Mat Campbell Music

Composer. Arranger. Conductor. Percussionist.

Monday (Week Six)

I have been extremely busy with classes, composing, and trying to stay afloat. 

Classes are going just fine, and I think that I'll be fine this semester. It's a pretty crazy schedule, and I've picked up things that I didn't expect to take on this semester. That's not necessarily a bad thing. However, I am sure that if I didn't take on these things, I would be slightly more sane. Nevertheless, I'm somewhat stuck with these responsibilities. And there's nothing wrong with that. 

Composing has been so crazy lately. I am currently working on two pieces: one for solo bassoon, and one for solo snare drum. I'm pretty sure the bassoon one will be full of angst - I tend to write how I feel at the time. I'm sure the snare drum one will be more rudimental and full of polyrhythms. As for other events, the Rio Bravo Percussion Ensemble is rehearsing my A Brief History of Time and the UTRGV-Brownsville Clarinet Choir is rehearsing my new(er) counterpoint. I have rehearsed with both ensembles, and I am more than pleased with the products so far. (Thank you, by the way!) Also, I am currently planning a Composition Recital for the spring semester. I am planning on having the following (existing) pieces performed:

  • Wind Chimes After a Spring Rain - vibraphone and piano duet
  • Impromptu - marimba solo
  • new(er) counterpoint - solo alto sax with pre-recorded accompaniment
  • Three Movements for Four Parts - clarinet quartet
  • String Quartet - for string quartet
  • Retrouvailles - for 2 pianos (or synthesizers), bass guitar, and drum-set

    I plan on composing the following pieces within the next month or two: 
  • Zenith - multiple percussion duet
  • Perigee-Syzygy - percussion quartet
  • Paean - antiphonal brass quintet

    I am so excited for this program, but I hope that this can really take place. I am working very closely with my friends and colleagues to make this happen. The program might change (to include more solos), but what is above is probably what will be on the final program.  (I'm so excited as I write this!) Rehearsals should start this November, and we'll hope to put a great show on in May (hopefully)!

Floating has been interesting for the last few weeks. Luckily, this weekend felt like a small vacation. I don't know why, for the usual ritual of cleaning and washing was what happened. Of course, I am reluctant to have missed my composition applied this morning - thank you mulligan...
(Reasons why I'm making myself write two solos instead of the usual one per applied.) Also, I am making sure that I do well in Jazz Band (I'm playing drum-set.) and the a cappella group (I'm the arranger.) The constant annoyance of waiting for a call for a job is extremely, uh, annoying. Need less to say, I am waiting for a job offering in retail that would really help with money. (Of course, all of us could use help with money.) Let's see if we get that call... 

Here's to finishing the week strong and not feeling like a zombie by Friday morning. Coffee, I will need you this week. Finally, thanks to Justin for being a really good friend. 

 

Week Three

So this last week-and-a-half has been a marathon. Camille Playhouse is putting on a production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and I am playing in the pit orchestra. It has been a wild ride since last Friday (September 4).  Now it's been back to practicing for percussion ensemble and writing some new music! 

As for new music, I'm working on a new clarinet solo and a new glockenspiel solo! The clarinet solo is untitled (so far), but it's taken on a cute and playful character. I'm sure it's being heavily influenced by the music of Sweeney Todd, and I'm okay with that. I haven't started my glockenspiel solo yet, but I have been going through ideas such as bowing the instrument, using different mallets/implements, and other cool effects. Both these pieces should be finished by next Monday (Sept 21st). 

I am very excited to be part of the UTRGV Jazz Band again! I am playing drumset, which is a first for me. I will also be playing in the Symphony Orchestra again for our Fall concert. Capriccio Espagnol should be fun! 

So many great things are happening at school, and I am so grateful for the opportunities I have every day. I am so lucky to be in this place because I have the resources that I can use to get the best education for this part of my life. If you're reading this, thank you. 

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Also, I've been thinking about finally writing a concerto for percussion and wind symphony... A few ideas have popped in my head already, so we'll see where that takes this new piece. The picture to the top would be the set-up for the soloist. Perhaps I'd add a vibraphone/Aluphone or djembe... We will find out in the next few months. 

Current Thoughts

I am currently working on all the social media for the UTRGV - Brownsville Campus Percussion Club. (Yes, I know that's a mouthful.) I am just trying to get my thoughts in place about how to run these pages. Other thoughts on my mind consist of the following: 

Starting rehearsal for Sweeney Todd tomorrow night, and making sure everything is off to a good start.  / Making sure I have parts ready for my newest version of new(er) counterpoint  by Monday. / Finishing that English horn part for band tomorrow. / Playing in Jazz band and Salsa band. / Composing a completely new marimba solo by Tuesday. / Eating, sleeping, staying healthy. / All these things including school work and studying . 

I write this because it helps keep my thoughts together. I don't think any of these things are out of my reach, but I could definitely remember to take things one step at a time. These next few weeks are going to fly by quickly, but everything is also important so I must not lack in any single aspect. 

Let's hope for the best with all we do. 

Facebook Page

I am so excited for the launch of my Facebook page! I just launched it yesterday, and I now have close to 150 likes! I cannot thank everyone for all the support, for I could not have done it without you.