Kingfishers… in Japan

One of my newest pieces, “Kingfishers Catch Fire,” will be available on CD this weekend in Japan. (The CD also includes an insanely impressive high school band performance of “Redline Tango.”) I received my copies yesterday.

“Kingfishers Catch Fire” is currently unavailable in the US, and the Japanese consortium members have exclusivity until December. I’ll be publicly releasing the audio of the piece sometime after September 15. I’m pretty excited about the piece. So far, US performances are scheduled by a high school at Midwest, by Florida State University, by the UCLA Wind Ensemble, and by the Texas All-State Symphonic Band.

The sky here is usually cloudless, but we had a break from that last night, and as a result, a stunning sunset. I took the camera outside and grabbed a few shots from the front deck.

And here’s one, slightly less processed…

Both are (pretty blatantly) using the HDR technique, not necessarily well, and not intended to be realistically, but they’re pretty. And the water really was that pink.

Back to work! There’s a concerto due on Sunday!


Galen says

Will you be back at Florida State in 07-08 at all?

Avguste says

Hey John
Great pictures.Yummy pizza
By the way, the Texas Christian University is performing Turbine and I am playing the piano part. Hooah
Love the piece
Talk later

Gus Greely says

You know, that's a really interesting image but, looking at more examples of HDR, I have to say that HDR in general strikes me as soulless and unrealistic.

I greatly look forward to hearing the sax concerto.


John says

I totally agree, Gus. It's just like a fancy plug-in. They can be handled with much more realism than this, of course. The technique usually just makes images look artificial -- kind of like overly-vivid paintings but without the human touch.
That said, they're still fun to look at!

james gow says

who in the worldis gus greely?

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