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 things out in this expansive piece. Premiere TBD, most likely in Chicago in the fall.
- KAM Isaiah Israel—I will be composing a large work for mezzo-soprano, baritone, piano quintet, and fixed media commemorating the work of the late eminent Rabbi Arnold J. Wolf, a significant Jewish thinker and teacher who I had the fortune of meeting in the last years before his death in 2008. The work will employ parts of actual archived sermons from Rabbi Wolf, and will be premiered at his 5-year yahrzeit service at KAM Isaiah Israel Congregation, on Dec. 6th, 2013, and will feature Julia Bentley, Alan Dunbar, the Spektral Quartet, and Nolan Pearson, under the baton of Michael Lewanski. Working with these eight extraordinary musicians is going to be unforgettable, and the subject matter for this piece never ceases to inspire me!
- The Antares Project—I’ll be writing a work for this incredible trio (flute, cello, piano) for a premiere in Berlin in the winter. Right now, the basic topic of the piece is going to be drones (of all kinds).