Vocal Solo / Chamber Ensembles
somebody knew Lincoln somebody Xerxes (2013)
Another setting of poetry by E. E. Cummings using solo voice (baritone), and percussion (3 players on prepared marimba, glockenspiel, and a multi-percussion setup). The transformation of the marimba using rubber bands, metallic and wooden objects, combined with the sound of drums, anvils, and woodblocks creates a texture that evokes the sounds of a vast, military-industrial landscape. The singer, possibly a victim or participant in war, is both fascinated and haunted by this landscape in all of its magnitude and power. Premiered by Jordan Wilson, baritone; Cobrun Sells and Lucas Gutierrez, prepared marimba; Brandon Caplin, percussion at UW-Madison, part of a Contemporary Text Setting Concert.
Premiere - Winter 2013
somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond (2011)
A setting of poetry by E. E. Cummings for soprano and glockenspiel. Simple free melodies are punctuated by distant bells, alternating between diverse moods of happiness, sadness, loneliness, and contentment. Dedicated to and performed by a very good friend: Emily Hageman, soprano.
Premiere - Spring 2012
Voices: Five Songs of Cavafy (2011)
A setting for mezzo-soprano and piano of five poems by Constantine P. Cavafy. Each poem explores an aspect of the singer's memories, some uneventful, other frustrated, sad, lonely, or terrifying. The singer drifts deeper into her own memories, which comfort her but ultimate paralyze her in a vicious cycle. Movement IV "Voices" was performed by Emily Lodine at Northwestern College, Jesse Looper at the UCM New Music Festival (2011), and Maria Bouwkamp (2011). The complete cycle was premiered Spring 2012 by Maria Bouwkamp.
II. Long Ago
Upcoming performance at 2014 SCI Region VIII Festival in Tacoma, Washington.
Baritone, Horn, Trombone, Percussion. Created for "a very small consortium" which performs pieces with minimal instrumentation around 1 minute using approximately 100 notes. "Riesentraube" was inspired by a summer of working on an organic farm. While water hanging baskets of cherry tomatoes, certain sounds and images were impressed upon me such as the buzzing of ventilation fans, spraying water, and air compressors. The word "Riesentraube" is a type of cherry tomato. The phonetic alterations of this word are the only "lyrics" in this work, which uses the baritone voice as an instrumental component and also requires the instrumentalists to vocalize.
Three Songs of Summer (2010)
A setting of three original poems. Soprano, flute, clarinet, horn, and piano.
"The Hills of Cochranton"
"Butterflies in the Garden"
Songs of the Sea: Short Song Cycle