Works

Chamber (Instrumental)

Night Rituals (2012)

For flute (doubling picc./alto flute), bass clarinet (doubling clarinet), violin, cello, piano, and percussion—15’
For eighth blackbird
Premiered May 18th 2012, Contempo (The Contemporary Chamber Players of the University of Chicago), Fulton Hall, Chicago, IL by eighth blackbird
*Scheduled performance July 2012, Wellesley Composers Conference

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Night Rituals program note

Currents (2011)

Currents (2011), for 2 alto saxophones, piano, and mallet percussion (vibraphone, marimba, crotales)—19’
Commissioned by Ian Jefress (saxophonist)
Early version performed April 2004 by Ian Jeffress, Chris Anderson, Abigail Shenkle, Cayenna Ponchione, Hockett Recital Hall, Ithaca, NY
Early version performed May 2004 at North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Convention, North Carolina State University, Greensboro, NC
Premiered April 2011 by the Ryan Muncy, David Wegehaupt, Nolan Pearson, and Lia DeRoin, Max Janowski Young Artist Concert, K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation, Chicago, IL.
Performed June 2011 by Zach Herchen, Philipp Stäudlin, Aaron Likness, and Ryan Packard, SICPP “Iditarod” concert, Brown Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA.

Innisfree Sketches (2010)

for flute, string quartet, and piano—3′

Premiered by the New Fromm Players, Tanglewood Festival, Lenox, MA

Inventions (2010), for two instruments

Invention I, for flute and cello—2’
Invention II, for viola and clarinet—3’
Invention III, for violin and contrabass—1’30”
Premiered July 2010 by the New Fromm Players at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood Festival, Lenox, MA

Towards the Flame (2009)

For flute, violin, cello, and percussion—11′
for eighth blackbird and Jeffrey Phillips
Premiered May 2009 by eighth blackbird in Fulton Recital Hall, Chicago, IL
Performed Sept. 2009 by eighth blackbird in Modlin Arts Center, Richmond, VA
Performed Jan. 2010 by eighth blackbird at Harris Theater, Chicago, IL
Performed April 2010 by The Accidental Collective, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Performed August 2010 by the New Fromm Players, Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, MA
Performed March 2011 by the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, St. Peter’s Lutheran, New York, NY
Performed Sept. 2011 by the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Indiana Univ. Southeast, New Albany, IN
Performed March 2012 by the Cadillac Moon Ensemble, Symphony Space, New York, NY
Performed April 2012 by Precipice, ND 501 Studios, Fast Forward Austin Festival, Austin, TX

Improvisation (“Breathe”) (2009)

for solo tenor saxophone—7’
Premiered Aug. 2009 by the composer at the Bowdoin International Music Festival, Brunswick, ME, in Studzinski Recital Hall
Performed Nov. 2009 at Fulton Recital Hall, Chicago, IL by the composer
Performed March 2010 at North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Convention, University of Georgia, Athens, GA by the composer

Elegy (2003)

For saxophone quartet—6’

Commissioned by The New Heritage Saxophone Quartet
Premiered July 2003 by The New Heritage Saxophone Quartet at World Saxophone Congress, Minneapolis, MN

Meditation and Exorcism (2000, rev. 2003)

For 2 alto saxophones—12’
Commissioned by Joseph Ford (saxophonist)
Premiered April 2003 by Joseph Ford and Shawn Allison, Hockett Recital Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Performed June 2004 at Ithaca Festival by Tabula Rasa, Ithaca, NY
Performed Sept. 2005 Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
Performed May 2006 at Intégrales New Music Festival, University of Southern Miss., Hattiesburg, MS
Performed Feb 2006 at North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Convention, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Chamber (with voice)

(höre) (2012)

for mezzo-soprano and percussion—ca. 8’
Commissioned by Laura Mercado-Wright
Text: from “Die Erste Elegie,” from Duino Elegies, Rainer Maria Rilke
Premiered Oct. 2012, SoundSpace at the Blanton, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX, by Laura Mercado-Wright and Cullen Faulk

Epitaph (2011)

for mezzo-soprano and piano (Mondnacht No. 6)—ca. 3’
for Laura Mercado-Wright and Ryan MacEvoy McCullough
Text: Untitled, from Uncollected Poems

Fallende Sterne (2011)

for mezzo-soprano and piano (Mondnacht No. 3)—3’30”
for Laura Mercado-Wright and Ryan MacEvoy McCullough
Text: untitled, from Uncollected Poems, by Rainer Maria Rilke
Premiered June 2011, Tanglewood Music Center, Lenox, MA, by Ryan McEvoy McCullough and Laura Mercado-Wright

Eine weiße Stadt (2011)

for mezzo-soprano and piano (Mondnacht No. 1)—8’
for Laura Mercado-Wright and Ryan MacEvoy McCullough
Text: “Klage” by Rainer Maria Rilke
Premiered April 2011, Max Janowski Young Artist Concert, K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation, Chicago, IL, by Laura Mercado-Wright and Abigail Allison

