Squares in the Shape of A. Pärt at the Hammer Museum! Three Squares in the Shape of A. Pärt is for solo toy piano. It was presented at Richard’s Inner Child, Old Soul concert on Sept. 15, 2012 as part of Wild Up’s residency at the Museum.

PART 1: Clockwise

PART 2: Static

PART 3: Counter-clockwise

The score consists of three square images and transparencies with musical staves that are to be layed over the images. There is a variety of image/score combinations and orientations, which gives the performer a choice in how they would like to interact with the piece. Below is an example of one of those ways.

 

DISLIKE, 03/01 at the Electric Lodge

 

On March 1, I will premiere Dislike at the Electric Lodge in Venice, CA!

Dislike exposes the dark side of online anonymity and open-forum communication by deconstructing 24-hours worth of comments on the most-disliked video on YouTube, the music video for Justin Beiber’s “Baby.” Members of The People’s Microphony Camerata speak and sing a text taken from comments left on the video’s YouTube page. Taken as a singular libretto, the result is a surreal text full of of anger, naivety, homophobia, desperation, and mischief. DISLIKE is a 21st century operatic documentation of a unique repository for the darker emotions swirling around the internet.

Meanwhile, members of Free Reed Conspiracy will create a post-ambient soundscape with 8 accordions.  In contrast to the extremity of the libretto, the musical accompaniment for DISLIKE creates a lush, enveloping sonic world in which one can be simultaneously comforted and disturbed by the tenacity of the text. The result is a surprising blend of Brian Eno, Robert Ashley, and Raymond & Peter’s “Shut Up, Little Man.”

Dislike is part of High Voltage, a new series at the Electric Lodge featuring new works by local LA artists. All shows are free, and start at 9pm!

ADDRESS: 1416 Electric Ave, Venice, CA 90291

New Audio!

I’ve finally started sifting through concert audio from 2012, and will be putting up more mp3’s in the near future! Here are two pieces from a concert at Mimoda on November 7, 2012. One is a solo cello piece commissioned and premiered by Maksim Velichkin, and the other is my own performance of a solo work for accordion and laptop.

SOLO FOR ACCORDION AND LAPTOP– 16:45 (2012)
Solo Accordion and Laptop

DIASPORIC MUSIC #7: IDENTITY– 7:41 (2012)
Solo Cello

X-Ray Sunsets

Happy 2013!

Timur and the Dime Museum just finished a run of shows at the forward-thinking Prototype Festival in New York, where we premiered our new album, X-Ray Sunsets! It’s currently only available at our shows, but will be more readily available soon. I wrote, recorded, mixed, and produced it, so it’s something I’m quite proud of.

There are a whole slew of musical projects coming up in the next few months, so stay tuned for more info!

LA Canon

I am excited to premiere 3 new pieces on September 30 at the wulf!

I will play one solo piece on Woodstock Chimes and 2 Casio Keyboards (an SK-5 and and SK-1). Then, Christine Tavolacci will rock a solo flute piece that we’ve been working on (part 6 of my Diasporic Music series). Finally, there will be a piece for a whole bunch of suspended cymbals and gongs, called LA Canon.

Come down and listen! It’s free, as all concerts are at the wulf!

Chimes and Casios
performed by Daniel Corral

Diasporic Music #6: Histories
performed by Christine Tavolacci

LA Canon
performed by a larger group

Here’s the wulf’s webpage for more info:
http://thewulf.org/

2’42” Moscow

Please enjoy this second installment of 2’42”

2’42” is an online series that reflects on the evolving nature of duration and form in this globalized new millenium.
A claim has been made that 2 minutes and 42 seconds is the perfect length for a pop song. This statement has been circling the internet, independently initiated by bloggers Joshua Allen and John Scalzi. It has been perpetuated by the likes of Boing BoingWiredNPR, and many more.
2’42” takes that statement to heart. Music written and/or recorded in cities around the world has been “corrected” to fit that “perfect pop song” length of 2:42. Each track is named after the city where its source material originated.
A single installment of 2’42” will be released online every week until further notice. As they are released, they will be available for free on sites like BandcampSoundcloudSonic SquirrelInternet ArchivesReverbnationYoutube, and Vimeo.
Previous installments of 2’42”:

2’42” Cologne

Allow me to introduce 2’42”

2’42” is an online series that reflects on the evolving nature of duration and form in this globalized new millenium.

