Joining the MusicSpoke Roster

I’ve been waiting to post until my profile went live, and now it that it is, I can! I’m so excited to announce that I’ve recently joined the roster at MusicSpoke. MusicSpoke is a wonderfully innovative sheet music distribution platform created “by musicians, for musicians”. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to promote my scores to a larger network of conductors and performers, and to be part of such a welcoming, talented team. I have two pieces up at the moment, and will add more over the coming months. I hope you will visit my artist profile to see the pieces I have available, and I will keep you posted! I look forward to working with the MusicSpoke community.

 

Scriabin Response Project Premiere Concert

Last night, pianist Kristofer Rucinski performed the premiere concert of his Scriabin Response Project, in which he commissioned twelve composers to respond to Alexander Scriabin’s 12 Etudes, Op. 8. While I was not able to attend, I heard that the concert went wonderfully. Not only did Kris perform all 24 pieces, but he memorized them as well! The second part of this project will be a studio album recording– I greatly look forward to hearing the results and sharing them with you.

For now, have a listen to the Scriabin etude to which I was asked to respond:

…And the poster for my individual etude:

“I Take These Pills” Premiere

I’ve just posted a new video on my YouTube channel – the premiere of “I Take These Pills”, commissioned and performed by the Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra. This piece is part of the 2016 leg of their nonet commissioning project: “9×9: New Music”.

From the program notes: “Whenever I get to a certain point in building a familiar to close relationship with someone, the topic inevitably surfaces. ‘Well, I have chronic anxiety and depression, so I take these pills to regulate my day-to-day existence in the world.” After Tom Cunningham, (UPCO director and the piece’s commissioner) told me that the commission theme centered around one’s personal take on the concept of “adequacy”, I immediately thought of my daily interaction with depression and anxiety, and by proxy, the medication that is supposed to help.

“I take these pills” is such a direct statement, and one which I say with intent but without drama, without stigma. I find it quite satisfying to express such a significant, yet ordinary part of my life through a piece of my own music.”