News

September 2021 :

The writing page is finally up and running. Check out a selection of ten short poems, many with recorded readings!

Also, Two Nocturnes (2021) was premiered Sunday, September 19th at Classical Revolution RVA’s Incarnations event. Check out the recording!


May 2021 :
Cellist James Alexander premiered my composition Poem on a Landscape (2019) in a webcast performance. Check out the recording on the music page.


January 2021 :
I’m excited to be taking part in the January 1:2:1 composer/performer intensive workshop led by Nick Photinos with Molly Barth, Doug Perkins & Nina C. Young. Percussionist Kevin Zetina will be premiering my new composition Two Images for the Sunday, January 17 webcast concert. Check out the recording on the music page.


November 2020 :
Video of Vicky Chow’s Waylands premier performance added to the music page.


March 2020 :
A new playlist of experimental folk performances has been added to the music page.

I’m also totally recoding the website, with tables converted to divs (making my way into the 21st century!) & many other improvements. Excuse any temporarily dead hyperlinks on this news page.


April 2019 :
More resources added to the international melody archives section.


March 2019 :
New rehearsal recording of Elegy-Meditation for tenor saxophone, viola & piano-percussion added to the music page.


October 2017 :
New pieces added to the writing page.


September 2017 :
New collections are in the works for piano solo, percussion solo & for chamber quartet.


August 2017 :
I’ve just returned from the 12th annual Bang on a Can Summer Festival in North Adams, Massachusetts where I had the privilege of working closely with some of the most exciting comtemporary composers & musicians for three weeks.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the crowdfunding campaign. I am so grateful.

Bang on a Can #2
(image from bangonacan.org)


June 2017 :
New composition recording added to the youtube channel.



third Monophony Study played on a custom 8-string guitar


May 2017 :
I’ve been selected as one of nine composition fellows for Bang on a Can’s 2017 Summer Festival!

Bang on a Can #1
(image from bangonacan.org)

The three-week festival takes place at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams. In addition to the composition fellows, thirty-three musicians from twelve countries are also participating. The composition faculty consists of Michael Gordon (honored by Guggenheim Foundation, NEA, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, American Academy of Arts & Letters), David Lang (Pulitzer Prize, Grammy, Yale faculty) & Julia Wolfe (MacArthur Fellow, Pulitzer Prize, NYU faculty).


May 2017 :
My Passing the Pick & Bow students & I are featured on CBS Sunday Morning!

CBS Sunday Morning still
(video still from cbsnews.com)


The program investigates potential ramifications for rural communities if NEA funding is cut.


May 2017 :
New composition recordings added to the music page.

Monophony Studies, 2017/18


recorded outdoors with assorted acoustic instruments


May 2017 :
New arrangement of Shorora, Salat by Armenian legend Komitas added to the youtube channel.



March 2017 :
New composition recordings added to the music page.

Nocturnal Hours, six piano pieces, 2016


recorded in Pine Mountain Settlement School’s chapel


March 2017 :
Improvisations added to the music page.

Hickory House - Session One: Practice of Prayer


first trio improvisation with Ben Jaffe & Dave Desmeaux
Bed Stuy, Brooklyn; September 2015