The Heroine premier

On Saturday, November 14, 2015, the Composers Collective held our first orchestral performance. Led by maestro David Štech, the Composers Collective Orchestra played through sixteen world premieres by members from the group at Flushing Town Hall in Queens, NY.

From the program notes:

The Heroine: Chapter 12 – After being away for many days, our heroine returns home to a warm welcome. Chapter 17 – It seems inevitable that the encroaching evil will… Chapter 23 – A new sword, a new companion, life is good on the road! Chapter 24 – It is all around: war, evil war! Chapter 29 – …if nothing else, her burned flesh will heal and leave marks by way of hardened skin, ready to tackle the next challenge without fear.

I attempted to create a cinematic scape with hard, dynamic sections butted against melodic movement. The solos were performed by concert master Eugene Muneyoshi Takahashi and principal violist Brian Thompson.

Composers Collective November 2014

In the fall of 2014, the Composers Collective had the pleasure of hiring a brass quintet for our fall concert. The second performance of our young group, held again at the Opera America Center in Manhattan, was in the more attractive Recital Hall. The musicians performed thirteen brand new pieces to a full house. Continue reading Composers Collective November 2014

Holding Your Breath

I wrote this piece, Hold Your Breath, at the end of 2013 and “rediscovered” it in the recordings on my computer. I’m very proud of it as I was venturing out into strange meters and opposing two-handed rhythms while experimenting with the range of the piano.

But beyond any compositional features, I think what really gave this recording life was the amazingly expressive playing of Blair McMillen.  I was so impressed with his rendition upon the first read I really had no comment or correction. He basically nailed it. On top of that, he’s such a nice guy.

Here’s his second take, recorded on a Steinway at Juilliard:

There Will Be Ondes Martenot

There Will Be Blood end credits

There Will Be Blood end credits

Tonight, the Wordless Music series presented a screening of the 2007 film “There Will Be Blood” with live orchestra. Jonny Greenwood performed live with the group on Ondes Martenot, a curious, early electronic instrument that has since come back from obscurity, mostly with his help. Continue reading There Will Be Ondes Martenot

The Bakery show

Last week on the 12th, I had the pleasure of performing alongside my good musical friend Chesney Snow again for a show called “The Whole Enchilada”.

The Whole Enchilada
The Whole Enchilada

The wonderful Rachel Harrington, Orlando Arriaga, and Liz Days, also know as “The Bakery“, put together a sketch comedy show at This Theater in NYC. Chesney and I provided the soundtrack for three short comedy films that were showing between set changes. It was so much fun and the trio is a very talented group. It was no big thing to meet during a quick whirlwind dress rehearsal the night before where Chesney and I knocked out composing three songs for the short interstitials. That man is a beatboxing master! Such a good collaboration.

“Cannon to the right of them! Cannon to the left of them!” Kudos to The Bakery team! Looking forward to the next project!