NEWS 4-30-12 Update: Turbulence was performed to great success by the Boise Philharmonic and now has been programmed for 9 performances with the Houston Symphony May 30 - June 30. Also, choir rehearsals have been going on for my chorus/orch piece "Nez Perce:Promises". First orch. rehearsals are June 15-16. Premiere will be on the Nez Perce reservation in Lapwai, ID June 23rd, then performances on July 14-15 in Sun Valley and Hailey.
NEWS 12-16-11 Finished composing 8 of the Nez Perce piece. Now for the piano score and then orchestrating for string orchestra.
NEWS 12-5-11 Finished movement 7 of 8 of the Nez Perce piece. One more to go! Looking forward to the Turbulence performances by the Boise Philharmonic. Rehearsal on Jan. 16th, then performances on Jan. 17, 18,19, Feb 2 (all two shows) and then the public performance Stella's Musical Tour of American at NNU on Feb 4 at 11 am.
NEWS 9-6-11 Have now finished 1-4 movements of the Nez Perce piece.The synth demos are available for listening on this site.
NEWS 7-1-11 Finished a new concert overture for the Boise Philharmonic called "Turbulence". This will premiere in January of 2012 and will be used to open up the Childrens Concert's Series.
NEWS 3-22-11 Finished first movement, The Decision (8:15)
NEWS 1-22-11 I've started the new chorus/orchestra piece for Caritas Chorale. Have a great 2 minute open. Only approximately 88 more minutes to go! Awaiting finalized libretto from Diane Peavey.
NEWS 1-1-11 I've opened up my own audio production shop. I've amicably split with NxNW and will continue to work freelance with them, while at the same time doing audio production and composing from my home studio. I have a ProTools system capable of doing radio and sound to picture.
NEWS 8-25-10 Finished score and parts for Three Mysteries. Premieres Dec. 3, 2010.
NEWS 8-12-10 Decided to add the originally entitled "Street Attack" as the first movement of the now Three Mysteries for String Orchestra. I'll call it "Of the Night" and call the last movement "Of the Street".
NEWS 7-22-10 Finished composing the new waltz. Now for the notation...
NEWS 7-20-10 Started a new waltz to add to the Sinfonia Mysteries. I'll call it "Of the Heart"
NEWS 3-20-10 Currently orchestrating Trio 4 for large orchestra, composing a new string orchestra piece for the C of I, Sinfonia, and discussing the written libretto for new opera project with Doug Copsey.
NEWS 1-5-10 Returned from 2 weeks in Paris. Saw Petrushka, Faun, Three Cornered Hat, Spectre of Rose at the Opera (Palais Garnier) with original choreography and sets, performed by Ballet Russe.
NEWS 12-3-09 Please read the review of Trio 4 under "Bio" (or scroll down)
NEWS 9-19-09 Finished the 6th and final movement of the new Trio piece.
NEWS 9-15-09 Finished the fifth movement, Two Plumbers and a Dog, of the Langroise Trio/Rockwell commission.
NEWS 8-25-09 Finished the fourth movement of the new trio piece, Breaking Home Ties.
NEWS 8-10-09 Finished the third movement, The Horseshoe Forging Contest, of the Langroise Trio/Rockwell commission.
NEWS 8-1-09 Received the 2009 Fellowship Award from Idaho Commission on the Arts.
NEWS 7-5-09 Finished the second movement, Jester, of the Langroise Trio/Rockwell commission.
NEWS 6-25-09 The Idaho Suzuki Institute Strings performed the Sonatina for Strings last night to great success. Sam Smith conducted.
NEWS 5-5-09 The College of Idaho Sinfonia excellently performed my Sonatina for Strings last night. Nice job all and thanks!
NEWS 5-4-09 A new commission from the Langroise Trio will premiere in November, 2009.
NEWS 4-13-09 All shows with Idaho Dance Theatre were great. Thanks Marla for the commission and the amazing choreography. video coming...
NEWS 2-16-09 Score and parts for Simply, Gently, Boldly delivered. done!
"Drops wear down the stone,
not by strength, but by constant falling."
