In the summer of 2014, I left the United States for the first time in my life. I went to go play music and hang out in Europe for six weeks. 

The centerpiece of this trip was attending the Lucerne Festival Academy in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Going to this festival turned out to be one of the best choices I've made in my relatively brief history here on Earth. I won an audition, found a cool job with the festival, worked with some of the true titans of contemporary music, and met incredible people that turned out to become wonderful friends and colleagues. Some people back home even hired me just because they heard that I went.  

It was a big turning point. 

Stay with me now.

I'm an enthusiastic user of Ableton Live and Max for Live. Most of monat mai is made on this software. Without the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM) in France, these technologies probably wouldn't have been invented.  

And I'm just a little blip on the radar of these huge communities. Ableton, Max, IRCAM, and Lucerne all have some really incredible people amongst them. 

Had Pierre Boulez not founded IRCAM or the Lucerne Festival Academy, I don't know what I'd be doing with my life right now. Many others can say the same. Oh, also, this is in addition to his world class conducting and composition work. 

He left us today. 

There really are no words to express how much I owe Boulez and how incredible of a human he was. Most of my musical life would not even be possible if it were not for his tremendous contributions to music. And I'm just one of many. 

 

 

Rest in peace. 

Pierre Boulez 1925-2016

 

 

As a tribute to his legacy, I have put together a collection of photos from my travels to Lucerne and some of the work I do with them presently. Just a little sliver of the impact of one of music's true luminaries. 

 

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