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Where are They Now? An Interview with Past Resident Jim David

In Uncategorized on July 25, 2012 at 8:34 pm

Jim David was a resident at ART342 in the summer of 2009. He was kind enough to share with us what he’s been busy with over the past  three years;

Since your time at ART342 what have you been up to?

I’ve maintained a busy schedule of commissions, performances, and teaching since 2009. Most recently, I’ve received a commission for a trombone concerto for Joseph Alessi of the New York Philharmonic, as well as a new saxophone concerto for the inaugural International Saxophone Symposium and Competition. Last November, through the generous support of ART342, I served as host and director of the Aries Composers Festival, the first ever new music festival held in Fort Collins. This event welcomed sixteen composers from throughout the US and Canada to Colorado State University, and featured multiple concerts, presentations, workshops, and masterclasses on composition.

You were here 3 years ago in the summer, what do you remember most about your time at ART342?

I remember the company of new friends, the chance to work uninterrupted in a serene space, and the remarkable warmth and generosity of Jim and Wendy Franzen. It was a truly special summer.

Where do you see yourself and your work in the next 5 years?

I hope to still be here in Fort Collins composing and teaching! It’s a truly great place to live and work if you’re a creative person.

What advice do you have for incoming/current residents?

 Don’t be afraid to engage with the community and your surroundings in different ways. I think that most residents of the area are open to artists and what they contribute to society. Plus, the natural beauty of the Front Range are an easy source of renewal after a few hours in the studio.

For more information on Jim check out:

Personal website: www.jamesmdavid.com

Aries Composers Festival: www.ariescomposersfestival.com

CSU Department of Music: www.music.colostate.edu

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