"No man, more than the serious artist, craves an independent income. To no other class of man is the freedom it assures so valuable. The feeling that one is working under pressure, that one is not free to develop, revise and extend, that one has no time to explore one's deepest depths, is intolerable except to those whose fluency is only another aspect of their superficiality." J.W.N. Sullivan
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistance.
Talent will not: Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent.
Genius will not: Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb.
Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts.
Persistance and determination alone are omnipotent."
"Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid." Goethe
"The artist must be blind to distinctions between "recognized" or "unrecognized" conventions of form, deaf to the transitory teaching and demands of his particular age. He must watch only the trend of the inner need, and hearken to its words alone. Then he will with safety employ means both sanctioned and forbidden by his contemporaries. All means are sacred which are called for by the inner need. All means are sinful which obscure that inner need." Kandinsky, from Uber das Geistige in der Kunst (Concerning the Spiritual in Art)
|Review of Trio No. 4 premiere
Wealthy local conservative political activist Ralph Smeed recently financed and assisted in a retrospective exhibit of paintings by Norman Rockwell at a local charter school. The exhibit proved very popular so when the Trio commissioned their fourth string trio from local composer David Alan Earnest, it was suggested that he base the work on paintings by Rockwell. Earnest said in his pre-performance remarks that he had always admired Rockwell's work; his mother had had books of reproductions around the house when he was growing up. He looked at them again, searching for those particular works which suggested to him a specific musical impulse. The final selection of six paintings, all originally covers on the Saturday Evening Post magazine, were: No Swimming; Jester; The Horseshoe Forging contest; Breaking Home Ties; Two plumbers and a Dog; and, The Golden Rule. The paintings were reproduced in color on an insert in the program notes.
The first painting, No Swimming, shows undressed boys carrying their clothes fleeing from an unseen authority figure. Earnest said it reminded him of the trouble he and his brothers always used to get into--"stupid things"--and, after a brief introduction, the music suggested a comic bustling atmosphere. The second painting Jester shows a clown sadly contemplating a smiling mask of his own face and suggested the contrast between comedy and sadness. Mr. Earnest is particularly skilled at musically depicting contrasting emotions. The Horseshoe Forging Contest led to pulsing music steadily rising in tempo and energy, giving the trio a chance to show their skill and making three string instruments sound like hammers on anvils. It was all done with bows on strings, resisting the temptation to add any sound effects by striking the wood of the instruments. Breaking Home Ties shows a boy packed up to go off to school saying goodbye to his father and his dog. Earnest said it reminded him of the time his family saw him off with his guitar to play in a band in a distant city, the music a mixture of sadness and expectation. Two Plumbers and a Dog suggested Laurel and Hardy, leading to a depiction of slapstick antics ending with a broad musical joke that most of the audience appreciated with laughter. The final painting, The Golden Rule, depicts a group of people of all religions and ethnic backgrounds worshipping together. Earnest said he worked very hard to find a musical expression of this noble sentiment. "If some businessmen and politicians would observe the Golden Rule maybe we wouldn't be in the mess we're in," he said. This music was the most remarkable of the whole evening, expressing with rich musical textures a sense of searching and aspiration without at any time falling back of the trite formulas of hymn tunes or chorales.
There were many new faces at this concert and perhaps most of them, in view of the Norman Rockwell dedication, expecting an evening of hymns and patriotic tunes. Some regulars, perhaps fearing the same thing, stayed away. What Mr. Earnest produced was music of the highest and most original quality, demanding on the performers as well as on the listeners, returning rich rewards for careful, thoughtful attention. However I may speculate, as the piece progressed the audience became more restless and dissatisfied, coughing and hacking without restraint. At the end, in contrast to the lingering standing ovations previous premiers have occasioned, they applauded politely and briefly, and abruptly marched out. Mr. Earnest's suggesting that businessmen needed to be more ethical may have contributed to this evident hostility from possibly pro business audience members. Whatever, those of us who admired the music remained to congratulate composer and performers. Mr. Smeed was as always graciousness personified, expressing appreciation, admiration and gratitude to everyone concerned, and presenting to the composer a large framed Rockwell print as a gift.
