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On faculty at soundSCAPE festival

This summer I will join the compsition faculty at the soundSCAPE festival in Cesena, Italy
. I will be working with young composers and performers on their works and my own.

pulse-echo to be recorded by Jason Hardink and the JACK Quartet

This October pianist Jason Hardink and the JACK Quartet will record pulse-echo, a work written for Jason and commissioned by the Koussevitzky Foundation. The work pulse-echo derives its title, in part, from a quote by Arnold Schoenberg: “Art is the cry of distress of those who personally experience the fate of mankind. Within themselves they carry the pulse of the world and only an echo reaches the outside. And that echo is the work of art.” The title is also a reference to the onset of attacks, their decay, and the play of reiterative and timbral continuities that were the conceptual genesis of the piece.

Rebekah Heller's recording of Asarum canadense: "Wild Ginger"  available now

Bassoonist Rebekah Heller released Asarum canadense: "Wild Ginger," from book 2 of A Compendium of Native Catskill Botanicals on ICE's TUNDRA imprint on New Focus Recordings. The album also features works by Dai Fujikura, Felipe Lara and Rand Steiger. "Wild Ginger" was written for Rebekah and received its premiere in New York in 2015. "Wild Ginger" is inspired by the perennial whose delicate, dark-purple flower, often concealed by the plant’s leaves, is supported by branching rhizomes that grow underneath. Buy the recording here.

Testify commissioned by New Music USA for JACK Quartet

Testify, the final part of the triptych Passage
, for string quartet and interactive lighting, has been commissioned by New Music USA for the JACK Quartet. Passage takes as its inspiration those who have survived trauma and oppression, turning horrific experience into positive vehicles for understanding and healing through word and action. The work locates its public in a provocative space where it might consider the implications of the subject matter the work confronts. Read more about the project here.

Rendition to be recorded by Marianne Gythfeldt and Augustus Arnone

In January Marianne Gythfeldt and Augustus Arnone of
Collide-O-Scope Music will record "Rendition" to be included on Collide-O-Scope's debut album alongside works by Lou Bunk, Yotam Haber, and Robert Morris.

Compression premiered in Los Angeles and New York

Commissioned by trombone virtuosi Matt Barbier and William Lang, "Compression" was be premiered by Matt on 18 October on the Wild Beast concert series at Cal Arts. Will gave the NY premiere on 19 December in Brooklyn. The piece references compressive and positional asphyxia, particularly as a result of police brutality. 


Victoria Jordanova's recording of Athrium filix-femina: "Lady Fern" now available

From book 2 of A Compendium of Native Catskill Botanicals, Athrium filix-femina: "Lady Fern," for harp, has been released by Victoria Jordanova for ArpaViva. "Lady Fern" is inspired by the deciduous perennial that is ubiquitous throughout the Catskills. Buy the recording here.

Wendy Richman records "to be held..."

Wendy Richman recorded "to be held..." for singing violist, to be included on her forthcoming album "vox/viola." The release will also include pieces written for Wendy by Lou Bunk, Christian Carey, Stephen Gorbos, Jose-Luis Hurtado, Everette Minchew, Arlene Sierra, David Smooke, and Ken Ueno. The album will also be released on ICE's TUNDRA label.

Claire Chase records The Silenced, late 2018 release

Claire Chase recorded "The Silenced" at Meyer Sound, Berkeley, CA in a single take. The work will be released as part of the Density 2036 series of recordings coinciding with a five-year retrospective marathon concert, also in Berkeley. Below are excerpts from the premiere performance in October, 2015.

Last update: 27 May 2018