Build, Victoire, itsnotyouitsme and Empyrean Atlas mega-show at Roulette

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!

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Drawn

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.


 

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10th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival

The Carlsbad Music Festival turns 10 this weekend! 50+ performances by some really awesome folks in 3 days. Come check it out.

Also, we made the cover of the San Diego Union-Tribune:

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Commission for the Expedition Quintet

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.

Performances:
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

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Carlsbad Fest Village Music Walk June 21

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New Build Video Premieres on Q2

Today, Q2 premieres the new music video for Build’s Ride by Ana Veselic and David Smoler. Check it out here:
http://www.wqxr.org/#!/articles/q2-music/2013/feb/21/premiere-builds-ride/

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Build in CA March 23-24

We’re playing in 3 concerts in 2 days in Davis and San Francisco. Here’s a poster for the shows by Will Arnold:

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Three New Commissions

I am excited to announce three new commissions: two for soloists, one for large ensemble.

The large ensemble piece is for the exuberant LA chamber orchestra, wild Up, which they will premiere on April 17 at REDCAT as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Brooklyn Festival. I’m thrilled to be a part of this festival along with many of my friends (both from Brooklyn and LA).

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.

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Three New Pieces

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.

 

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New Sampler Playlist

I just uploaded a bunch of my music to soundcloud and created a sampler playlist of music new and old. Check it out.

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