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Composing in the wilderness
Craig went to Fairbanks, Alaska on July 6th, 2015 for a 'Composing in the Wilderness' adventure with Stephen Lias and other composers. After hiking in Denali National Park and Coal Creek Mining Camp, they flew to Fairbanks to work and rehearse newly written pieces with Concert Black, a Contemporary Music Group based in Brooklyn.
The resulting work was a piece for SSATTB Chorus, Glockenspiel, Bass Drum, and Double Bass, titled, "Selah."
"I began and finished writing [Selah] while composing in 'Denali National Park' and 'Coal Creek' in Alaska. The main impetus came from one of the hikes when I hiked up to the top of a mountain in order to get a breathtaking view of the entire Denali Mountain Range. Once I reached the top and sat down, the clouds opened and a beam of light came down and shown on top of the mountain I was on. As the Earth rotated and the light began to travel down the side of the mountain to another hill nearby, it began to snow. So, I decided to, somehow, incorporate the text I was reading into the piece I was writing. Using Psalm 50 as this text, Selah embodies the beauty of the wild and the omniscience of the Creator of this beautiful landscape. The term Selah means - to pause, and, in this piece, the performers pause after many phrases in the beginning and ending sections. The space in the music allows the listener to meditate on the message and enjoy the providence found within the text."
-Craig Michael Davis
The L'viv Philharmonic Premieres "re-Creation"
The L'viv Philharmonic Orchestra, in Ukraine, premiered the first movement of, Re-Creation last April (2015) as part of the 2015 Sacrarium Sacred Music Festival. The week long festival began with lectures and performances from Ukrainian Nationalists and concludes with a concert of works by composers from China, Great Britain, Spain, Holland, Italy, Canada and the United States. Craig was a finalist in the composition competition.
The JACK Quartet Commission
After spending a year studying major string quartets and writing a string quartet for The JACK Quartet, The JACK premiered Innocent Bystander at the Providence Playhouse in New York City on April 26th, 2015. Craig met the JACK Quartet early in 2015, and has enjoyed working with them to create the final product that culminated in this two movement work.
"Innocent Bystander was inspired by a vacation to Niagara Falls, Canada, where I met with a friend I hadn’t seen for years. In the two short movements of the string quartet, I tried to capture the awe-inspiring power of the massive, half-frozen falls. Though it was freezing cold outside, the rushing waves pushed on over the huge chunks of ice that had frozen months ago. The first movement portrays the slow, calmness of the water as it pushes towards the falls, whereas the second movement depicts the quick, vertical descent towards the bottom of the falls."
-Craig Michael Davis
JACK HARRISON PUBLISHING CO.
Craig is thrilled to announce that Jack Harrison Publishing Co. will be publishing 'Re-Creation,' 'Innocent Bystander,' 'Resonance,' '...death has friends,' 'The Ground Beneath My Feet,' and '12 Piano Etudes,' in September 2015. Full scores and parts will be available online through www.amazon.com. Recordings of the works can be found on the Music/Works page of this site and represent a wide array of works for large ensemble as well as solo piano pieces.