News & Upcoming Activities

  • I am thrilled to be composing a new work for extraordinary flutist Shanna Gutierrez, for open-hole bass flute and computer. This new work 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. The premiere is scheduled for January 11, 2015 as part of the Frequency Series at Constellation Chicago. More details on the NewMusicUSA site.
  • I am currently working on 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.
  • I am also composing a new piece for the Athens Saxophone Quartet, which we will premiere in the U.S. this fall.
  • I will perform my work Handcrafted Ale, for beer and computer, at this year's Electronic Music Midwest festival, near Chicago, as well as on the UCM campus for the Provost's Faculty Showcase concert. Video of the piece here—it's fun!
  • It was a very busy spring: I completed a collaboration with dancer and choreographer Chadi El-Khoury titled Time and Memory: Bringing Light To Life. My role in the work was to provide live video projections, using Max/Jitter with input from Kinects tracking the dancers in real time. More details (and pictures/video) here. Also, the UCM Wind Ensemble premiered my new work, The Persistence of Magic, for wind ensemble and live electronics at the 2014 CBDNA Southwest Division Conference (video of the premiere here). Finally, ASQ performed my piece "here is no water but only rock" at the 2014 North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference.
  • Quirk for bass clarinet and computer is being performed several times this fall! Belgian clarinetist Stephan Vermeersch will be performing it at the 2014 ClarinetFest in August 2014, in Baton Rouge. Krista Martynes performed it at the 2013 ICMC in Perth, Western Australia and is coming to UCM this fall to perform it again. Andrea Cheeseman will perform it at this year's Electroacoustic Barn Dance in Virginia. Finally, Mauricio Salguero, who commissioned the work, has released a new CD with Quirk as the title track. I engineered and co-produced the CD, which is entirely of music for clarinet and electronics. It includes works by Jason Bolte, Chris Biggs, Jorge Sosa, Andrew Cole, Sarah Horick, and a duet (Bapu) by Asha Srinivasan featuring Rebecca Ashe on flute and piccolo. The CD is available on iTunes and other online stores. Check it out: it's a fantastic disc!

Performing Jessica Rudman's Concertina No. 1 "Cathedrals" for baritone saxophone and fixed media