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Album release notes: Comments about …unsettled, unphased…

Robert Young and Amir Young put together this wonderful video during the rehearsals and recording of …unsettled, unphased…, the second on Light and Shadows, Waves and Time to be released on Navona Records on April 13, 2018. The track features Robert Young on tenor saxophone, pianist M. Maxwell Howard, John Geggie on double bass, and… Continue Reading

The First Review is In for Robert Young’s HYBRID!

  Robert Young’s album HYBRID was released in February, and the reviews are just beginning! His brilliant collection features music by Misha Zupko, David Heinick, Baljinder Sekhon, Tim Sullivan, and yours truly. HYBRID closes with a fabulous recording of my …unsettled, unphased…, featuring Robert Young playing tenor saxophone, pianist M. Maxwell Howard, bassist John Geggie, and… Continue Reading


It is difficult to fathom the current state of the United States and the World. Messages of hate and violence appear to overshadow messages of love and peace, and injustices to the planet and most of her population are met with no response from those who are in positions of power. I have no intention… Continue Reading

A few short memories of Ladislav Kubík

I was sad to hear the news on late Friday night that Ladislav Kubík had passed away. Ladia was my composition teacher, who became my mentor and friend during my time as a graduate student at Florida State University in the early 90s. There have been many wonderful tributes to him over the weekend; it… Continue Reading

New Album Coming in Spring 2018

Since PARMA recordings has just announced my status as a New PARMA Artist, I am thrilled to finally announce my forthcoming CD release with PARMA Recordings, light and shadows, waves and time, to be released in Spring 2018. I have been fortunate over the past twenty or so years to have collaborated with several of the… Continue Reading

A New Review of “The Space Between Us”

Hey, hey! I’m thrilled to share this wonderful review by Joshua Kosman, the classical music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle: By turns frenetic and soulful, the five pieces on this new release plunge a listener sharply into the world of the Akropolis Reed Quintet, a sharp, sleek ensemble out of the University of Michigan.… Continue Reading

Protect the National Endowment for the Arts

The Arts, as a single entity, defines society. From Architecture to Music (and all points in between), all nations are easily identified by their artistic styles and their modes of expression. The Arts are quite simply those things that define WHO WE ARE as human beings. Indeed, there was a time where freedom of expression… Continue Reading

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