On The Nature of Thingness is WQXR's Album of the Week - "Davis, Phyllis Chen, and their ICE colleagues manage to be as satisfying to the intellect as they are exciting to the ear."
Camargo Foundation Fellowship -
January-April 2016 I am a fellow at The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, writing a string quartet for the Calder Quartet (commissioned by Donaueschinger Musiktage) and a work for solo hammered dulcimer.
On the Nature of Thingness - ICE performs music by Chen and Davis
Starkland Records releases a new disc of music written for ICE:
Davis – Ghostlight, performed by Jacob Greenberg
Chen – Hush, performed by Cory Smythe and Phyllis Chen
– Chimers, performed by ICE
Davis – On speaking a hundred names, performed by Rebekah Heller
Chen – Beneath a Trace of Vapor, performed by Eric Lamb
Chen & Robert Dietz– Mobius
Davis – On the Nature of Thingness, performed by Tony Arnold and ICE
Released on February 26th - order or pre-order at Amazon.com
CD release event at The Stone on March 11
BAM Next Wave Festival and American Opera Projects present the world premiere of Hagoromo, my ballet-opera, November 3-8 at the BAM Harvey Theater.
Hagoromo is a re-imagining of the Japanese Noh play of the same name with a new libretto by Brendan Pelsue, featuring an all-star cast: the International Contemporary Ensemble, alto soloist Katalin Karolyi, tenor soloist Peter Tantsits, the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
Featuring dance icons Wendy Whelan and Jock Soto, choreography by David Neumann, puppets by Chris Green, directed by David Michalek.
Performances November 3, 5-8
BAM Harvey Theater
The Other Mozart wins Innovative Theater Awards -
Phyllis Chen and I won for Best Original Music, and Sylvia Milo won for Best Solo Performance. This follows on the heels of my Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Sound Design.
The Other Mozart continues to tour the world, check the schedule at http://www.theothermozart.com/upcoming-performances.
2014-15 sees the several premieres of a Sound uttered, a Silence crossed, or ASK (for short), a new work for large chorus and percussion quartet with a libretto by the fearless poet Laura Mullen, in a commission led by the La Jolla Symphony Chorus, directed by David Chase, and red fish blue fish, Third Coast Percussion, Notre Dame University, and others.
Read more about the piece here on this site and a beautiful account of the collaborative process on Laura's blog.
Crystal Radio, a new work for solo percussion commissioned by Steven Schick, was 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.
I performed as a concerto soloist twice in Japan in 2014 for performances of Dai Fujikura's concerto Mina - in February with the Nagoya Symphony and then in June the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra at Takemitsu Hall.
Last Fall was great 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!
This season look for new releases of my music from the International Contemporary Ensemble and the Calder Quartet.
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 CD, The Bright and Hollow Sky, nears the end of its first printing! 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