May 3: Two pieces for flute, viola and harp, “Lift” and “Cycle,” commissioned by and premiered by Musical Chairs Ensemble in Staten Island. This is the culmination of my residency with this group all year.
May 31: A new three movement piece (title coming soon) for the String Orchestra of Brooklyn along with musicians from Face the Music. I play in the SOB, and am excited to be writing for them for the first time.
I’ve put together a mega-show/mini-fest on March 24 at Roulette with four like-minded bands: Build, Victoire, itsnotyouitsme and Empyrean Atlas. It’s going to be so fun to be playing with all these friends!
My new 24-min, 5-movement piece for bluegrass string band, “Drawn” was premiered a couple weeks back in Colorado by Jake Schepps and Expedition. We then spent 3 days in the studio recording for a commercial release slated for late 2014 release. They’ll be bringing the piece to the East Coast in January with performances in Portland, ME 1/17, Cambridge, MA 1/18 and New York, NY 1/19. Below’s a live recording of the first movement, “Flourish,” and a picture of us at the end of the recording session. Enjoy.
I’m very excited to announce that I’ve been commissioned to write a new multi-movement 25 min piece for the awesome Expedition Quintet. This group is a traditional bluegrass string band instrumentation (fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and bass) led by Jake Schepps that is commissioning a series of pieces by composers that they will tour with and record. I’ve dabbled in various kinds of fiddle music all my life, but am excited to be plunged fully into this world and to be writing for these forces. I also bought a banjo (pictured) and am learning to play, which is great fun.
12/6/13 Boulder, CO
12/8/13 Colorado Springs, CO
1/17/13 Portland, ME
1/18/13 Cambridge, MA
1/19/13 New York, NY
The pieces for soloists are for bassist Eleonore Oppenheim and for pianist Michael Mizrahi. Both are excellent musicians with really interesting bodies of work they are commissioning from their composer peers, and I’m very happy to be a part of these projects. More info on the premieres of these two pieces coming soon.
I’ve just uploaded three new pieces from 2012 to my soundcloud for you to check out. One thing they have in common: all use plucked strings (theorbo, pipa and guitar).
First is “Slink” written for Chatham Baroque and commissioned as part of their 20th anniversary celebration. It’s for a baroque trio of violin, viola da gamba and theorbo.
Second is “Trailguide” performed by Wu Man, Kojiro Umezaki, Mark Dresser and Kjell Nordeson at the Carlsbad Music Festival in September. This piece was a directed improvisation, so the lion’s share of the credit goes to the fantastic players. It’s for pipa, shakuhachi, bass and percussion.
Third is “Contain” written for and commissioned by Musical Chairs Ensemble. I think of this one as a mix of Nirvana Unplugged and early Elliott Smith, and the pulsing minimalism of Steve Reich and early John Adams. It’s for cello, guitar, bass and drums.