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PURCHASE: Veil

VEIL (2017), for mezzo soprano and fixed media (with optional percussion). Published by Jay Derderian Music Publishing. full score (5 pages, 8.5″ x 11″) – print-on-demand $10 –

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New Composition – Begin, Again

Just finished my latest string quartet – Begin, again – which was commissioned by the Polish Festival of Portland in celebration of the 100th year of Poland’s independence. The piece was hard to start, I should confess. I wasn’t expecting this to be so much work since I tend to love writing for string quartet. BUT! […]

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On Rehearsal Time

I’ve always admired how some composers can command rehearsals. I don’t mean in a kind of dominant or commandeering way, but rather like the way a conductor can micro-manage every nuance, balance, rhythm, and sound. It’s remarkable, and for whatever reason I don’t seem to have the ability to multi-task in this way. I’m not […]

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Music Meets Prosody

I wrote a blog entry for Third Angle’s upcoming Hearing Voices 4.0 concert! Read it here Come hear the premier of my latest piece, Frozen Smolder, featuring text by Portland author Sandra Stone on Friday, November 13th and Saturday, November 14th at Studio 2@Zoomtopia. Both shows start at 7:30pm.  

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The Measured And Unmeasured

Prosody is a term used by linguists to talk about the function of intonation, tone, stress, and rhythm in speech. It’s something we’re all very familiar with; a particular inflection can make something sound sarcastic, declarative, timid, or sensual. It’s the properties of speech that lie outside the rules of grammar that can influence a […]