|From a Review of Volante
read the full review at:
Caldwell, Idaho, in 2008 may not be quite so exciting musically as Vienna in 1790 but the comparison is not so far fetched as you might imagine. Here we have two world class composers in David Alan Earnest and Jim Cockey regularly premiering stunning new works. The Langroise Trio and its world class virtuoso members are at the centre of this phenomenon performing these new works both as the Trio, as the Trio augmented with other soloists, sometimes accompanying Idaho Dance Theater performances, as section leaders in the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, and individually as soloists in concertos. Recently we have had works for string trio from Earnest, three Symphonies from Cockey, Earnest's Cello Concerto with Sam Smith as soloist, and we look forward to soon hearing Cockey's Violin Concerto for Geoffrey Trabichoff. The interplay between composers and performers is electrifying and mutually reinforcing. On this disk we have recording premiers of two chamber works recently premiered in performance by the Trio.
Most of us think of "bathos" as meaning something absurd or vulgar. Specifically, the Webster dictionary says "a ludicrous descent from the lofty ... to the commonplace ..." But in titling his piece Isle of Bathos David Alan Earnest is playing a game with us, using bathos more in its original sense where it merely meant descent from complex to simple or an abrupt emergence of simplicity out of complexity. Admittedly to those who don't have the opportunity of hearing the composer explain or read the program notes, the joke must remain a private one, and Mr. Earnest is apparently satisfied with that, letting most people think he is simply making light of himself and his music. He explains that while composing the work he was bombarded by too many ideas and only by taking himself very lightly, humorously, could he resolve them into a coherent structure. A further hint at what this music is about are early titles for the work: El Extrano Espagnol, or The Eccentric. But in the end, music is music, and we expect too much if we demand an explanation from the composer in non-musical terms because, as Mendelssohn said, "...music is too explicit for words" and a title is after all just something to put on the cover of a score. And, however much the preceding may have assisted the composer in overcoming obstacles, the result is a relatively straightforward sonata movement based on rhythmic as well as melodic motifs. In this as in the next work you will at times find it impossible to believe you are only hearing three instruments; this music has the sonic depth and textural complexity you associate with string quartets or larger ensembles. The Langroise Trio have an amazing ability to produce a tremendously powerful sound without in the least sacrificing beauty of tone.
Earnest was born in rural Canyon County, Idaho, and obtained a Bachelor of Music Composition degree from Wheaton College3. He writes music for a living in an amazing variety of forms, including commercials, film and television scores, and a very successful New Age electronic album, "Visit the Blue Planet." To listen to excerpts or for information on purchase of his recordings, go to his website.
|Review of Langroise Trio Concert
for complete review, go here:
We then returned to the present for the high point of the evening, the world premiere of ?Isle of Bathos? by David Alan Earnest (b. 1960). He began the composition in 2004 with the title of El Extrano Español intended to be an homage to Pablo Picasso. Then images of islands, both in the Caribbean and Aegean Seas intruded, and the word bathos, here meaning ?an abrupt change from the lofty to the ordinary? suggested itself - hence the title applied when the work was completed on December 28, 2006. The music is comparable with late Shostakovich only in its richness and density and the excellence of its fitting to the qualities of the instruments, but is much more positive in mood and in its greater range of its drama. My observation is that this is the least derivative work Mr. Earnest has yet produced and likely shows the beginnings of his mature style which will inform the music to come. The audience appreciated what they received with vigorous applause which Mr. Earnest acknowledged shyly and modestly.
Mr. Earnest (www.davidalanearnest.com) is unusual in that he makes his living composing every kind of music from TV commercials and film soundtracks through New Age woo-woo electronics to symphonic and choral oratorio, as well as chamber music. F or eight years, he and the Langroise Trio have enjoyed a brilliantly productive association - of world class artists with a world class composer - that has enriched the string trio repertoire with many excellent compositions. I feel deeply privileged to be present when something so wonderful is happening here in Idaho; if you live within a day?s drive of Boise, it is well worth your effort to attend these concerts. If you are flying to Boise on business from Paris, Sydney, or Moscow, arrange your flight to take in the next concert on 21 September 2007. After that you may come just for the music.
