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Congress Notes “Daughter of Dawn” Film
December 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

Daughter of Dawn, the 1920 silent film, has been included in the 2013 National Film Registry (Library of Congress)

Breath in a Ram’s Horn: A Reivew
November 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

The poetry of Paul Pines, and its musical setting by composer Daniel Asia, is a first rate artistic experience. Listen to “Breath in a Ram’s Horn.”

Halloween: When the Real Cats Play!
October 31, 2013 | 12 Comments

Somewhere down along the line, in American culture, black folks picked up the name “cat.” A “real gone cat” was an especially cool individual.

Supporting The Bad Eagle Foundation
September 3, 2013 | 2 Comments

The Bad Eagle Foundation is a unique, independent American Indian foundation, an IRS approved 501c3 for fine arts, literature, and sociology. It began in 2006, with a two-year retroactive application (2004). Here is how to support it.

Timothy Archambault: American Indian Flute, “Suite Tragique.”
July 2, 2013 | 2 Comments

American Indian flutist Timothy Archambault continues to create new dimensions in recording for the American Indian flute. He has just released an album of solo flute music by Comanche composer David Yeagley

Markiw Plays Skoryk, Mompou, and Villa-lobos
March 8, 2013 | 1 Comment

American-Ukranian pianist Victor Markiw has just released his second album. This one is all piano solo works.

Talking About Love
February 3, 2013 | 12 Comments

Can eternal truth even be suggested in low-down pop songs? Hundreds of thousands of songs may contain something in their lyrics.

Dan Asia, Modern Art Form, and Politcs
January 27, 2013 | 14 Comments

Was composer Daniel Asia out of place to publish his opinion about modern music? Did he publish it in the wrong media environment (Huffington Post)?

Serbia Honored in International Music Museum
January 5, 2013 | 4 Comments

Serbia is honored in a most unusual way, in the Musical Instrument Museum of Phoenix, Arizona.

The Beautiful, the Tragic, and the Retarded
November 30, 2012 | 19 Comments

Tragedy sometimes is so profound it seems beautiful. Our emotions fuse in their apogee.

The Big Band at UCO: New “American Byways” CD
October 21, 2012 | 7 Comments

University of Central Oklahoma’s Wind Symphony just released a terrific new album of the music of Michael Daughterty. The conductor is Brian Lamb.

Nicholas Zumbro: Poet of the Piano
September 24, 2012 | 1 Comment

Nicholas Zumbro is an extraordinary pianist. His ability to create tonal variety on an essentially percussive instrument is unique among all modern pianists.

Daniel Asia: American Composer
September 20, 2012 | 7 Comments

Daniel Asia is one of the finest contemporary classical composers alive today, and one of the most effective teachers I have ever known, personally. He is truly American.

Daughter of Dawn: New Web Site
August 27, 2012 | 2 Comments

Introducing the new web site for Daughter of Dawn. It will be ‘information central’ for the movie and the score.

Daughter of Dawn at Sante Fe
August 14, 2012 | 7 Comments

The silent film Daughter of Dawn will be shown at the Santa Fe Indian Market Native Cinema Showcase, August 18, 2012.

Daughter of Dawn Rises: Sunday, June 10
June 8, 2012 | 10 Comments

“Daughter of Dawn” will rise in all her glory, June 10, Sunday, in Oklahoma City. Her symphonic-accompanied premiere is part of the Dead Center Film Festival.

Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival 2012
May 30, 2012 | 8 Comments

The Chickasaw Chamber Music Festival 2012 is this June 1-3. Many thanks to Chickasaw composer, Jerod Impichchaachaha Tate for creating this festival–the only one of its kind.

Daughter of Dawn: Premiere, OKC, June 10, 2012
May 9, 2012 | 14 Comments

The 1920 silent film, , together with the symphonic score I created for it, will have a premier showing here in OKC, June 10, 2012

When Blacks Ain’t Black: An Irish Air.
March 14, 2012 | 11 Comments

Now who’s “black”? The Irish?

Whitney, Catholics, Money, and Iran
February 15, 2012 | 26 Comments

Brief thoughts on Whitney Houston, the Catholic Church, the phenomenon of money, Iran and Islam.

Jews for Beethoven
December 20, 2011 | 12 Comments

Beethoven had more Jewish connections that most people know. He lived during the time of their emancipation in central Europe.

Rahel Levin: Beethoven’s Jewish Girlfriend
December 19, 2011 | 11 Comments

Beethoven once had an eye (or a heart) for a young Jewish woman. Surprise?

Beethoven Was A Revolutionary
December 16, 2011 | 55 Comments

Beethoven was very close to the politics of revolution in his day. “Class struggle” was definitely on his mind.

Hail, Mary!
December 4, 2011 | 25 Comments

Mary is dead. So who’s standing in for her? Who makes her appearances?

Dvorjak, German Superiority, and the Vulgar
October 16, 2011 | 50 Comments

Popularity has reduced European classical music art to the level of a toy for Orientals.

Anna Sophie Mutter: Art, Mozart, and Aberrancy
October 2, 2011 | 27 Comments

The ravages of popular culture can defile even Mozart, even through the performance of an artist like Anna Sophie Mutter.

China: Hotbed of Heathenism–Cannibalism?
January 25, 2011 | 23 Comments

In America, we abort children. In China, they eat them.

“The Writhing” at OU’s IDRS Conference
June 24, 2010 | 20 Comments

One never knows what will become popular among ones musical compositions. “The Writhing,” a trio for oboe, viola, an bassoon, is currently my most popular work.

The Litwin-Markiw Duo: Best 2010 Classical CD
March 1, 2010 | 5 Comments

The Litwin-Markiw Duo, the best classical CD of 2010. Soprano Jennifer Litwin and pianist Victor Markiw.

A Persian Poet Remembers Neda: Hila Sedighi
January 10, 2010 | 9 Comments

The Singer of Tales lives! Behold the ancient art of Persian poetic oratory. All for Neda.

Bad Music, Bad People
July 10, 2009 | 7 Comments

According to the ancient classical Greek philosphers, music could be either good, or bad. Music had serious societal effects.

Indian Hymns: The Second Ghost Dance
February 10, 2009 | 12 Comments

The Ghost Dance once expressed the Indian hope. Today, there is a new expression: Christian hymns–sung in Indian language.