Obsidian Brass Quintet

On January 17 and 18, 2013, the Obsidian Brass Quintet will perform my brass quintet, Indefinite Bellows and Certain Murmurs. Also on the program will be 3 other world premieres by RAM composers and the winning score from RAM’s 2012 call for scores, Balsamic Reduction, by PoChun Wang.

Obsidian Brass is a young, emerging group of performers who all met at Northwestern University. Shortly after forming, they garnered the top prize as festival champions of the 2009 International Brass Chamber Music Festival.

While I am a hornist, myself, I rarely write for brass anymore. I’ve found writing for these instruments again to be both exciting and very difficult.

1/17/2013 at 8pm: Waltz-Astoria, 23-14 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria ($10 table charge)

1/18/2013 at 8pm: Greenwich House, 46 Barrow Street, in the Village 10014.

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Old instruments, new music


So, one of the great things about producing the Queens New Music Festival last May was that I got to meet lots and lots of musicians doing amazing things. My favorite new friends were the musicians of Parthenia. They’re a “consort of Viols.” And what’s that, you may ask. It’s a quartet of ancient instruments of different sizes and shapes that are all part of the Viol family. Basically, they’re stringed instruments with frets that are played with a bow. The instruments were very popular during the renaissance period. The players who still perform on the viol are mostly dedicated to performing ancient music of western Europe.

But the players of Parthenia are interested in expanding the repertoire for their instruments. They’ve commissioned a few contemporary composers, including Francis White and my old pal, Max Lifchitz. Parthenia performed an entire set of new works for viols at the festival. Afterwards, I approached them about their interest in continuing to play works by contemporary composers. They were excited by the idea. So, after much discussion and planning, Parthenia and the composers of Random Access Music will be doing a collaborative concert in the Autumn of 2013. I’m really excited about this, and can’t wait to get started writing a new piece for these amazing instruments and performers.

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Recent Publications

I’m happy to report that my work for Clarinet and Piano, as big as alone, is finally off the presses and available for purchase.  Check it out if you can!

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Queens New Music Festival

On May 10-13, I was the leading organizer of the Queens New Music Festival. The weekend was filled with new concert hall music of almost every stripe. The only kinds of groups we were missing were large ensembles like wind bands and orchestras. I’d like to thank all of my fellow Random Access Music composers (Manly Romero, David Fetherolf, Wang Jie, Gilbert Galindo, Andrew Lee, and Stefan Weisman) for all their great help in getting the festival up and running.

We had some great press, including previews of the festival in the NYTimes, TimeOut New York, and the Queens Tribune; as well as some recommendations from local critics and reviewers like Alex Ross (at his blog The Rest Is Noise), Dan Wakin (at the NYTimes Arts Blog), and Steve Smith. I’d like to thank those guys for all their support in making the festival a success.

And, finally, I’d like to thank all the ensembles who performed

  • Cadillac Moon Ensemble
  • Daniel Neer
  • Andrea Mazzariello, Chris Tignor, and Cameron Britt
  • Lost Dog
  • Quintet of the Americas
  • Kate Dillingham
  • Todd Reynolds and TACTUS
  • The Links
  • Parthenia

I couldn’t have had a more exciting line-up. Thanks!

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Toast and Jam

My newest work, Toast and Jam, will be performed by the Cadillac Moon Ensemble. This emerging quartet is dedicated to creating and expanding the repetoire for their unique instrumentation: Flute, Violin, Violoncello, and Percussion.

Cadillac Moon will be performing 6 works,  including 4 world premieres by me and my fellow composers of Random Access Music. The program will include music by me, Wang Jie, Stefan Weisman, Manly Romero, David Fetherolf, and Gilbert Galindo.

There will be two performances

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 @ 7:30
Greenwich House, 46 Barrow Street, Manhattan
Tickets are $14 online and $20 at the door. [Purchase Tickets Online]


Thursday, May 10, 2012
Secret Theatre, Studio 104 (The Little Secret)
44-02 23rd Street, LIC, Queens 11101 [map]
Tickets are $14 online and $20 at the door [Purchase Tickets Online]

The second performance will be the opening night of the Queens New Music Festival–one of my newest projects. The festival will include 9 different performing ensembles over a 4 day festival. Check out the festival website for all the latest info.

The Queens performance of Lucky Number Generator is made possible, in part, with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by the Queens Council on the Arts.

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Throttle: new work for Vn., Vc., and Piano

Please join me and my fellow Random Access Music composers to hear the world premiere of my new work for Violin, Cello, and Piano: Throttle. The work will be presented on a concert of 6 premieres entitled “Southwest Inversion”. The music will be performed by the Southwest Trio: Jessica Mathaes, Violin; Elisabeth Lee, Cello; and Colette Valentine, Piano.

Friday, March 9, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
23-14 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, Queens, NY
(no ticket charge, $10 table fee)

Saturday, March 10, 2012, 8:00 p.m.
Greenwich House
46 Barrow Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $15 online/$20 at the door

The lineup includes works by Wang Jie, Manly Romero, David Fetherolf, and Gilbert Galindo. Also included will be a new work by Nick Omiciolli, the winner of RAM’s 2011 call for new scores.

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Thank you Tom Piercy and Claudine Hickman

 I’d like to thank Tom Piercy (Clarinet) and Claudine Hickman (Piano) for a beautiful performance of my work as big as alone last Friday and Saturday nights here in New York City. Tom, as usual, played with great expression and lyricism. Thank you Tom for all your hard work. This was the first time that I’ve ever worked with Claudine, but she was well-rehearsed and accompanied Tom’s wonderful playing with her own. I’d love to have them both play this piece again or to work with them on new projects!

My next set of concerts will be on May 20 and May 21, also in New York City. I’ll announce the details of the piece and the venues in an up-coming post.

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as big as alone

Please join me and my fellow composers of Random Access Music for a concert of our works performed by Tom Piercy and the Gotham Ensemble. 

Gotham will perform 6 world premieres, including my work as big as alone for Clarinet and Piano, at

The Tank
354 West 45th Street (between 8th and 9th Ave.)
New York, NY
Friday, March 4, 2011 @ 7:30 p.m.

Ann Goodman Recital Hall
Kaufman Center
129 West 67th Street
New York, NY 10023
Saturday March 5, 2011 @ 8:00 p.m.
(reception in the Molly Goodman Reception Room–located next to Ann Goodman–to follow)
Tickets may be purchased at the Merkin Concert Hall Box office ($20 Adults, $15 Seniors/Students)

Please join us for one of the performances!

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My recent work, Poeticisms: 7 Images from a Poem by Donald Baker, will be performed at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center, 3110 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens @ 8pm on Friday, February 25, 2011. The work was written especially for ThingNY‘s 2011 call for SPAM 2.0. Please join me for the performance by one of New York City’s most adventurous and fresh avant garde new music ensembles.

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Crazy Cat Lady–2010 NFA Finalist

I’m proud to announce that Crazy Cat Lady for solo Flute has been recognized by the National Flute Association as a finalist in the 2010 Newly Published Music category!

The list of 2010 NFA Finalists.

To purchase a copy of the sheet music, visit my publisher, BRS Music. The next (known) performance of Crazy Cat Lady will be by Adrienne Inglis as part of her Faculty recital at Southwestern University on January 31, 2011

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