Three New Lullabies (2011)

for tenor saxophone and mezzo-soprano (version A), or for mezzo-soprano and baritone (version B), a cappella—10’
for Laura Mercado-Wright and Alan Dunbar
Text: “A Girl” by Ezra Pound, “Lulaby (for a Black Mother)” by Langston Hughes, and “Berceuse al espejo dormido” by Federico García Lorca
Version A Premiered April 2011, Max Janowski Young Artist Concert, K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Congregation, Chicago, IL, by Laura Mercado-Wright and Shawn Allison
Version B Premiered Oct. 2012, SoundSpace at the Blanton, Blanton Museum of Art, by Laura Mercado-Wright and Thann Scoggin

Lullaby (2010)

for soprano and mezzo-soprano—3’
for Elizabeth Baldwin and Leslie Davis
Text: “A Girl” by Ezra Pound
Premiered July 2010 at Seiji Ozawa Hall, Tanglewood Festival, Lenox, MA

El Río Naciente (2004)

El Río Naciente (2004), for soprano, amplified guitar, and piano—9’
Text: from El Mar y las Campanas by Pablo Neruda
Premiered April 2004 Hockett Recital Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Performed Sept. 2006 Xavier University by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and Sonia Rodriguez Bermejo, soprano

Oración (2002)

for soprano, alto saxophone, chamber strings, piano, and 2 perc—8’

Commissioned by James Patrick Miller (conductor)
Text: from El Mar y las Campanas by Pablo Neruda
Premiered April, 2002, Sonia Rodriguez Bermejo, James P. Miller, conductor, Hockett Recital Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Performed March 2004, Ford Concert Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Tripping Up Inertia (2000)

for 3 cellos and reciter—11’

Commissioned by Miranora Frisch (cellist)
Text: “Tripping Up Inertia” by David Pisa
Premiered May 2000 by Miranora Frisch, Melita Glass, Emily Reck, and David Pisa, Urness Recital Hall, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN
Performed April 2004 Hockett Recital Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Performed Mar. 2009 Fredrikstad, Norway (as result of being awarded 2nd prize in Cello-Riss competition)

A Cappella Choral

Nocturne (2009)

for mixed choir (SSAATTBB, with divisi)—9’30”

Commissioned by The Esoterics (Seattle, WA) as winner of 2009 POLYPHONOS competition, U.S. composer category
Text: from “The Sleepers” by Walt Whitman
Premiered Oct. 17th, 2009 by The Esoterics, Eric Banks, Conductor, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Seattle, WA
Performed Oct. 18th, 2009 by The Esoterics Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Seattle, WA

Look Down, Fair Moon (2006)

For mixed choir (SATB, with divisi)—2’30”
Commissioned by the Cornell Chorale, Cornell University
Text: “Look Down Fair Moon” by Walt Whitman
Premiered April 2006 by the Cornell Chorale, James P. Miller, conductor, Sage Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Océano II (2006)

For mixed choir (SSAATB, with divisi)—4’
Commissioned by the Cornell Chorale, Cornell University
Text: from Plenes Poderes by Pablo Neruda
Premiered April 2006 by the Cornell Chorale, James P. Miller, conductor, Sage Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Océano I (2005)

Vocalise for mixed choir (SSAATB)—3’30”
Commissioned by the Cornell Chorale, Cornell University
Premiered April 2005 Sage Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Performed April 2006 by the Cornell Chorale, James P. Miller, conductor, Sage Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

El Viaje de Amar (2003)

For men’s chorus (TTBB)—6’
Commissioned by the Ithaca College Men’s chorus
Text: “Soneto XII” by Pablo Neruda

Orchestra

Veils of the Morning (2011)

for chamber orchestra (2.2.1.2, 2.2.0.0, 1 perc., strings [min. 5.5.4.3.2])—ca. 4’30’
Read Jan. 2011, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, St. Paul, MN, Clark Rundell, Conductor

Dawn Ritual (2008)

For chamber orchestra (2.2.1.2, 2.2.0.0., 1 perc., piano, and strings [min. 5.5.4.3.2])—ca. 8’
Read Nov. 2008 by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Cliff Colnot, Conductor

Large Ensemble (With Choir or Voice)

Pied Beauty (2006)

For mixed choir, wind ensemble (3.0.3.0.4, 3.3.3.0, 3 perc., pno.), and organ—
2’45”
Commissioned by the Cornell Chorale, Cornell University
Text: “Pied Beauty” by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Premiered April 2006 by The Cornell Chorale, James P. Miller, conductor, Sage Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Ceremony After a Fire Raid (2003)

For mixed choir, wind ensemble (2.2.1.1.4, 2.2.1.0, 3 perc.,
piano), and organ—18’
Commissioned by the Cornell Chorale, Cornell University
Text: “Ceremony After A Fire Raid” by Dylan Thomas
Premiered May 2003 by The Cornell Chorale, James P. Miller, Conductor, Sage Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Performed April 2006 by The Cornell Chorale, James P. Miller, Conductor, Sage Chapel, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

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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