Well, looks like another year has nearly gone by without an update! Not for lack of activity; rather the contrary. Between work, writing, and raising a family, time for updates have become scarce! Here's what's new:
The Boulder Symphony gave an electric premiere of a short fanfare, Every of the Time, last September. Audio can be heard to the left.
Mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Butcher and pianist Christopher Narloch included me in collaborative collective of composers to write 1-minute responses to movements of Schoenberg's Book of Hanging Gardens. The piece was premiered in November, but will receive another performance in March.
HASCO Duo's Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and Jesse Langen will revive Basic Lands on February 23 as part DePaul University's New Music DePaul concert series.
A new work for The Syndicate for the New Arts will be premiered on newly-minted local new music initiative CUSP's inaugural festival this June.
As part of a course I facilitate, I require my composition students to write new music for my keyboard students. I'll be providing some new pieces on this collaborative concert this year, a set of three works called Three Sacred Spaces. Performance date was May 2, 2018.
In collaboration with the Baldwin-Wallace Symphonic Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Brendan Caldwell, and Mezzo-soprano faculty Nancy Maultsby, a new work will be written for the FA2018 opening concert. Themes of humanity's relationship to each other, nature, and the cosmos will be explored.
A slew of performances are on the horizon for March and April 2017! Check the events page to see if my music is coming to a city near you!
Some exciting projects on the horizon, too. More as details become clear!
Well, it seems nearly a year has passed since any update! I suppose this is what happens when an infant enters your life! Score and audio are now available for Everything All At Once!
The fall semester is concluded, and come January I will be joining Baldwin Wallace as a full time Assistant Professor!
Happy New Year! Almost two months in to 2016, and several months since a proper update. Leading the news is my inclusion in Composer Collective ADJective New Music. A few of my scores are now available exclusively through ADJective, but the collective is more than publishing and distribution. Read about us on the website!
Some upcoming performances:
Resident Songs received a performance by Brooklyn-based Fragments Duo last week. The piece will again be performed more locally, at Kent State University, with countertenor Jay White on April 23.
Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble takes Le Salève to California as part of a west coast tour, March 6 and 8. Details on the events page.
Boulder Symphony Orchestra will concludes season on May 7 with a program featuring Dvorak, Sibelius, and my new premiere, Everything All At Once (working title).
Hasco Duo absolutely crushed Basic Lands on their recent tour! Hear them live in Chicago here! The piece even got a slight nod in the New York Times.
Some exciting upcoming events:
Friday, November 20, join The Syndicate for the New Arts as they join 78th Street Studios at their popular Third Fridays. On the program is a performance of 3 thin-slices by cellist Carlyn Kessler.
The next day, November 21, Saxophonist Michael Rene Torres is giving Vermilion a whirl with his new group Columbus Ohio Discovery Ensemble (CODE).
Hasco Duo is ready to kick off Ensemble Dal Niente's Presents Series with a Midwest tour beginning here in Cleveland (Septermber 6, Bop Stop at the Music Settlement)! Come check out a program chock-full of excellent composers and new commissions. Among the pieces will be my Basic Lands, an indeterminate piece based on the rules of the Magic: the Gathering card game.
Take a moment to read this short blog about the tour!
Millay Colony for the Arts has released issue 5 of EDNA, a journal of work samples from its 2013 colonists. Have a virtual flip through the pages here. An excerpt from Resident Songs is featured near the beginning.
Tentative program schedule with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra for May 6, 2016. Excited for this one!
In the meantime, and in addition to the pieces listed below, I'll be setting a few stanzas of the massive Psalm 119 as part of a multi-composer collaboration. It'll be a gargantuan structure of a piece when all eight composers have had their say!
On the horizon are new pieces for:
Hasco, a duo comprised of soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and guitarist Jesse Langen.
Tower Duo, featuring saxophonist Michael Rene Torres and flutist Erin Helgeson Torres.
Boulder Symphony Orchestra, as part of their 2015-16 season.
Saxophonist James Fusik and pianist Karl Larson will be giving Palm a couple of performances this week. Check the events page for details!
A new song cycle, Hymn Fragments, is complete, written for soprano Amanda DeBoer Bartlett and saxophonist James Fusik. Premiere date TBA, so stay tuned!
Mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Butcher has also recorded Resident Songs! Be on the lookout for the release!