Athens Saxophone Quartet has been selected to perform at this year's World Saxophone Congress, in Strasbourg, France, in July. We will perform my work here is no water but only rock along with Tetrasax by Athanasios Zervas, the group's founder. I am also composing a new piece for the group, which we will premiere in the U.S. this fall.
I will be headed to New York in June 2015 to perform my piece Handcrafted Ale for beer and computer at this year's NYCEMF festival.
I am thrilled to have finished a new work for the extraordinary flutist Shanna Gutierrez, for open-hole bass flute and computer. This new work, Stutter Edit, is part of a project which received a grant from New Music USA to produce a collection of works for Gutierrez and her new Kingma-system bass flute. Gutierrez premiered the work on January 11, 2015 as part of the Frequency Series at Constellation Chicago. More details on the NewMusicUSA site. The score and a recording are available here.
I have just completed a commission from the Thelema Trio (Belgium) for their upcoming tour and recording projects. The work is titled Prayers to Broken Stone and comprises nine short movements based on specific images from poetry by T.S. Eliot.
Spring 2015 is very busy: performances in Chicago and Indianapolis in January (video sample here from my concert at Butler University). Stephan Vermeersch continues to perform Quirk regularly (Italy in February, the Netherlands in March, and Los Angeles in June). Quirk was also accepted to the 2015 SEAMUS conference, at Virginia Tech in March. I will perform my saxophone & computer pieces Phantasm and Extensions at the Western Illinois University new music festival in March.
Phantasm: Music for Saxophone and Computer
In 2009, I toured extensively across Europe and the United States with a program of eleven works for saxophone and computer.
I am happy to announce that the album Phantasm: Music for Saxophone and Computer, containing all eleven works from that tour, has been released by Ravello Records and is now available on iTunes, Amazon, and other digital distributors. Get your copy today!