New Domain

Christian Carey August 2013

Welcome to the new home for my blog, File Under ?. 

I have been writing about new music, especially the not-so-easily categorized sort, using this blog handle since 2002.

It has been hosted, successively, by Splendid Magazine, Copper Press Magazine, and Sequenza 21.

With Sequenza 21 moving to a new single page model shortly, I decided to bring the blog onto my personal website.

Information about my work as a composer may be found on this site too; there are separate pages with a works list, performance calendar, and a page where you can purchase scores.

My blog posts and links to my writings for other publications may be found here.  For “quickie” posts, usually sample audio and video streams pertaining to stuff about which I’m writing, check out File Under’s Tumblr page. Audio samples of my music may be heard on my Soundcloud page.

I look forward to interacting with readers via WordPress!

All-Carey Program: 9/28 in Princeton

Emerged: A Recital of Compositions by Christian Carey

Saturday, September 28th at 2 PM

Prince of Peace Church, Princeton Junction, NJ

Performed by:

Righteous Girls

(Gina Izzo, flute; Erika Dohi, piano)


(Jeffrey Gavett, baritone, Carlos Cordeiro, bass clarinet,

Andy Kozar, trumpet, Will Lang, trombone)

Peter Jarvis, drum set

Sara Noble, soprano

Megan Ihnen, mezzo soprano

Carl Patrick Bolleia, piano

Zheng Yuan, viola

Natalie Spehar, cello

Prayer (2011) loadbang

3 Bagatelles (2006) Righteous Girls

“He Wishes for the

Cloths of Heaven” (2009) Megan Ihnen

3 Flourishes (2008) Gina Izzo

Solo for piano (2013) Erika Dohi

________________ Intermission ______________________

“Fuller Brush Music” (2010) Peter Jarvis

“Blue Symphony” (2013) Sara Noble & Carl Patrick Bolleia

“Gloss on Guston” Carl Patrick Bolleia

“Fiery Sunset” (2012)

3 Kenyon Settings (2009) Megan Ihnen and Natalie Spehar

For Milton (2011) Righteous Girls

Friday in Wisconsin

Tomorrow at the Art Museum In Racine, Wisconsin: Megan Ihnen is performing a piece of mine for alto and viola as part of the Fresh Inc. Festival. If you haven’t seen Megan’s blog entries about the festival, you should check ’em out here.

Event Details

Friday, June 14, 2013, 5:30-7:00pm

Racine Art Museum

441 Main Street 

Racine, Wisconsin 53403

Admission $10

Thank You’s from Montclair

Thanks to Sara Noble and Adam Marks for last night’s fine first performance of “From Blue Symphony” and for their hard work on the student compositions on the Pictures 2013 concert. As always, it was a pleasure to work with the staff at Montclair Art Museum and to catch up with our friends Darren Gage and Kimberly Nicole Burja. Hope we all get to work together again!

Program Note – From Blue Symphony

“From Blue Symphony” receives its premiere tonight at Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey.

“From Blue Symphony” is a text taken from a longer poem by John Gould Fletcher. Published in 1913, it is from one of several collections of his work that have been associated with the Imagist poets. I found Fletcher’s evocative use of coloristic imagery and experiments with abstraction to share an affinity with some of the concerns explored by Manniere Dawson in his 1913 painting “Wharf Under Mountain.” In my setting, I tried to emulate their respective interests in interplay of color (harmony), images (gesture), and abstraction (melodic angularity). The song was composed in May 2013 in South Amboy, NJ and is dedicated to soprano Sara Noble, its first interpreter.

– Christian Carey