Loyola MIS Forum on Genre

The Music Industry Studies Program at Loyola University New Orleans (where I teach) has a weekly forum with all of our students. A couple of months ago our guest speaker was ill, so I put together a discussion on ideas around genre. There is video evidence. The talk starts about 10:30 in, after the student announcements.

Contemplation on A City That You Love So Much

This post hosts documentation of my piece “Contemplation on A City That You Love So Much.” This preliminary video will be replaced with the finished documentation once it is available.

“Contemplation…” is a composition for “Songs of Home Songs of Change” which is a sound art installation consisting of a sonified map of New Orleans with brass instrument highway system, and field recordings by New Orleans high school students.

Composition, keyboards, and brass by Jeffrey Albert
Brass by Hannah Benson-Kreiger and Jebney Lewis

Songs of Home Songs of Change by Jebney Lewis, Rick Snow, and Chris Staudinger
Video by Brent Joseph

Program Notes for “Contemplation on A City That You Love So Much”

When I was invited to compose for “Songs of Home Songs of Change,” I had a chance to see it in installation mode. Even though the piece is about the ideas of home and change, seeing the map of New Orleans in this form and thinking about change immediately brought my mind to New Orleans since August 2005. Painful destruction can lead to positive change, and I tend to be an optimist, so this piece trends towards optimism. These sounds are meant to provide a sonic basis for contemplation, not necessarily to guide the listener to a particular conclusion or thought. Allow these sounds to encourage your contemplation of a place you love.

Follow this link for some background on “Songs of Home Songs of Change.”

Link to youtube video.



‘Grammy U’ teaches young musicians at Loyola

On the night of the Grammy awards, WWL-TV did a nice story on Grammy U that features one of our faculty and a number of our students.

‘Grammy U’ teaches young musicians at Loyola: “Twenty Grammy nominees, in a variety of categories, have Louisiana ties this year. And at Loyola University, there’s a whole crop of young, new talent hoping to make in the music industry some day.”