Within, a piece from my series called Lines, is a percussion quartet for tuned metals. My original intention was to have it performed with tuned steel or aluminum pipes, but it could also be performed with an assortment of tuned metals (crotales, glockenspiel, vibraphone, chimes, celeste, bell plates, gongs, etc…).
This is the second quartet for tuned metals in the series.Within was composed for the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble and is dedicated to their director, Bill Ryan. The GVSUNME toured with the piece in April and May of 2014 visiting five National Parks: Arches, Capital Reef, Zion, Grand Canyon, and Great Sand Dunes. The group also performed Within at the 2014 New Music Detroit Strange Beautiful Music VII concert at the Max M. Fisher Music Center.
Five Messages, a piece from my series called Lines, is a quartet for two pianists and two percussionists. It was premiered by Luke Gullickson, Franklin Gross, Owen Weaver, and myself in March of 2013 at a Collide Contemporary Music Series event at the University of Central Florida.
Through-line, a piece from my series called Lines, is a quintet for flutes and five-channel playback or flute, string quartet, and five-channel playback.
The word through-line refers to a central theme or idea that runs to the end of a work (i.e. an invisible thread that holds your story together”). In the case of this work, the through-line is both the duration lines that are used throughout and a seven chord progression that is used in the odd number sections.
This work was composed for Dr. Nora Lee Garcia and the Aurelia Flute Quartet (Nick Buonanni, Adriane Hill, Kate Nichols, & Amber Sheppard)at the University of Central Florida. Below is a recording of the flute quintet version:
The string quartet version was premiered on May 12, 2013 by Nora Lee Garcia (flute) and the Orlando Philharmonic String Quartet (Rimma Bergeron Langlois, Alexander Stevens, Mauricio Cespedes Rivero, and David Bjella). Below is a recording from that performance:
Withheld, a piece from my series called Lines, is a percussion quartet for tuned metals. This particular recording was made with tuned pipes, but it could also be performed with any assortment of tuned metals (crotales, glock, vibraphone, chimes, celeste, bell plates, almglocken, gongs, etc…). It was composed with the pipe pitches used for David Lang’s second movement of The So-Called Laws of Nature in mind. The Lines pieces are based on a series of rhythmic “duration lines,” which are used to create both structure and polyrhythmic interest.
Special thanks to Kaylee Bonatakis, Matt Roberts, Karen Toney, and Bryant Bernal for taking time to make the below recording.
Revolutions, a quartet for vibraphones, came about while I was an undergraduate dabbling in both improvisation and Terry Riley’s In C. The vibraphone, being an incredible tool for improvisation, is used to feature each player spontaneously composing in a cycle or revolution. The piece was later reworked in 2007 for a performance at the University of Texas at Austin.