Outside the Eyes, live recording

I just received a copy of the live recording made from the New Ideas in Music concert. Give it a listen!


If you want to know more about the mechanics, theory, and philosophy behind this piece, check out my previous post “On My Fifth String Quartet.

It is done.

3A score

Written between October and December of 2012 with edits and revisions happening even up to last night, my fifth string quartet, Outside the Eyes, is officially done. All I have left to do is finish making the parts.

I feel like I’ve given birth. 3 months labor for 8 minutes of music.

I’ll go into the mechanics of the piece on Third Angle’s finalist page over the coming weeks. Needless to say there’s a lot going on between the notes, so I’m looking forward to sharing the piece’s secrets. Some of them, at least.

New Ideas in Music 2013

I’ve been selected as a finalist in this year’s New Ideas in Music Composition Competition!

I’ll be doing a series of posts about the progress of my fifth string quartet, Outside The Eyes, for the competition’s website. This piece has been one of the biggest compositional challenges I’ve set forward for myself, and I’m very excited to be working with the Third Angle New Music Ensemble.

In one night, I saw them perform both George Crumb’s Black Angels, and Tan Dun’s Ghost Opera, two pieces I’ve always wanted to hear live. I couldn’t believe my ears. Each piece is an epic in their own right, and their performance of both was such an incredible experience. One of the best concerts I’ve been to in a long, long time.

The premiere is March 21st, and will be in the basement recital hall of Lincoln Hall at PSU.