Chronological List / Vocal Music / Large Ensemble

Chamber Music

Refuge (2016)

Flute/piccolo, percussion, violin, and cello

A narrative suite following the conservation stories of three wild animals and their habitats. Composed in commemoration of the centennial of the National Park Service, the World Premiere of Refuge was given by Cadillac Moon Ensemble on a concert presenting music by members of the Landscape Music Composers Network at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill NY, 9/09/16. Learn more about Refuge on LandscapeMusic.org.

Wanderlust (2015)

Guitar quartet

Movements:

I. Wayfinding
II. Mind Paths

Commissioned by the Faculty of the Young Guitarists Workshop for the 10th annual Boston GuitarFest 2015, "The Eternal Feminine." Williams Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston MA. Devin Ulibarri, Adam Levin, Colin Thurmond, and Will Riley, guitars. 6/16/15.

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Dai-Shizen (Great Nature) (2014)

Flute and guitar

Movements (played continuously):

I. California
II. Topaz
III. Sunset

Inspired by the woodblock prints and paintings of Japanese-American artist Chiura Obata. Learn more about Dai-Shizen on my blog.

Commissioned by Devin Ulibarri for the 9th Annual Boston GuitarFest 2014, “American Odyssey.” Jordan Hall, Boston MA. Devin Ulibarri, Guitar; Alicia Mielke, Flute. 6/28/14.

California Zephyr (2014)

Video and music for piccolo, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass.

Filmed from the California Zephyr Amtrak train over three days, traveling from Chicago to San Francisco. Learn more about California Zephyr on my blog.

Commissioned by the NYU Contemporary Music Ensemble for premiere and recording in Frederick Loewe Theatre, New York NY. 4/28/14. Video produced by the composer.

Horizon (2013)

Solo cello

Learn more about Horizon on my blog.

Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill NY. Karlos Rodriguez, Cello: 11/09/13. Richard Vaudrey, Cello: 11/10/13.

Recorded on-site in public parks with dancer-choreographer Callie Lyons and cellist Fjóla Evans for dance film version, February 2014.

Three Decorations (2013)

Percussion trio

Recording not currently available.
Duration: 5 minutes.

Three movements for percussion trio. Each movement is a musical response to, or evocation of, a favorite image of mine from European decorative art. Learn more about Three Decorations on my blog.

New York University, Frederick Loewe Theatre, New York NY. NYU Percussion Ensemble; Jonathan Haas, Director. 10/13/13.

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The Winding Path (2014)

String quartet

Composed for the NYU Master's Composition Seminar led by Julia Wolfe and Missy Mazzoli. Learn more about The Winding Path on my blog.

New York University, Provincetown Playhouse, New York NY. The JACK Quartet (Ari Streisfield and Christopher Otto, Violin; John Pickford Richards, Viola; Kevin McFarland, Cello). 4/23/14.

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Sextet (2012)

Oboe, bassoon, trumpet, harpsichord, violin, and viola

A work for mixed chamber ensemble inspired by the textures and sound world of Baroque music and the rhythms of Progressive Rock. Learn more about Sextet on my blog.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall, Boston MA. Zachary Boeding, Oboe; Andrew Thompson, Bassoon; Gregor Kaelin, Trumpet; Amy Kao, Harpsichord; Lisa Goddard, Violin; Elizabeth Oka, Viola. 4/23/12.

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San Marco (2012)

Trumpet and live electronics

This work for trumpet and electronics integrates samples of 17th century Italian music with live, digitally processed trumpet. Learn more about San Marco on my blog.

New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall, Boston MA. Ezra Weller, Trumpet. 4/01/12.

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Places in the Bay Area (2012)

Flute/piccolo and piano

A piece for flute (doubling on piccolo) and piano inspired by the San Francisco Bay Area, my hometown. Learn more about Places in the Bay Area on my blog.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall, Boston MA. Sarah Sullivan, Flute and Piccolo; Kristina Nyberg, Piano. 3/06/12.

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Setsugekka (2011)

Violin and piano

Inspired by the woodblock prints of Ando Hiroshige. Visit the multimedia guide to Setsugekka on Beyond the Notes to learn more about the art and music.

Beyond the Notes: Music Inspired by Art; New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall, Boston MA. Samantha Bennett, Violin and Wesley Chu, Piano. 11/02/12.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall, Boston MA. Samantha Bennett, Violin and Wesley Chu, Piano. 10/25/11.

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Watercolors (2011)

Flute/piccolo, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon

This wind quintet was inspired by the paintings of Charles Burchfield. Watercolors was winner of the 2011 New England Conservatory Honors Ensemble Competition.

Visit the multimedia guide to Watercolors on Beyond the Notes to learn more about the art and music.

Grand opening of the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill NY. The Chelsea Quintet (Alison Crossley, flute and piccolo; Marilyn Cole, oboe; Angela Occhionero, clarinet; Melissa Krizter, bassoon; Emily Wong, horn) presented this piece in two afternoon performances for a combined audience of ~400. 11/10/12. Featured Recording.

Beyond the Notes: Music Inspired by Art; New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall, Boston MA. Ridge Davis, Flute and piccolo; Elizabeth O’Neil, Oboe; Randolph Palada, Clarinet; Sarah Sutherland, Horn; Sean Maree, Bassoon. 11/02/12.

NEC, Jordan Hall, Boston MA. Andra Winds, NEC Honors Ensemble. Ridge Davis, Flute and piccolo; Martha Kleiner, Oboe; Christopher Mothersole, Clarinet; Lauren Hunt, Horn; Sean Maree, Bassoon. 5/12/11.