A claim has been made that 2 minutes and 42 seconds is the perfect length for a pop song. This statement has been circling the internet, independently initiated by bloggers Joshua Allen and John Scalzi. It has been perpetuated by the likes of Boing Boing, Wired, NPR, and many more.

2’42” takes that statement to heart. Music written and/or recorded in cities around the world has been “corrected” to fit that “perfect pop song” length of 2:42. Each track is named after the city where its source material originated.

A single installment of 2’42” will be released online every week until further notice. They will be made available for free on sites like Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Sonic Squirrel, Internet Archives, Youtube, and Vimeo.

Please enjoy this first installment: Cologne


Mid-August Update

It’s been a crazy year, and I’ve got a few projects in the works right now:

• An upcoming concert at the wulf in late September
• Editing tracks for a new Timur and the Dime Museum album!
• Finishing up some old commissions
• An online music project – details to be revealed soon.

In the meantime, check out my music blog, AUSCULTATIONS, and/or listen to the studio recording of my recent puppet opera, Zoophilic Follies:

August

Whew, what a year!

I’ll be spending August mostly arranging/recording/editing recordings for a new Dime Museum album. Stay tuned!

VSMMRD @ REDCAT


If you are in LA this weekend, I strongly suggest coming down to REDCAT tonight (7/27) or tomorrow (7/28) to experience Opera Povera’s staging of Pauling OliverosFor Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation!

I will be playing accordion and conducting an amazing sextet of musicians including Eric KM Clark, David Tranchina, Christine Tavolacci, Erin Breen Armstrong, Chris Kallmyer, and Matt Barbier. On top of that, operatic soprano Julianna Snapper and performer Carolyn Shoemaker will interact with the otherworldly staging of Opera Povera artistic director Sean Griffin, including an offstage 7-person choir, various electronics, gravity-defying furniture, child actors, and much more.

It is all part of the first week of REDCAT’s NOW Festival, which also includes work by Poor Dog Group and Susan Simpson. Last night’s opening sold out, so get your tickets ASAP!

And if you are kind enough to let us bask in your imminent opulence, consider checking out Sean Griffin’s US Projects fundraiser. Every dollar pledged will be matched by the Cheswatyr Music Commissioning Fund!

Summertime

Here is a nice review of the recording of Zoophilic Follies by Times Quotidian columnist Alan Berman.

“That he is comfortable drawing from the whole world of music is no surprise given his musical pursuits, nor that the results are entertaining, beautiful, and interesting.”

You can still stream the entire album online or purchase it for only $5 on Bandcamp:


A few things coming up this summer, including an awesome show this Sunday with Timur and the Dime Museum, Dorian Wood, and Maesa! Almost the whole cast of Zoophilic Follies reunited for an indelible evening of incorrigible music!

In late July, I’ll be conducting Pauline OliverosTo Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation… at REDCAT’s 2012 New Original Works Festival. Masterminded by Opera Povera impressario Sean Griffin, this will be an amazing performance!

Besides that, this summer is for regrouping and rebuilding after a long stretch of hard work… hoping to get outside and see some sunsets/sunrises, and write some music with this Dali quote in mind: “Have no fear of perfection – you’ll never reach it.”

Zoophilic Follies album now available!


The music for the acclaimed puppet opera, Zoophilic Follies, is now available for digital download from Bandcamp (also coming soon to Reverbnation, iTunes, Amazon, etc.)! For only $5 you can have the entire piece, plus a PDF with the libretto.

