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.
The Festival I started 9 years ago and curate each year in my hometown of Carlsbad, CA is happening on September 21-23. I’m really excited about the line-up so thought I would share it here. If you’re anywhere near Southern California that weekend, I suggest you come out.
Here’s a recording of “Fleet” #2 of “4 Pieces for Violin and Piano” from the premiere at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis in January also by the fantastic teenage musicians violinist Alexi Kenney and pianist Hilda Huang. I’m really happy with how this one came out.
Here’s a recording of “Level” from the premiere at the Mondavi Center at UC Davis in January by the fantastic teenage musicians violinist Alexi Kenney and pianist Hilda Huang. Writing “Handoff” last October put me on a 3-piece kick of music with drones/pedals that included “within” and “Level,” all written in quick succession in the fall.