Hello Friends!

My new album BETWEEN BREATH will be released on New Focus Recordings on June 21, 2024. You can pre-order the music now. The release show is happening at Roulette on June 27. The album contains four compositions all expertly performed by the musicians who commissioned the pieces. I’ve been working on this album for a number of years and I’m so excited to finally share it. The video premiere of Miranda Cuckson playing Secret Machine No. 7 is featured in The Strad Magazine. More to come, stay tuned…

Here’s the press release with more details.

My violin duo, Dead Horse Bay…thoughts from the future... is featured on Du.0’s debut album, Thoughts from the Future, released on Gold Bolus Recordings. The recording was released May 10, 2024 and is featured in The Best of Contemporary Classical on Bandcamp Daily.

I was in San Diego with percussionist Micheal Jones, where he premiered trace-escape-horizon. We recorded the piece and I taught a composition seminar at UCSD.

Michael Jones performing: trace-escape-horizon
Conrad Prebys Concert Hall, San Diego, California, May 10, 2024

I recently wrote a natural horn quartet for the Isaac Shieh. YOU ARE PERFECT JUST AS YOU ARE was commissioned and is performed in the video here by Isaac.

Isaac Shieh performs YOU ARE PERFECT JUST AS YOU ARE

The piece is also now published. I had a spectacular session recording Secret Machine No. 7 at Oktaven audiO with violinist and collaborator, Miranda Cuckson. The piece will be featured on my next solo album. More news on that coming soon!

Miranda Cuckson and me taking a victory lap after a long and productive recording session at Oktaven audiO.

Two additional new publications have been released: Outsider Song and CVS. Check out the full review of pianist Adam Tendler’s recent New York City premiere of Outsider Song at 92Y, described as a “small masterpiece” by The New York Times.

The first page of Outsider Song.

This past summer was very special. The fruit of a multi-year collaboration with violinist Miranda Cuckson has yielded an epic composition for solo violin, Secret Machine no. 7. Next up is trace-escape-horizon, a long-duration work for percussionist Michael Jones.

Long-time collaborator, percussionist, and dear friend Kevin Sims has recorded Fish of The Sea on his new album, Yarrow Canon released by Orb Tapes this past June. I’ve also recently published Fish of the Sea. The text is written by poet, Abby Minor.

Kevin Sims performs Fish of the Sea.

My string orchestra and percussion work, Outside Only Sound, now appears on enfolding, a new album featuring the music of Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti recorded by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn. The album was recently released on New Focus Recordings. The album features Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti’s with eyes the color of time. In addition to being a long-time collaborator and friend, Leilehua’s piece was a finalist for the 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Music. Outside Only Sound was written with pandemic restrictions in mind and is meant to be performed outside (and in fact was recorded outdoors as well) encompassing environmental noises into the fabric of the piece. Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti’s multi-movement work with eyes the color of time covers a wide range of textures for strings, from meditative, undulating chords to tactile overpressure and scratch sounds.

Outside Only Sound performance in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn, New York, October 2020

CVS, my concerto grosso for loadbang and string orchestra has been released on New Focus Recordings.

The recording of CVS features an all-star cast of NYC new music heavy hitters. The music was recorded at Oktaven audio.

Manuscript of the first draft of CVS.

My third album, Dark Days has been released on New Focus Recordings. The album is milestone in my collaboration with pianist and beloved friend, Karl Larson.

Karl also performed the complete album of Dark Days at the Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival at MassMoca in North Adams Massachusetts.

July 21, 2021 – After the concert with Michael Gordon, Julia Wolfe, Karl Larson, Scott Wollschleger, and David Lang.

Dark Days has generated lots of good press including Best of Bandcamp and a mention from Alex Ross. A recent profile in The Road To Sound documents our collaboration and dives into the ideas behind Dark Days. The album release show took place May 6 at Roulette. It was my first concert with a live audience in over a year! Here’s the live-stream from that night.

I’ve recently published some new works; Outside Only Sound for socially distanced string orchestra and percussion, the title track of the album, Dark Days, and solo piano works, Lyric Fragment and Tiny Oblivion.

Lost Anthems for viola and piano has also been published. The UK premiere was given at The Turner Contemporary as part of Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti’s The 20/19 Project. It was presented in the UK by Studio Will Dutta in 2019. The video is beautiful (check it out below). Leilehua has also released a series of technique videos explaining and demonstrating the various extended techniques.