At long last, “Cityscaping,” The Brass Project’s debut album, is releasing — the disc drops December 1st! My track, “Ornithopter,” will be available for early download as part of a preorder package, which you can snag on November 1st. The album, which I helped to curate, is a sonic tasting menu of engaging new music for brass. You can read more about the project on The Brass Project’s website, and you can hear the album on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, Spotify, and pretty much any other service you can think of. Enjoy!
I'm very excited to be writing a children's opera for Curtis' Family Concerts series! The libretto and music will be composed with input from students at Girard College and William Cramp Elementary School, and we're shaping the story around Anansi, an Akan folk tale character. The singers are dynamite, and the opera is sure to be exciting for audiences of all ages! Anansi will have three performances:
Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at Girard College, 11:00AM
Sunday, March 31st, 2019 in Lenfest Hall at The Curtis Institute of Music, 11:00AM
and Sunday, March 31st, 2019 in Lenfest Hall at The Curtis Institute of Music, 1:00PM.
Can’t wait to see you there! Tickets are available on Curtis’ website.
I'm collaborating with the phenomenal arx duo and pianist Amy Yang on an ambitious new eight-hands piece featuring two pianists and two percussionists. The piece is being commissioned in honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, and the premiere will take place on the exciting and interdisciplinary Music of Reality series in Cambridge, MA. Stay tuned for more details!
I'm very excited to have been commissioned by the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival in honor of their 10th season. I'm writing a new work for flute, violin, cello, and piano that will premiere at FlynnSpace as part of LCCMF’s “Beethovens of Today” program. The concert is on November 4th, and tickets are available — hope to see you there, Burlington!
On Friday, November 2nd at 7PM, I'll be giving a pre-concert lecture on Samuel Barber for the Brooklyn Art Song Society. Come on by to hear about Barber and his place in the society's series on "American Iconoclasts!"
The fabulous Eric Huckins, first ever horn player to win the Astral National Auditions, will premiere my piece “With Pinions of Immense Desire” on the Winners Concert at the Kimmel Center. The program is full of wonderful music — tickets are available, so book them up if you’re in Philadelphia on October 9th!
I'm glad to have been invited to the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival for their 10th season. I'll be presenting a new work for string quartet, titled "Between the Reels," at their Sounding Board workshop and concert. Hope to see you there if you happen to be in Vermont!
My new work for string quartet and electronics premieres on Curtis' 20/21 season on May 4th. The program will be really interesting -- it includes quartet and electronics pieces by my five other colleagues at Curtis, all performed by the incomparable Zorá String Quartet. It's free, and we'd love to see you there!
I'm stoked to be heading to Hong Kong for the first time as a Composer Fellow for this year's Intimacy of Creativity festival! A newly revised, leaner and meaner 27 Morningside will receive its premiere on 4/29 or 5/6 at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts. More information is available at: http://www.ic.shss.ust.hk/ic2018-world-premiere-concerts/
My good friend and colleague Steven Franklin will premiere a new piece of mine for trumpet and piano on his graduation recital from Curtis. His phenomenal playing is not to be missed at this free concert!
I'm very excited that my chamber orchestra piece To the Colors, which I composed in response to Mozart's Haffner Symphony, will be performed on a Mozart birthday concert by the Spectrum Symphony of New York! Tickets available through the Spectrum Symphony.
This scintillating little quartet, originally commissioned by Music from Angel Fire, received its second performance at the Curtis Institute of Music on 12/13/17.
"The Evening Lamps Alight" was commissioned by Gretna Music in honor of the 125th anniversary of the town of Mount Gretna, PA. The work is an adventurous chorale prelude on the Chautauqua hymn ‘Day is dying in the west.’ It takes its title from a particularly beautiful turn of phrase in the hymn’s first verse: ‘wait and worship while the night / sets the evening lamps alight / through all the sky.’ Tickets are available at Gretna Music's site.
Luzerne Music Center's second faculty artist concert of the summer will feature my "Celestial Dances," for string quartet. Tickets are available here, and you can find more information about the summer season at LMC's page. The faculty artists are absolutely top-notch -- I'm thrilled to be working with Antonio Rincon, Eliezer Gutman, Laura Manko Sahin, and Jameson Platte!
I couldn't be more excited to have a chance to work with the American Composers' Orchestra for their 2017 Underwood New Music Readings. On Thursday, June 22nd from 10AM to 1PM, you'll get a rare chance to glimpse the orchestral rehearsal process for six brand new works. Then on Friday, June 23rd at 7:30PM you'll be able to hear my piece "Mercury-Redstone 3" at the run-through performance. If you're in New York City, this is about as awesome a free concert opportunity as you'll ever see! You can register (seriously, for free) here for Thursday's rehearsal and here for Friday's run-through performance. See you there!
The annual Curtis composers' orchestra concert lands on April 1st this year -- and I promise this isn't an April Fool's gag! If you can make it to Philly, come hear my latest orchestral work premiered by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra alongside five other world premieres. It's a free concert, and a great one! This year's program may also be livestreamed, so stay tuned for further details.
"Homunculus," commissioned by OneBook Philadelphia and Neil Rao, will be performed on Neil's graduation recital on March 20th. We had a couple nice radio spots about this piece -- feel free to check them out on WRTI and WHYY. It's really quite a spectacle to see Neil perform this work, so if you're free, you should totally come watch.
My choral work "How to Praise" will be featured on a compline service here in Philadelphia on 2/19. My fantastic colleague Emily Cooley will also have a new work performed, so please join us if you are free for an evening of reflection and new music.
On January 25th, my new piece "Homunculus," for solo percussion, will be premiered by friend/composer/percussionist extraordinaire Neil Rao. This work was commissioned for the 15th anniversary of the Free Library of Philadeliphia's One Book, One City event, and the music is related to my experience of reading Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The event also features interviews with several fascinating authors, and it's free and unticketed! I'd love to see you there.