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Back to the blog after a longer than expected hiatus…more composition pedagogy blogs also coming soon.


Recent Events:

Saturday, January 30, 2016
Pianist Robert Pherigo performed Voices: In Memoriam (version for solo piano) at a satellite concert by newEar Contemporary Ensemble at Unity Temple in Kansas City, MO. Robert will be recording this version of the piece in March.  The version with optional electronics can be heard at:
recorded by Daniel Koppelman, who commissioned the piece with fellow pianist Leah Hokanson.

 Sunday, February 7, 2016
Olivier Latry (titular organist at the Cathedral of Notre Dame and Professor at the Paris Conservatoire) performed Critical Mass (for organ and fixed media) at the inaugural concert of the new organ at the Philharmonie in Paris.  Four distinguished organists performed in the two-hour concert, which can be viewed at:


For those with interest, Critical Mass begins at 1:32:40 and is about 5 minutes long.  The playback is very soft in the recording.  If you would like to hear the piece with ideal balance, go to www.soundcloud.com/jim-mobberley/critical-mass to hear the recording by Karel Paukert, for whom the piece was written in 1989.


Upcoming Events:

Saturday, February 27, 2016
7:00 pm          Electronic Music Midwest Mini-Festival, in Potter Hall on the campus of Missouri Western State University.  Includes two fixed media works of mine:  Earth Tones (1978) and Vox Metallica (2006).

Sunday, February 28, 2016
5:00pm           Christopher Janwong McKiggan performs Capricious Invariance on the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra’s “Unchambered:  Piano vs Piano” concert at the Midtown Arts Theater Center in Houston, TX.  Chris included this piece on his 2015 CD of all-commissioned works, released by Albany Records (Troy 1543).

Thursday, March 3, 2016
7:30pm           Trombonist JoDee Davis and pianist Robert Pherigo premieres The Unpurged Images of the Day for amplified trombone, amplified piano and fixed media on a concert by the Musica Nova Ensemble at the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Grant Hall Theater.  The work’s title and the subtitles of each of its seven sections were inspired by lines of poetry from William Butler Yeats.  Look for an addition to my soundcloud page soon: JoDee and Robert will be making a recording of the piece.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
7:30pm           Christopher Janwong McKiggan performs Phenomenon (solo piano) on his Guest Artist concert on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus (White Recital Hall, Olson Performing Arts Center.  Chris will also be making a recording of this work, which I’ll post to soundcloud as soon as we can complete the editing.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
12:00n             Keith Benjamin includes Icarus Wept (trumpet and fixed media) on a guest recital at Johnson County Community College’s Yardley Hall.  This work was written for Keith and organist Melody Turnquist-Steed (Duo Clarion) for a CD on Gothic Records.  In this version of the piece, the organ sounds have been added to the fixed media.  If you can’t make the concert, you can hear this version recorded by Keith at:

Friday, March 11, 2016
7:30pm           Conductor Cliff Towner conducts the Georgia College Wind Symphony in a performance of Words of Love, for soprano and wind ensemble, in Russell Auditorium on the Georgia College campus in Milledgeville.  First performed by Steven Davis and the UMKC Wind Symphony, with Rebecca Sherburn, soprano, the texts are taken from love letters from my father to my mother, and from beautiful words he provided to my fiancée and me before our wedding.  If you can’t make the concert, you can hear a recording made by Gary Hill and the Arizona State University Wind Ensemble at:

 Thursday-Friday, March 31-Apri 1, 2016
I am honored to be a Guest Composer for a second time at East Carolina University.  This visit includes attending a student composers’ concert, presentations on the composing process, meetings with ensemble directors and students, private lessons with students in the composition program, and time for meals and conversation with faculty and students.  This is all part of the North Carolina New Music Initiative – brainchild of ECU Composition Professor Eddie Jacobs – through which music students gain as complete an understanding as possible of how composers live and work.  It’s a terrific, innovative and highly educational experience (for me as well as the students….Bravo!)



About mobberleyj

Composer and Professor Emeritus.


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