piano

Double Double

For piano four hands
November 2017
Duration: ~5 minutes

Another one of my "playing card pieces"; pieces whose pitch, rhythmic, and structural materials are generated from spreads of playing cards. This piece was written at the behest of my great friend, Ling-Ju Lai, who has been pestering me to write a piece for her for years.

We premiered this in a collaborative concert that we did at The Baroque Room in St. Paul, Minnesota. We each played solo, played (and improvised on) a Bach Allemande four-hands, then came together at the end and played this piece. It was a wonderful experience, and I hope we get a chance to do it again soon.

Resound

for solo piano
November 2017
Duration: ~8 minutes

This is the first of my "playing card pieces;" pieces in which pitch, rhythmic, and form structures were derived from playing cards. All of these pieces were testing grounds for what would eventually become "Numerology."

I really love this piece, and I hope it has a life. It has yet to be performed, although a fantastic pianist has agreed to play it. Hopefully it will happen soon. If you're interested in playing it or presenting it, please contact me!

Nourishment

For Soprano and Two Pianos
Text by Carmen Malis King
May 2017
Duration: ~7 minutes

Carmen is one of my favorite poets in the world, and also happens to be my wife. I'm grateful to her for lending me these three pre-existing fragments for the sake of this piece. I wrote this piece while we were engaged, and I believe it brought me closer to her and we prepared for marriage.

This piece deals with cycles, and particularly deals with cycles that are two slow to perceive but are nonetheless present, embedding cycles on a structural level.

Recording performed by Caroline Quick (soprano), Wataru Niimori (piano), and Zi Ang Han (piano) in Milna, Croatia, July 2017.

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Just putting this out there: I would LOVE if someone commissioned me to arrange this for one piano and voice. Or maybe for piano, voice, and percussion? Perhaps as part of a larger song-cycle utilizing Carmen's poetry, or dealing directly or tangentially with these themes? Just putting that out into the universe so that maybe one day it will actually come true.

Etude No. 1

For improvising pianist and interactive score
February 2017
Duration: ~10 minutes

Etude No. 1 is a concert etude for an improvising pianist. By definition, an etude focuses on specific technical challenges. This etude keeps with that tradition by focusing on challenges related to improvisational technique. It takes as a starting point a relatively limited scope of material, and presents the pianist with several points of entry into that material. This particular etude uses a single pitch collection as its starting point, deriving all of its material from that one collection.

The score for this piece is triggered using Max. The score is split up into seven “scenes”. In all but one scene, the performer is required to manually advance from one scene to the next. One scene moves automatically to the next scene.

The score in the PDF reader below is a PDF version of the Max patch. If you'd like to purchase the Max patch or the PDF version of the score, contact me directly.

People In The Home

For solo piano and delay pedal
November 2016
Duration: ~11 minutes

 

A meditation on the nature of composition, improvisation, and homes.

A month after moving into a new apartment with my then-fianceé Carmen, I turned randomly to a page in the I Ching. The hexagram listed was called "People in the Home". This became a mantra for thinking about spaces -- who occupies them, and what ghosts from previous occupants linger.

I think of this piece as a character study; it's meant to evoke a particular mood more than sound a particular way.

Brought to life masterfully by Sonya Belaya: