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“I have learned throughout my life as a composer chiefly through my mistakes and pursuits of false assumptions, not by my exposure to founts of wisdom and knowledge.” ― Igor Stravinsky


Months before days ago, year after year has gone by
The lessons of courage were learned
Even if the bravery grew from a darkened root
I managed to put myself up on a hook
And strove to let go

T'was nice to find that failure really is quite keen
So walk brightly now, forget about all those things
Those things that you said and the things that you did
And the things you wish you said and did


from Distinction (a Ballet in Six Parts), released May 11, 2019


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a Light Sleeper is an ever-evolving ensemble exploring collaborative composition from the bottom up, featuring D. Pennepalli’s idiosyncratic guitar lines, drummer Matthew Jung’s graceful clockwork core, and breezy intertwining melodies from saxophonist Maria Elena Hernandez and violist Traci Newhouse. ... more

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