I want my music always to be telling a cohesive story of some kind. My melodies and rhythms often tend toward sensations of speech patterns or bodily motions. I use many tiny rhythmic details and also a microtonal language of twelfth-tones, sixth-tones and quarter-tones. I have always been compelled by the possibility that these interval combinations can have their own distinct musical identities—for example this ex1 or this ex2 or this ex3. I am excited by the expressive power such intervals can have in melody and harmony, and by their ability to form melodic contours that feel natural and nuanced.
Sunday, September 23, 2018, 2pm
Pickman Hall, 27 Garden St., Cambridge
The fabulous Loadbang ensemble performs my 2011 arrangement of the song “The More I See You” (Harry Warren and Mack Gordon) at Longy School of Music of Bard College.
Monday, October 3, 2018, 7pm
David Friend Recital Hall, 921 Boylston St., Boston
The first of multiple performances this season of Kaspoleo Melea, a new work for vocal trio—in progress—on ancient Greek erotic poems. Sopranos Rose Hegele and Stephanie Lamprea and contralto Mara Goldberg are performing—and it’s inspiring to be writing for these beautiful voices. This preview performance will include two of the eventual four movements, and will be on the program with music of other members of the very talented Berklee Ear Training faculty.
More performances of the entire work are planned for later in the season at New England Conservatory, Clark University, and at least one other venue. (Details TBA.)
I am collaborating with writer Kim Adrian on a chamber opera based on E.T.A. Hoffmann’s little-known fairy tale The Strange Child, for Pittsburgh’s Kamratōn ensemble. Work began in summer 2018, and performances are planned for May 2021 in Pittsburgh.
“He knew that even the memory of the piano falsified still further the perspective in which he saw the elements of the music, that the field open to the musician is not a miserable scale of seven notes, but an immeasurable keyboard still almost entirely unknown on which, here and there only, separated by shadows thick and unexplored, a few of the millions of keys of tenderness, of passion, of courage, of serenity which compose it, each as different from the others as one universe from another universe, have been found by a few great artists who do us the service, by awakening in us something corresponding to the theme they have discovered, of showing us what richness, what variety, is hidden unbeknownst to us …”
-Marcel Proust (translated by Lydia Davis)