|Review of Visit the Blue Planet
There are quite a number of New Age music recordings* available, probably thousands. Of these, there are a few great classics worthy of the attention of critical listeners: Laughton?s Harps of the Ancient Temples, one of the very first (1958); Ray Lynch?s Deep Breakfast (1966); Paul Horn?s Inside the Great Pyramid (1977); the Gordon brothers Garden of Serenity series (1992 et. seq.); Kitaro?s Tunhuang (1983). This disk deserves comparison with these; track 9 from this disk is now my favorite meditation music. It is my loss that I only became aware of it 11 years after it appeared. This disk can be included here only because it was many years after the release of it that Mr. Earnest became well known locally as a serious classical composer. I suspect in the ensuing years when he becomes better known around the world, this disk will also become better known and more generally available.
As to the sound of the music, it is difficult to describe apart from its genre and the titles of the tracks. This disk uses mostly electronic sounds, but some acoustic instruments are heard, perhaps synthesized, perhaps recorded live and processed. ?Celebration,? for instance, contains an episode reminiscent of walking by near a group of African musicians out on the plain, as well as wind sounds and the ubiquitous distant chorus sounds. The point is how well does this composer create his mood by balancing the dramatic sound-picture, now moving it forward, now letting it glow. Mr. Earnest in his single entry into the genre does this with supreme skill.
It is to my great gain that I, by coincidence, happen to live near the composer, in fact only four miles from the Idaho farm he grew up on. While I would like to say we are friends, the relationship is hardly an equal one; I am more a groupie, at least at this point as I eagerly become acquainted with his oeuvre while attending his premiers several times a year. I would suggest you remember his name, for you will some day find it unavoidably thrust upon you if you continue to explore modern classical music and search out the very best.
*from this genre I exclude electronic pieces by established composers (e.g. Philip Glass), electronic arrangements of symphonic repertoire works (e.g. Tomita), symphonic works where there are electronic sounds added into the orchestra (e.g. Edgard Varèse, Alan Hovhaness, Einojuhani Rautavaara), electronic compositions of symphonic length, structure, and intent (e.g. W. Carlos, Pierre Henry). I also exclude works by established rock and pop musicians (e.g. David Bowie, Jefferson Airplane/Starship) but I have included recordings consisting mostly or entirely of acoustic instrument sounds.
|From a Review of Romancero
(Recording by The Langroise Trio)
"The most remarkable work on this disk is the Earnest Trio (Trio No. 2), in particular the first movement. Like most great composers, Earnest freely borrows phrases and moods from other composers, fully assimilating these influences into his own art. The first moments of this work might be said to depict Philip Glass meeting Cesar Franck, but the impression is only momentary as the music sweeps onward with its own authentic and vitally compelling logic. As we explore this rich tonal landscape, there are moments of aggressive dissonance, not unlike middle period Bartok, but the overall shape of the music is solidly neo-Romantic. With each hearing, this work further ingratiates itself and I will be surprised if Earnest is not soon universally recognized as one of the major musical personalities of the early twenty-first century. Fortunately his works are frequently performed by the Langroise Trio, among others."
