Apparently concerto-writing is habit-forming. Over the past year, I’ve completed both a Violin Concerto (my second, focusing on the climate crisis, and climate despair in particular), and a Piri Concerto (for that traditional Korean double-reed instrument). My soloists are dream collaborators. Elissa Cassini has been my thought partner on the violin concerto, as well as helping me fine-tune the solo part. The amazing gamin has tutored me in finer points of not only the piri, but also the saenghwang (mouth organ, which she’ll play in the second movement), and the taepyongso (a trumpet-like double reed she’ll play in the third movement). Perhaps the best news is that both works have premieres scheduled… more about that soon!