Drumming the Moon
Ron has toured internationally with his music, to critical acclaim. He has lived, and created new work, in Paris at the CCMIX studios, one of the foremost music and research facilities. He is Director emeritus of the Washington Composers Forum in Seattle, where he worked extensively to support the creations of Northwest composers, and was a featured lecturer for the Seattle Symphony and the University of Washington. In music journalism he has written for the Washington Post, Library of Congress and Independent Journal, as an advocate for new music. He has devoted much of his creative life to what he has termed the "non-cooperative ensemble." He introduced this work with the issue of the album Music for Non-Cooperative Ensembles on the Euphonic label, featuring instrumentalists of the San Francisco Symphony. This music reflects the way that sound occurs in the natural world. Ron lives and makes music in the Mojave desert in his solar powered home and recording studio, in great solitude. He is also a seasoned flamenco guitarist and cantaor and has wandered through Spain and the gypsy world in pursuit of this art form. He has worked extensively in electronic, symphonic, choral, opera and chamber music. Other performances, honors and commissions include Carnegie Hall, the San Francisco Opera Center, the Kronos Quartet, Yaddo, Soundprints Records, Meet the Composer, National Public Radio, New Music America and many others. Ron is now producing performance oriented work which includes drumming, ragas, improvisation and songs. Recordings in these categories include Desert Ragas and Drumming the Moon.