"what can I say--astonishing work!! Exquisite strings and superb orchestration bring to life an excellent composition. I'm running out of superlatives here! Bravo!" (Cello Concerto - I)
"very enjoyable. nice stereo separation makes it even larger than life. this composer is putting enormous effort toward the humbling task of discovering and developing their own personal style, and that is honorable. Good luck with this and future efforts." (String Trio No. 2 - I)
"Very beautifully put-together piece." (String Trio No. 2 - I)
"Incredibly orchestrated! Beautiful Voice! I typically don't listen to Opera however this has won me over. Nice work." (7. The Future - Immence Ranges of High Mountains)
"This was an incredble adventure in diissonance and wonderful authentic orchestration. Bravo to you and to the fine musicians that carved this piece to blissful perfection. My ear-training was most challenged! Absolutely riviting and beautifully orchestrated!!" (Cello Concerto - III)
"Rousing Intro sequence made me sit up and take notice! Writing for full orchestra with the support of a full orchestra...Wow. Not only Wow, but in addition you have singlehandedly changed my 10 year rant about the substandard quality of the mp3 format. Tremendous work, highest quality sound and compositional skill level I've ever heard on broadjam. You made my pupils dilate. You made me drool. Your cello ripped my heart out. I bumped my head on the lamp above my head when I jumped up to applaud at the rousing ending! No cons at all. If there was a rating of 6 I'd put you at 6+. Bravissssimmoooo!" (Cello Concerto- III)
"Fantastic - great intro (main theme) Stravinsky eat you heart out! Great recording too. Beautiful structural devlopment and the atmosphere you create is immaculate. The diverse rhythm is great - love it. I can almost see the images you are capturing. Performance is great as well. This is an exceptional piece of music, probably the best i have reviewed on thiis website so far. (Cello Concerto III)
"REALLY ENJOYED THIS COMPOSITION. TOOK ME ON AN ADVENTURE WITH GREAT INSTRUMENTATION. LIKE FINE WINE WITH HINTS OF COPLAND". (Cello Concerto III)
Excellent orchestration. Excellent piece. Flawless. (Cello Concerto III)
"Excellent! Fine sounding! Keeps interest throughout." (Cello Concerto III)
"Heart rendering intro with solo cello/viola, staccato strings enter as perfect accompaniment to buld suspense. Enjoyable arrangement, Suspenseful. Pizzacato section provides a wonderful intro to the pull and tug between the violin parts. Build up of intensity and key change at 6:00 move the piece forward with visual strength. In fact, the entire piece could be a fantastic underscore for a drama. Was pleased and surprised to hear this was a live performance for your string ensemble. Bravo, excellent recording quality. Had no idea it was live until I heard the round of applause. I hope you're into film scoring because your work certainly stands ready to enhance the silver screen. You had me from the get-go with the lilting cello intro....like a deer in the headlights! No criticisms at all in this work. It's a 5+/5. (String Trio No.l - III)
"Haunting melodies. Great playing. Excellent use of dynamics. Constant development throughout the composition. Dramatic" (String Trio No.l - III)
"This piece is wonderfully eerie. Great voicings for illustrating darkness. It is so refreshing to hear true instrumentation played so well. This could certainly be placed in the appropriate scene in a horror film. Great composition and an equally great arrangement. BRAVISSIMO!!" (String Trio No. 1 - III)
"The melody is haunting yet moving, and the overall agitated mood can fit many scenarios. I think this is a beautifully performed and recorded piece of music." (String Trio No. 1 - III)
"GREAT JOB!!!!! Great writing!" (String Trio No. 1 - III)
"Great composition. Reminds me of the Bartok String Quartets." (String Trio No. 1 - III)
|Broadjam Reviews 2
"Absolutely superb! Tremendous musical performances and storytelling, with instruments alone, filled with nuance, expression and emotion. And for eight straight minutes in front of a deathly silent audience, totally hooked upon your every note. Didn't even know they were there until the end, unusual for me! Great live recording with outstanding dynamic contrast and musical intonation. Not to put a damper on the accolades, but if you had inserted this potential soundtrack into the shower scene in Hitchcock's "Psycho", I think it might have worked. Great job and best of luck." (String Trio No. 1 - III)
"Nice job! Well written, recorded and played. I'm a brass player so I'm guessing it's a string trio - violin, viola and cello. Wow a live performance so no editing going here! Lots of contrasts in all areas to keep listeners interested." (String Trio No. 1 - III)
"Listening to this work is like reading a good book in that I looked forward to the turning of each new page. Nicely done. Fresh, unique, but not so over the top where it could be hard to relate. Needless to say, it really does lend itself to film, though it stands well on it's own." (Three Dances - Dance No. 2)
|Immence Ranges Premiere May 2005
The world premiere of my chorus and orchestra piece "Immence Ranges of High Mountains" was on May 21, 2005 in Ketchum, ID, May 22, 2005 in Idaho Falls, May 23, 2005 in Ketchum. The 7 movement, 45 minute piece was commissioned by the Caritas Chorale in Sun Valley to commemorate the Lewis and Clark expedition in Idaho. The text was prepared by Diane Josephy Peavey and includes excerpts from the journals as well as Lemhi Shoshoni and Nez Perce phrases and tells the story of Lewis, Clark, and Sacajawea in Idaho. The premiere featured a soprano soloist, baritone soloist, 100 piece chorus and 30 piece orchestra conducted by Dick Brown. I joined Caritas iin taking the work, with piano accompaniment, on a European tour in June of 2005. Concerts were in Tengersee, Germany; in Mira, near Venice, IT, and in Vereggio, IT on the Mediteranean coast.
