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fivebyfive

An older piece of mine, but one near and dear to my heart, has been selected by fivebyfive for their upcoming concert on April 15th. I wrote its first iteration under my professor Marti Epstein as an exercise in minimalism and indeterminacy. After a few years, I came back to the piece, expanded it, and changed it to flexible instrumentation.

For this concert, I will add another part (from piano + 3 musicians to piano + 4) to accommodate fivebyfive’s ensemble size. The evolution and flexibility of this piece since its creation inspire me to keep open/flexible instrumentation in my arsenal. I’ve never had the piece performed by the same set of instruments more than once, and each performance brings something new to my ears. I look forward to hearing fivebyfive’s interpretation next month.

Below is a performance by the Central Michigan New Music Ensemble. For a perusal score, head over to MusicSpoke.

Juventas New Music Ensemble

Last week I received news that the third movement of my song cycle, Portraits of Disquiet (written for soprano Jackie Stevens with text by Kendall A.), will be performed as part of Juventas New Music Ensemble’s April concert. It’s my pleasure to be included on such a timely program, and the first time anything of mine has been performed in Boston since I was a student there (longer and longer ago).

The song cycle was originally commissioned by Cincinnati Soundbox.

You can listen to the premiere performance of said movement below:

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: