November 8 and 9 brought the premiere 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.
Read more about the piece here on this site and a beautiful account of the collaborative process on Laura's blog.
The Other Mozart, a monodrama conceived and performed by inimitable actress Sylvia Milo, for which I wrote music together with Phyllis Chen, ran for 24 performances at HERE in SoHo, followed by shows in Salzburg, Munich, and elsewhere. Future performances at http://www.theothermozart.com/upcoming-performances.
The International Contemporary Ensemble presented a monograph concert of my works on July 11 at Mount Tremper Arts, followed on July 12 by a concert of music by Christian Wolff (including a world premiere written for ICE).
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.
The third annual Morningside Lights - On the evening of September 27, 2014, a luminous 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