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Triptych (2011)

Guitar

A solo piece composed for guitarist Devin Ulibarri. Visit the multimedia guide to Triptych on Beyond the Notes to learn more about the music's connection to visual art.

Boston GuitarFest X, Young Guitarists Workshop Faculty Recital; New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, Boston MA. Devin Ulibarri, Guitar. 6/16/15. Featured Recording.

A Musical Apertif; Democracy Center, Cambridge MA. 2/13/15.

Beyond the Notes: Music Inspired by Art; New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall, Boston MA. 11/02/12.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, Boston MA. 4/26/11.

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Into nowhere (2010)

Flute, clarinet, piano, violin, and cello

Second movement - mp3
Third movement - mp3

"I had nothing but to walk into nowhere and the wide sunset space with the star."
- Georgia O'Keeffe

The first movement of Into nowhere became the score to my video The Faraway Nearby: Georgia O'Keeffe and the New Mexico Landscape.

Studio recording of first movement produced at New England Conservatory with Lisa Husseini, Flute; Christopher Mothersole, Clarinet; Wesley Chu, Piano; Samantha Bennett, Violin; Marza Wilks, Cello.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, Boston MA. Ridge Davis, Flute; Christopher Mothersole, Clarinet; Wesley Chu, Piano; Samantha Bennett, Violin; Joanna Wiebe, Cello. 4/26/10.

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Trees (2010)

Two oboes and harpsichord

Trees was originally scored for six-part flute choir (four C flutes with alto and bass) and commissioned by the San Francisco State University Flute Choir, which premiered the first movement in August 2009 as part of a program of music by American composers. The featured recording is a later arrangement for two oboes and harpsichord.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, Boston MA. Heather Shelley and Paul Lueders, Oboe; Sojourner Hodges, Harpsichord. 2/22/10. Featured Recording.

Flute choir version commissioned by San Francisco State University Flute Choir. Koret Auditorium, Civic Center, San Francisco CA. 5/15/09.


Heather Shelley, Paul Leuders, Nell, and Sojourner Hodges.

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Duet (2009)

Flute and bassoon

A set of playful, virtuosic duets for flute and bassoon.

Boston Composers Collective; Anderson Auditorium and Grossman Gallery at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA. Lisa Husseini, Flute; Andrew Thompson, Bassoon. 3/01/11.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, Boston MA. Adam Eccleston III, Flute; Nathan Landes, Bassoon. 10/27/09 (first movement) & 1/26/10 (second & third movements). Featured Recording.

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Nine Muses (2009)

Solo flute, harp, and violin

Three sets of miniatures for solo instruments inspired by the Greek Muses.

Movements (performed continuously):

For flute

Euterpe (the delightful one)
Muse of music and lyric poetry

Thalia (the blossoming one)
Muse of comedy and bucolic poetry

Melpomene (the chanting one)
Muse of tragedy

For harp

Calliope (the beautiful of speech)
Chief of the Muses and Muse of epic poetry

Polyhymnia (the singer of many hymns)
Muse of sacred song, oratory, lyrics, singing, and rhetoric

Terpsichore (the dancing one)
Muse of choral song and dance

For violin

Clio (the glorious one)
Muse of history

Erato (the amorous one)
Muse of love or erotic poetry, lyrics, and marriage songs

Urania (the celestial one)
Muse of astronomy

Video from Proclaiming Pan, a program of music created by Elizabeth Erenberg inspired by Greek mythology incorporating dance and narration. Tufts University, Distler Performance Hall, 10/13/13. Program previously presented (without dancers) at Hunneman Hall, Brookline Public Library, Boston MA, 3/25/12. Elizabeth Erenberg, Flute; Maria Rindello Parker, Harp; Gabe Terracciano, Violin.

Premiered on Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, Boston MA. Anne Gregory, Flute; Maria Rindello Parker, Harp; Audrey Wright, Violin. 3/10/09.

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The Course of Empire (2008)

String quartet

A string quartet inspired by Thomas Cole's cycle of paintings by the same name. Visit the multimedia guide to The Course of Empire on Beyond the Notes to learn more about the art and music.

Grand opening of touring exhibit Painting the American Vision; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem MA. Performed by members and guest artists from string orchestra A Far Cry: Lisa Zurlindin, Violin; Ethan Wood, Violin; Jason Fisher, Viola; Alexei Gonzales, Cello. 7/30/11. Featured Recording.

Beyond the Notes: Music Inspired by Art; New England Conservatory, Pierce Hall, Boston MA. Lisa Goddard and Ryan Shannon, Violin; Maureen Heflinger, Viola; Talya Buckbinder, Cello. 11/02/12.

Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Brown Hall, Boston MA. NEC Honors Ensemble Tetrachord: Quan Yuan, Violin; Jennifer Wey, Violin; Matthew Davies, Viola; David Meyer, Cello. 2/24/09.


After the Peabody Essex Museum performance

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The Promise (2008)

Trumpet and string quartet

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Tuesday Night New Music; New England Conservatory, Williams Hall, Boston MA. Diana Wensley, Trumpet; Amy Galluzzo, Violin; Jennifer Wey, Violin; Samuel Gold, Viola; Ginevra Ventre, Cello. 11/25/08.

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Time-Lapse (2007)

English horn, clarinet, viola, and cello

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Recorded at John Kilgore Sound & Recording, New York, NY. Jacqueline Leclair, English Horn; Bill Kalinkos, Clarinet in Bb; Chris Jenkins, Viola; Leigh Stuart, Cello. November 2007. Members and former members of Alarm Will Sound, Fireworks Ensemble and Invert.

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