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BAM Next Wave Festival and American Opera Projects present the world premiere of Hagoromo, my ballet-opera, November 5-8 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, 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

Claire Chase and Density iii at The Kitchen - 

Claire returns to The Kitchen for the 3rd installment of her groundbreaking commissioning project. On October 2, she gives the world premiere of my piece Limn for bass and contrabass flute and electronics, alongside new works by Pauline Oliveros, Jason Eckardt, Dai Fujikura, and Francesca Verunelli. And on September 29 and 30 she revisits Densities i and iii.

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 returns to NYC at the Players Theatre in October!

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.

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

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 SkrzyƄ.

portrait above by Aurora Crowley, created in a single 2-minute exposure -
 and no photoshop

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.

click for reviews from The New York Times, The Berkshire Review, and Lucid Culture.

light-painting portrait above by Aurora Crowley, created in a single 2-minute exposure - and no photoshop

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