I'm pleased to share that my new album March to Muddy Water (The New England Soundscape Project) is now available for purchase. You can click on the "Latest Album" tab at the top of the website to listen and purchase. This project has been a lot of fun to work on and I hope you enjoy listening to it! The record will be available through most online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play in the very near future. I also have physical copies for sale. Feel free to reach out and I can send one to you.
It's been a busy and fruitful winter. I'm in the middle of a three-week residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska. It's been productive and relaxing. The people here are very friendly and supportive. I'm grateful for that. In February I participated in a two-week residency at Arts, Letters & Numbers in New York. The first week we had an immersive experience with composer Michael Harrison. During the week, we learned about Northern Indian music and had a chance to perform the works from some of the other participants. I wrote a short piece for alto saxophone, cello, and fixed media called "Bhairav Dance", which was performed on the final concert.
In late February, A Very Small Consortium, a group of music faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, performed my short miniature "(Re)Flux" for saxophone trio. They did a great job and I'm grateful for the work's inclusion on the program. I'm excited to share that two of my soundscape pieces will be included in the 2018 New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival. I look forward to sharing more about this event in the coming weeks.
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I'm pleased to share that my new composition Partido Alto e Bembe for Solo Flute will be performed by Tammy Evans Yonce on two upcoming recitals this fall. Dr. Yonce is an Assistant Professor of Music at South Dakota State University and an accomplished contemporary music advocate, educator, and flautist. I'm honored to have her premiere this work and look forward to hearing a recording of it. It was a pleasure to write the piece for her!
Here is a phone video of the performance of Groove Nuance for Alto and Tenor Saxophone at the 2017 New Music on the Bayou Festival in Louisiana.
Pleased to share that the Adelphi University Flute Ensemble will perform An Enigmatic Miniature for Flute Quartet on their May 8th recital. The piece earned an honorable mention in the Counterpoint-Italy Contest. I'm very grateful for the world premiere of the work and hope to attend the performance. http://www.counterpoint-italy.com
Pleased to share that my piece "Groove Nuance", a duet for alto and tenor saxophone, has been selected for inclusion at the 2017 New Music on the Bayou Festival in Monroe, LA in late May. Looking forward to attending and hearing the performance and lots of terrific music.
I'm pleased to share that one of my compositions has been chosen for performance as part of the 360 Jazz Initiative at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "Stained Glass" will be included in their upcoming March 30th concert. For more information, please click on the following link http://music.unc.edu/2017/01/11/six-win-departments-2016-360ᵒ-jazz-initiative-call-scores/. I'm honored to be among several other fine composers and look forward to attending the event.
For the past year, I've had the pleasure of serving as a Co-PI on a National Science Foundation grant exploring the intersection of music learning and computer coding in an after-school program for 5th, 6th, and 7th graders in Lowell, MA. Alongside my partner (and PI) Jesse Heines, we've been exploring how singing and computer coding might share similarities and help to bridge STEM and the performing arts in new ways. Our hope is that the kids in this program can explore new concepts, be creative, work together, and have some fun. We're accompanied by a talented group of student assistants and our colleague Rachel Crawford, the music teacher at the Bartlett Community Partnership School. We're appreciative of the staff and administration at the BCPS for their help throughout the project.
Jesse and I put this video together as a brief summary of our work as part of a recent event highlighting community partnerships in the Lowell area. It's been a learning experience and a privilege to work with these talented young people. We're very grateful to the NSF, the Bartlett Community Partnership School, our advisory partners, and our UML colleagues for their support. You can download the video and share with anyone who might be interested. Happy Thanksgiving!
Assistant Professor of Composition for New Media at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. This blog summarizes my research and creative interests. Thank you for stopping by.