Jay C. Batzner is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida where he teaches theory, composition, and technology courses as well as coordinates the composition program. He holds degrees in composition and/or theory from the University of Missouri Kansas City, the University of Louisville, and the University of Kansas.

Jay's music is primarily focused around instrumental chamber works as well as electroacoustic composition. His music has been recorded on the Capstone, Vox Novus, and Beauport Classical labels and is published by Unsafe Bull Music.

Jay is a sci-fi geek, an amateur banjoist, a home brewer, and juggler.

My wife vs. Salome

My wife, Kris, and I are celebrating our 12th wedding anniversary this weekend. We have known each other a ridiculously long time. I remember her from the 6th grade as "the girl who played a flute solo on our band concert." I wrote a lot of flute music for a while and she is the reason why. Nothing impresses the chicks more than if they are your muse. Or so I have been told.

Anyhow, our wedding anniversaries usually involve a certain amount of inappropriate, non-romantic activities. One year we went out for a really fancy dinner and went home to watch Blue Velvet. The next year, no fancy dinner but we watched Eraserhead. This weekend's festivities will involve copious amounts of Indian food and swing dancing (although probably not at the same time).

There is a point to all this. Kris is a big opera fan and we checked out Salome from the library. Nothing more romantic than Salome, right? Except Berg and Janacek, of course. Kris didn't know the opera and I have only heard it, never seen it. Here is Kris' review of Salome:

"Two words. Cray. Zee."

Is it a wonder we have been married this long? Kris also takes credit for describing my music as "evil Copland." What's not to love about that?