solo flute | published 2015
The first annual Snow Pond Composers Workshop took place June 7-13, 2015, under the direction of Edward Jacobs and Richard Nelson. The workshop was part of the broader Snow Pond Music Festival in Sidney, Maine and featured Visiting Performing Artist Peter H. Bloom and Guest Composer Elliott Schwartz.
New compositions were performed at the Workshop's final concert then collected and published by Noteworthy Sheet Music as The Snow Pond Composers Workshop Anthology, New Music for Flute.
Learn more about the Snow Pond Composers Workshop.
A Short Story
Typewriter, Lamp + Electronics
The typewriter’s singular function makes it synonymous with storytelling for me, and it this piece it is employed both as a prop and as a musical instrument. In A Short Story the instrument is first heard alone, then progressively its sound becomes further and further removed from reality as new sounds from the author's past come flooding in. Additional sounds that help construct the narrative are triggered by a lamp, the only source of light in this theatrical piece.
The audience is invited to observe an author’s creative process – to hear his imagination and memories. The performer triggers new sounds as he acts out the role of the writer recounting his past.
See A Short Story performed live in Jacksonville, FL Nov 8-10 2018 at the Electroacoustic Barn Dance Festival.
stereo fixed media
Convergences is an electronic composition that explores the merging and juxtaposition of metal and wood, sound and silence, momentum and stagnation. The digital medium allows a composer to create a musical environment in which sounds can simultaneously exist near to and distant from the hearer. In this piece, I incorporate that effect so that the audience can enjoy this unnatural auditory experience.
The two basic elements of this piece bring their own unique characteristics, and when they converge, the cold and more aggressive metallic gestures are contrasted with the gentle warmth of the wood at various levels of intensity and harmony.
COMING Fall 2018
Convergences will appear along with six other electronic works on the new album by Ravello Records.
Revisiting the Canyon
work for doctoral dissertation
In 1972 the famed French composer Olivier Messiaen visited several National Parks in Utah to gain inspiration for a commissioned work celebrating the United States bicentennial. The result was a powerful 12-movement orchestral work titled Des canyons aux etoiles, which Messiaen premiered in New York City in 1974.
The sights and sounds that inspired Messiaen inspire still, and this work is designed to be both a tribute to him and a colorful contribution to the electroacoustic genre.
Audio recordings of wildlife and other sound textures at Bryce Canyon National Park and Mount Messiaen in Parowan, Utah provide the raw material for this composition.
The recorded sounds will be digitally sculpted using electronic techniques and tools, and the finished work will aim to explore the space and capture the essence of this beautiful region.
Combining modern ballet choreography by Boyko Dossev, and violin performance by Erika Burns, Sand is based on Jenny Erpenbeck's short story about a grandmother and granddaughter's relationship over time. The work was commissioned by World Literature Today Magazine in honor of their 2018 Fellow. The ballet premiered March 9, 2018 at the 50th Annual Puterbaugh Festival in Norman, OK.