2015-2016 season

There have been some big changes in my life in the last couple years, the biggest of which is that I have relocated (for the foreseeable future) to Southwest Florida. I have just started as an adjunct faculty member at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Bower School of Music and the Arts, and I also teach […]

The Age of Catastrophes, and the Upcoming Season

Dec. 6th, 2013 was a good day. My piece, The Age of Catastrophes, for mezzo-soprano, baritone, string quartet, piano, and fixed media, was premiered at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation in Chicago. It was an intense, exhilarating experience, and the piece went over very well. The piece was commissioned by KAM Isaiah Israel and the Rabbi […]


I have some exciting commissions to announce officially: Nolan Pearson—this will be a pretty major piece for solo piano, inspired by the wonderfully complex and paradoxical The Last Pictures project by photographer/geographer/activist Trevor Paglen. Nolan is an extraordinary performer who can do anything on the piano, so I am very much looking forward to trying […]

Cadillac Moon Ensemble CD Release

The wonderful NYC-based Cadillac Moon Ensemble has recorded a stellar album on New Dynamic Records, called Atlas, which features my 2009 piece Towards the Flame. The CD (and digital) release concert is happening in New York on Sunday, Sept. 30th at the DiMenna Center at 7:30, and the ensemble will be performing selections from the release. […]

Contempo to perform Night Rituals May 18th

I just finished a 15-minute work for the Grammy-winning ensemble eighth blackbird called Night Rituals, which they will premiere as part of a Contempo (The Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago) concert May 18th at 7:30 in Fulton Hall at the University of Chicago. While it may go without saying that it is incredible […]

Towards the Flame recording by The Cadillac Moon Ensemble

I recently got back from a wonderful recording session at New Dynamic Records in Indiana, where the Cadillac Moon Ensemble recently finished recording my 2009 work, Towards the Flame. This wonderful group of musicians did an incredible job, paying attention to every detail with the utmost care and artistry, and the result will be truly […]

Shawn Allison named 2011 Max Janowski Young Artist, and SPCO reading sessions

I am pleased to announce that I was recently named the 2011 Max Janowski Young Artist by KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation.  The prize, named for the synagogue’s long-time music director (he was director from 1938 until his death in 1991), has a storied past, and I am humbled to be included among its recipients, the […]

Synchronic Shades, for Tenor Saxophone and iPod performer, by Benjamin Day Smith

Here is a fun piece that I premiered with the composer, Benjamin Day Smith, at the North American Saxophone Alliance in March and then performed again at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in May. Ben gives a wonderful description of the piece on his website (there is a video recording on this page that captures […]

A Fun Night at the Harris Theater

Jan. 16th, 2010 was a fun night. My 2009 piece, Towards the Flame, was performed for the third time by four members of one of the best chamber groups on the planet, the Chicago-based, Grammy-Award winning eighth blackbird (a complete recording of the piece is available under the recordings tab on this site). Scored for […]

Seattle Premiere Wrap-Up

Thanks to Eric Banks and the Esoterics for a great premiere weekend! Last weekend, Oct. 17th and 18th, they performed my recent choral work, Nocturne, in two extraordinary concert spaces in Seattle: St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, and the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. The piece truly came alive in both spaces, with beautiful and stirring performances […]

Featured Recordings

Live Performance by eighth blackbird

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for two alto saxophones, mallet percussion, and piano

live performance by Zach Herchen, Philipp Stäudlin, Ryan Packard, and Aaron Likness, June 26th, 2011

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