New Commission: Polish Library Association

I’m super excited to announce that the Polish Library Association will be commissioning a new multimedia string quartet from me to celebrate the centennial anniversary of Poland’s independence!

The piece will feature projected images chosen with help from the PLA and will be performed by the Delgani Quartet later this year.

More details to come.

VEIL, for solo mezzo-soprano & fixed media

Just finished a new piece for Megan Ihnen and the Sleep Songs project. Scored for solo mezzo-soprano and fixed media (with optional percussion), VEIL is a wordless song for sleepless souls in the dead of night.

I’m often plagued by sleepless nights. I have the winning combination of taking several hours to fall asleep with being an extremely light sleeper, so seldom does a night go by without me waking up and staying up for several hours. Coupled with this is my mind’s inescapable habit of compounding every thought and worry I had during the day into a hyper-compressed play-by-play that appears to have a fondness for midnight screenings. A burning mind is no anecdote for insomnia.

I wanted to try and capture this relaxation-of-the mind in Veil. Restless thoughts are represented by rapidly changing radio stations that are chaotically overlapping each other. The white noise feels almost inescapable, like a static-electric fence, and outside that fence is a violet gold sunset, a glowing crepuscule inviting you to escape your anxious chains. The longer you stare into the sunset, the lighter the chains feel. They become so light that they feel as though they dissolve like the sand between your toes at high-tide. Pretty soon, you forget you had chains at all as you’re swept into honey lavender harmony.

Common Threads awarded RACC Artistic Focus Grant

I’m happy to announce that my commissioning project, Common Threads, has been awarded an Artistic Focus Grant by the Regional Arts and Culture Council! The project aims to commission four Portland composers to write a short composition (ca. 2-3 minutes) based off common source material from Bagatelle Sans Tonalitie by Franz Liszt for the intrepid musicians of fEARnoMUSIC, lead by artistic director Kenji Bunch.

The spirit of community, diversity, and collaboration is a driving force behind my project and I’m very excited to be able to bring it to life!

Read more about RACC’s recent awards here.

NEW COMMISSION: Trio for amplified violin, viola, and narrator

I’m excited to announce that I will be collaborating with the Third Angle Ensemble on a new piece scored for amplified violin, viola, and narrator! The new trio will be part of “Heaving Voices 4.0,” a concert series devoted to works featuring spoken text against live music.

I’ll be using a text titled Frozen Smolder by Portland author and poet, Sandra Stone. The new trio will (likely) also be under this name.

3a FS Sketches

(some initial sketches)

The premier will be on Friday, November 5th at 7:30pm and will be performed at Studio2@Zoomtopia in downtown Portland. There will be another performance the next night, too.

You can read more about Third Angle’s Upcoming season here.