Oct 14, 2019
Subscribe to Spotify? Then you can hear Somewhere at this link:
Sep 27, 2019
- Arioso/Doubles, Benjamin Broening
- Somewhere, Matthew McCabe
- Messy, Mark Snyder
- Ultraviolet, Kirsten Volness
- Penelope’s Song, Judith Shatin
- Breath, Joseph Harchanko
- Favorable Odds, Mark Phillips
For program notes and project information, visit my catalog page at Ravello Records.
Sep 15, 2019
The Catalog Page for Somewhere is now available. Read more about who worked on the record, program notes, etc. at this link:
Aug 28, 2019
I am so happy that my debut record for clarinet and electronics is finally coming out. September 27 is the magic date. You can pre-order a copy now using this link: http://bit.ly/CheesemanSOMEWHERE
Jul 29, 2019
What some might do before leaving for a performance at an international conference is practice like mad and fret about choosing The Perfect Reed.
Me? Today, I spent a few hours cleaning the wheel wells of my car. (About a month ago, I drove through a construction area where a road was being resurfaced. They had spread the preparatory material, and I went through it. I didn’t realize what it had done to the underbody of my car until I put it in my garage and noticed tar drips. Because of the heat in Columbia, the tar has never hardened. It just keeps on slowly dripping.)
I have often told me students: keep the days leading up to a recital as normal as possible. Make sure you are getting rest, eating well and exercising while doing basic warmups and playing passages of recital pieces slowly. No need to practice – the work has been done. As long as your preparation is good, there is no need to stress.
Today (and this whole week, really), I have followed that routine. My days have been ‘normal’, I’ve eaten well and exercised. I am practicing, but I am mainly focusing on pieces for future performances. The two pieces I am playing Friday are ready to go. As far as that Perfect Reed? The climate will be really different when I get to Knoxville. I have a few selected to test and will perhaps go with a completely different one.
All that being said, time to wash the tar off my hands and to practice.
(Written last week)