After the Rain (2007)
When I go outside after it has rained, I sense a new beginning. The air is clear and fresh, it feels as though everything has been washed and is ready to start anew. After the Rain, for chamber orchestra, marked a new beginning for me in my thinking and composing of music. This recording is a reading by the NEC orchestra.
Two Poems of Kahlil Gibran (2008)
These two poems come from a larger work by Kahlil Gibran, The Madman (1918). The instrumentation is a sort of expanded Peirrot ensemble, consisting of a woodwind quartet, harp, soprano, and string quartet. This recording is of the premiere performance on a Tuesday Night New Music Concert at NEC in April 2010.
Written for flute and bowed piano, Nymphshadow follows a day in the life of a nymph. He wakes up and goes about his normal routine, frolicking and getting into mischief, until he discovers his shadow. At first he is frightened, but his curious nature takes over, and he eventually comes to fall in love with his shadow. He and his shadow dance and play, until the sun starts to set, and his shadow disappears. The nymph goes home, saddened by the loss of his shadow. This recording is from a performance in April 2010 at NEC's Jordan Hall, featuring Elizabeth Erenberg on flute, and Samuel Chabrow, Nathan Ball, and myself on bowed piano.
Two Songs of Childhood (2010)
Where Did the Sun Come From (2008) explores the curiosity of a young child, learning through asking questions, with a simple piano accompaniment. It was inspired from an anecdote about a small child asking out of the blue, “where did the sun come from?” and is dedicated to her. In Someday (2010) the child is dreaming about the possibilities the future holds, and is dedicated to my mother.
Resilience (2010) captures two meanings of its title. “Resilience” can mean light, springy, and lively, is descriptive of the overall character of the piece. The form is a rondo, characterized by the persistent return of a subject, and thus captures another definition of “resilience,” to endure. This recording features Maria van der Sloot on violin, Marza Wilks on violoncello, and Chris Gamboa on piano.
Objects of Curiosity (2013)
Objects of Curiosity (2013) was a collaboration with choreographer Jane Cracovaner, performed by dancers of the University of Hartford Hartt School.
A clip from an interactive, multi-media installation by Pamela Gibson, James Nicholson, and Jessica Rugani, which explores light and darkness.
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