Composer | Arranger | Guitarist
Have you ever been looking up into the night sky completely enamoured by the stars only to realize that the most twinkliest one you're admiring is actually a satellite?
This is the concept behind a new Commission Consortium for Big Band being lead by The Footnotes Jazz Collective. "When You Wish Accidentally Wish Upon a Satellite" will experiment with combining 12-tone theory, a contrafact on a beloved Disney tune, and classic jazz band composition. If will feature the double bass, and solos by tenor saxophone and guitar. If you are interested in co-commissioning this new work, please sign-up via this form. If you'd like to learn a little more about what I have to say about the piece, check out the entry in my catalogue.
At last!! "Sea of Dead White Men" is finally here for your listening pleasure! I've just finished uploading the video to youtube, and the sheet music to my shop.
While the composition itself has been finished since 2019 (with minor tweaks here and there over the next two years), a combination of COVID and my own ADHD has kept me from getting the video element of the piece completed. But after a few inquiries into the piece, I said "self! It's time to commit to completing this!" So I set some goals, and here we are!
The recording is by no means perfect - and it doesn't need to be. I am not usually a performer, and even full-time performers make mistakes in their playing. So I'm normalizing mistakes, string squeeks, and totally missed frets.
The recording and video feel rather punk to me, at least so far as classical music goes, as I've done it all with the resources available to me - a field recorder and a cell phone! So please enjoy my little commentary guitar piece. To read more about the piece, visit here. To view, click below.
With all the amazing feedback I've been getting from my collaborators, teachers, and colleagues on Act I of "Orpheus & Eurydice: Nox", I have changed my plans for the next six and a half weeks to finish Act II of the opera.
As it usually goes with these things, I underestimated how long it would take to write an opera (who would have thought it took SO LONG to write an opera??! [spoiler: most people]), and my grant term has run out. I need another six and a half weeks, until the opera workshop in May 2022, to finish composing the opera and revise the music of Act I based on the feedback I’ve received.
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