“The adventurous puppet theater company Tandem and groundbreaking glam opera band Timur and the Dime Museum have joined forces in Daniel Corral’s new puppet-opera, Zoophilic Follies. With comedic relish, Zoophilic Follies, explores the lesser-known stories about the famed inventor Daedalus and illuminates how technology can give flight to our wildest dreams and gruesesome failures.”

The premiere of Zoophilic Follies boasted an all-star ensemble of talented artists! The libretto Follies was written by Sibyl O’Malley; it was sung by Timur Bekbosunov, Maesa Rae, Abby Travis, and Dorian Wood; the music was performed by Timur and the Dime Museum; Caitlin Lainoff and Danrae Wilson directed; and I wrote the music. Please give it a listen:

Auscultations

I see a lot of things online that I think people might enjoy, so I started a music blog called AUSCULTATIONS. Check it out!

December

What a crazy fall it’s been!

Zoophilic Follies premiered at Redcat, Sigils premiered at Pianospheres – seems like I’ve been working straight since August…

Now it’s off to Kazakhstan to work with Anne Lebaron and Timur Bekbosunov on The Silent Steppe Cantata!

After that, I will be finishing up a whole slew of recording projects, including a Dime Museum album, a studio recording of Zoophilic Follies, and an album of my Diasporic Music series.

See you soon!

Pianospheres Review

Pianospheres was a blast on Tuesday! Vicki rocked a lot of difficult premieres, and it sounded wonderful! Check out a review of the concert in the LA TImes:


What’s next


The NOW Festival was a blast, but alas it is over… My puppet opera, Zoophilic Follies, was a hit! We are going into the studio to make a decent recording of the music, so stay tuned for that

Last night I played a new piece for accordion and laptop that streamed live on Ear Meal! Thanks goes out to Alan Nakagawa for having me on. The video is streaming on the Ear Meal website, so check it out!

Timur and the Dime Museum will be travelling up the coast in a few weeks to perform a few shows in Seattle and Portland. More info soon!

Summertime

What a great month!

A whole slew of shows went wonderfully – so good to see and hear so many people

Lots of recording over the next few months!

Timur and the Dime Museum is recording a second album, and I am also putting together an album of my Diasporic Music pieces thus far.

In the meantime, here is an mp3 of Matt Barbier premiering Diasporic Music #5: Travel, at the Donald Wright Auditorium in downtown Pasadena:

DIASPORIC MUSIC #5: TRAVEL– 6:52 (2011)

Upcoming shows

June 29
Orin Hildestad and Matt Barbier will play two of my Diasporic Music pieces at a Dogstar Orchestra concert. Orin will play #4 and Matt will play #5. They will be paired with some of Lucky Mosko’s Indigenous Music, which they were partially named after. The concert is curated by Christine Tavolacci. 8pm at Calarts’ Wild Beast.

July 1
I’ll be doing a short solo set at HM157. It will be an awesome night of solo sets by Jessica Catron, Emily Lacy, Tamala Poljak, Stefan Nelson, and Marisa Anderson. Organized by Jessica Catron

July 3
The Wulf takes over MOCA! My accordion octet, Free Reed Conspiracy, will play my Neotrope. Not only that, my giant music boxes will be on display, as well as a new card set called Excursions. Come on down from 1-4pm!

June

Some fun things happening this summer! Getting Free Reed Conspiracy together again to play a show at the downtown LA Library. It’s a closed event unfortunately, but some other potential shows are in the works with that group this summer…

Also, started recording a new Dime Museum album. All original songs, unlike the last one.

In the meantime, a little video of my first Max/MSP patch with a contact mic and a single music box:

LOLO AND LOLA site link

I’ve added a link to the LOLO AND LOLA website.
Lolo and Lola
LOLO AND LOLA is a puppet show about my grandparents during WWII in the Philippines: