Crystal Radio, a new work for solo percussion commissioned by Steven Schick, will be premiered at the Miller Theatre in NYC, February 1, 2014. I am honored to have received an award from the Fromm Music Foundation at Harvard to fund the commission.
The Park Avenue Christian Church will present Bell of Silence for choir and handbells, that it commissioned for its 2013 Christmas Gala on December 21, 2013. It is a setting of a beautiful poem of that name, written by Jennifer Michael.
2014 will also bring premieres of a new work for large chorus and percussion quartet, a commission led by the La Jolla Symphony Chorus, directed by David Chase, and red fish blue fish. For more information and to join the consortium, please visit CulturePath.
a monodrama conceived and performed by actress Sylvia
Milo, for which I wrote music together with Phyllis
Chen, had a successful run at the Cherry Lane Theater in NYC, after
performances at Piccolo Spoleto (SC), Thespis Festival (NYC), the
Berkshire Fringe (MA), and DIVA monodrama festival (Austria). Schedule
and more info at http://www.theothermozart.com/upcoming-performances.
I'll be going to Japan twice in 2014 for performances of Dai Fujikura's concerto Mina, first with the Nagoya Symphony and then with the Tokyo Symphony.
It's been a great Fall for new releases - Rebekah Heller and Phyllis Chen both released beautiful discs that include pieces I wrote for them. And I play on world premiere recordings from John Zorn, Iannis Xenakis, John Luther Adams and Dai Fujikura!
The 2013 Mostly Mozart Festival presented a program of my works, performed by ICE, including the world premiere of a Ghostlight for prepared piano, written for Jacob Greenberg, and my song cycle On the Nature of Thingness with soprano Tony Arnold and 10 instrumentalists.
Spoleto Festival USA presented a monograph concert of my music in June, 2013, including Bells, On speaking a
hundred names, and my string quartet Skrzyp Skrzyń.
, my new work for solo bari sax and electronics, is getting performances far and wide from its 15 co-commissioners. Updates are on the Schedule
The second annual Morningside Lights - On the evening of September 21, 2013, a luminous underwater world suddenly emerged amidst the winding paths of Morningside Park, as a procession of illuminated sculptures made its way from Harlem to Broadway. It was a collaboration with Columbia University's Miller Theater and Processional Arts Workshop with open-form music I wrote instruments with fixed media, broadcast via soundcloud to megaphones carried in the procession.
I am excited to have returned to the music faculty at Dartmouth College, teaching percussion lessons and directing the Contemporary Music Lab.
My new CD, The Bright and Hollow Sky, is out! It is a cycle of pieces written for ICE over the last few years. The performances are fantastic, and it was recorded at the state-of-the-art concert hall
at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at RPI. More information on my discs page and excerpts can be heard here and at New Focus Recordings. The disc is available for sale on my shop page, at the New Focus site, cdbaby, itunes, and other retailers.
And TimeOut NY named it number 5 in the top 10 Best Classical Albums of 2011
Lincoln Center opened their Tully Scope Festival in February 2011 with Bells (click for more information), my
half-hour work for winds, percussion, many mobile chimes, and all the mobile
phones of the audience.
light-painting portrait above by Aurora Crowley, created in a
single 2-minute exposure - and no photoshop