1960 Born in Nampa, Idaho USA on May 11.
1970 Began teaching myself clarinet.
1972 Received first guitar for Christmas. Began teaching myself to play.
1973 Bought first bass guitar. Taught myself to play. Performed on bass with father's gospel quartet.
1974 Wrote earliest composition, "Spanish Guitar" for classical guitar.
1976 Took music theory course while sophomore in high school. Joined first rock band.
1977 Played first rock club gig.
1980 Moved to Minneapolis. Performed in several bands. Wrote several songs for bands.
1981-2 Discovered Beethoven's 6th symphony in roommates record collection. Bought study score. Orchestrated rock songs for orchestra. Moved back to Idaho. Continued self-study of classical scores while working at computer chip factory.
1983 Accepted to Wheaton College Conservatory. Began piano lessons. Wrote first string quartet.
1984 Began study at Wheaton. Composed various student pieces.
1987 Wrote "All You Servants Praise the Lord" for Grace Baptist church Meriden, CT, first commission and public performance.
1988 Moved back to Idaho after completing 2 years at conservatory and counterpoint classes. MIDI makes synthesizer composing accessible for home recording. Wrote "Rhythminium" for Vallivue High School Concert Band. Assembled synthesizer music compilation "The Initial Album". Played in various rock bands.
1989 Moved back to Wheaton to finish college degree. Composed numerous synthesizer pieces.
1991 Graduated from conservatory. Senior recital program: "Three Improvisations" for synthesizer, "Bag-O'-Tails" for piano, "Andante" (conducted) and "Street Attack" (conducted) for string orchestra, "Life is Fine" (conducted) for soprano and ensemble, "Quartet for Soprano Sax, English Horn, Cello, and Piano", and "Kuwait: 1990-91" for wind ensemble. Returned to Idaho, composed instrumental album "Phases of the Mood."
1992 Attended first recital by the Langroise Trio. Met players backstage. Started composing "String Trio No. 1" the next day.
1993 Wrote "Serenade for Strings" for brother's wedding. Performed in country/rock band Redstone.
1994 Premiere of Scherzando from "String Trio No. 1" by the Langroise Trio
1995 Premiere of complete "String Trio No. 1" by the Langroise Trio and "Serenade for Strings" by community orchestra.
1996 Wrote "Company Tour." Completed new album of synthesizer music "Visit the Blue Planet".
1997 Premiere of "Company Tour" by the Langroise Trio. Wrote "String Trio No. 2" and "Sonatina for Strings."
1998 Premiere of "String Trio No. 2" by the Langroise Trio and "Sonatina for Strings" by the Suzuki Institute Strings (conducted). Composed new instrumental album "A Call for Rain."
1999 Wrote "String Trio No. 3" and "The Avon Lady Meets Frumpy the House Cat." Made trip to Budapest for "The Basket" scoring sessions.
2000 Premiere of "String Trio No. 3" by the Langroise Trio at Hengst Gallery, Seattle, WA. The Langroise Trio performed "Trio No. 2 - II" on the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Washington DC. Idaho Dance Theater choreographed trio music for performance in "Riptide". Premiere of "The Avon Lady Meets Frumpy the House CatÃ?Â? by the Albertson College Concert Band. Began audio post job with NxNW in August.
2001 Wrote "When Foxes Meet in Moonlight." Premiered in February by the Darkwood Consort. The Langroise Trio performed "Trio No. 3 - II" on the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage, Washington DC. Started writing the "Cello Concerto."
2002 Finished the "Cello Concerto." Wrote "Three Dances" for Idaho Dance Theater.
2003 Premiere of "Three Dances" in January and the "Cello Concerto", with Sam Smith as soloist, in April. I conducted the Boise Philharmonic.
