Thanks to the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society!

Last week, the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society gave a commanding premiere performance of Aura, a new concerto for alto saxophone and ensemble. Louis Karchin conducted at the Tenri Cultural Institute in New York. Aura was written for the Serge Koussevitzky Music Foundation in the Library of Congress. Thanks for all involved: an amazing ensemble, and a fabulous soloist, Mary Joy Patchett.

You can listen to the premiere performance here:

New Commission to Honor Milton Babbitt

I was honored when Perspectives of New Music asked me to compose a work for a special edition celebrating the life and work of Milton Babbitt. I chose to compose a work based on Babbitt’s Whirled Series. My new work, also for alto saxophone and piano, was recorded this past September by Mary Joy Patchett and John McDonald. The title, Compulsive Loves, comes from a beautiful quote by Italo Calvino describing the relationship of gods and humans in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

SCORE (pdf)

Stillness and Change CD Release at Harvard

Thanks to all for making our CD Release concert at Harvard so special! We had an amazing turnout of supporters and new-music lovers. It was a special treat to have Matthias Pintscher with us. He is a beautiful, magical artist and I feel blessed to with him! I’ll have some video and pictures of the event up shortly! For pictures, check out:

Stillness and Change

My Debut Album, Stillness and Change is now available on Albany Records! Thanks to all those who contributed to this work! On October 26th, we will have a CD release event at the Radcliffe Institute, where I will be a fellow for the 2011-12 year. Stay tuned for more details about that event!

Koussevitzky Foundation

I just heard that I have been awarded a commission from the Koussevitzky Foundation to compose a work for the Washington Square Contemporary Music Society! What great news. Thanks to Brian Fennelly and Louis Karchin for all their support in sponsoring our application! This award comes at an amazing time since I am a fellow at Tanglewood this summer and Serge Koussevitzky founded the festival.

Twin Suspension

This past spring, Jean Kopperud and Tom Kolor toured a work that I composed for them: Twin Suspension. Jean and Tom wanted a virtuosic work that was a bit out of the box. Instead of focusing on something loud and flashy, I wrote a somewhat quiet work with three aspects: smooth, floating perpetual motion, highly resonant and expansive gestures and sharp, percussive attacks. The piece explores the quiet and delicate sides of these three aspects.

The title of the work comes from the idea that clarinet and percussion can be twins; can take on each others’ roles and play against each other as well as with each other. In addition, the clarinet also has a twin in the bass clarinet, and the percussive twins of the vibraphone and marimba are complemented with various unpitched percussion. So while I explore three musical concepts, I do this through using sets of twos, or twins.

Below is a live recording from one of their performances.