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Winter 2018 in Oslo, Norway: Part 1

After returning from a whirlwind journey to Austria and its surrounding countries this holiday season (I took the month to travel to Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Graz, Gmunden, Linz, Prague, Česky Krumlov, and Budapest, visiting the Christmas markets, exploring, eating, etc.), it was refreshing to return back to the music world in Oslo. My daily schedule in Oslo has been enriching—nearly every night, I attend a concert, while balancing a few commissions, lessons, gigs, reading, and a workout routine. My workload is busy at the beginning of the year—in addition to my main Fulbright composition (see below), I have two new commissions from the Aspen Music Festival, a sound design and incidental