2004 Scored documentaries "3 on 3", "In Time of War", "Sudan, the Path to Peace". Started composing "Immence Ranges...".
2005 Feb 5: Finished "Immence Ranges..."
2005 May: Premiere of "Immence Ranges of High Mountains" by Caritas Chorale, Dick Brown conducting, in Sun Valley and Idaho Falls.
2005 June: Joined the Caritas Chorale on 3 week tour of Austria and Italy, performing 4 movements of "Immence Ranges..." with piano in 3 concerts in Tegernsee, Germany, Mira, IT, Viareggio, IT. Visited Salzburg, Venice, Verona, Ravenna, Florence, Lake Como, and Milano. What History!
2006 January: Premiere of string trio version of "Three Dances" by the Langroise Trio.
2006 May: Performances of "Immence Ranges..." in Sun Valley and the Boise premiere.
2006 Aug 15-Oct 15: Composed 14 minute score for the 1912 Edison silent film "The Land Beyond the Sunset".
2006 Nov 8-14: Composed 12:45 Elegies for Two Cellos for Idaho Dance Theater.
2006 12-28-06 - finished composing The Isle of Bathos (formerly The Eccentric).
2007 January: IDT Dance performance "Riptide" to string trio music.
2007 February 1: Premiere of silent film score "The Land Beyond the Sunset" by the Treasure Valley Youth Symphony, conducted by David Saunders. Performed live to picture at the Egyptian Theater, Boise.
2007 March 8 & 10: Premiere of "The Isle of Bathos" by the Langroise Trio.
2007 April 12-15: Premiere of "Elegies for Two Cellos" by Meloney and Ned Johnson. Choreographed as "Emerging from Loss" by Carl Rowe for Idaho Dance Theater.
2007 June: joined Caritas again, this time on a tour of Ireland/Scotland. The choir performed my Three Irish Hymn Tunes in 4 concerts, 2 in Ireland, 2 in Scotland, the last being in the historic Royal Chapel at Stirling Castle.
2007 August: finished the Sinfonia Pastorale for the Boise Baroque Orchestra.
2007 Oct 26 & 28: Premiere of the Sinfonia Pastorale by the Boise Baroque Orchestra.
2007 Nov 28: started a new violin concerto for Geoff Trabichoff...
2008 August: spent a month in Portugal around Porto and on the island of Madeira.
2008 Nov: finished composing The Current.
2008 Dec 6: premiere of The Current by Natasha Pikoul, San Juan Madeira, Portugal.
2008 Dec 9: started composing commissioned piece for Idaho Dance Theatre for Percussion Quintet and Piano.
2008 Dec 20: bought a cello, started learning how to play it...
Jan 24, 2009 - finished composing piece for IDT, "Simply, Gently, Boldly.
April 9-12 - premiere of Simply, Gently, Boldly as "Fractured Silence" by Idaho Dance Theatre. Performed by the Verde Percussion Group with Del Parkinson, piano.
April 15 - started composing new piece for the Langroise Trio...
August 1 - received Fellowship Award for Excellence from Idaho Commission on Arts.
Nov. 13-14 - Premiere of "String Trio No. 4 (on paintings by Norman Rockwell) by the Langroise Trio.
Dec 21 - Jan 4 2010 - Trip to Paris.
March - started composing new string orchestra piece for the C of I Sinfonia. Also, conceptualizing new opera with Doug Copsey, librettist.
May 17 - Sun Valley premiere of String Trio No. 4 by the Langroise Trio.
Aug. 25 - Finished score and parts for Three Mysteries.
Dec. 3 - Premiere of two of the Three Mysteries (Of the Heart and Of the Street) by the College of Idaho Sinfonia, Sam Smith conducting. Of the Night will premiere in the spring of 2011.
Jan. 1 - opened up Dave Earnest Audio, providing audio recording, editing, mixing, sound design, composing services for radio, tv, film, video.
Jan. 10 - started composing "Story of the Nimiipuu" (working title) for Chorus/Orchestra for Caritas Chorale of Sun Valley.