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Introducing the “Crystallization” Recording

Introducing the official recording of “Crystallization”, performed beautifully by Lydia Wu!

As a bonus, this Enhanced EP includes both the original piano solo as well as a new version with electroacoustic accompaniment.

These two tracks are currently available to Bandcamp Backstage Supporters only. Check it out, and thank you for supporting independent music creators!

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You’re Invited: June 7 Official Performance Debut of “DodecaFunky”!

I am so honored to report that my work for flute and piano, DodecaFunky, will receive its official debut performance online, on Monday June 7, 6pm EDT/3pm PDT!

The concert is called “Funky Motives” (Program V of the North/South Consonance 2021 Concert Season) and DodecaFunky will be performed by Lisa Hansen on flute and Max Lifchitz on piano. It will be held at the National Opera Center in New York, NY and will be streamed live on YouTube.

Again I am so honored and thrilled that this work will get such a premiere! Hope you can log on to enjoy this concert of modern chamber music!

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You’re invited: June 3 Virtual Concert

It’s happening!! Mark June 3rd to log on and experience an exciting solo piano concert of original music by women composers (including Yours Truly)!! All info is on this webpage

FYI, my featured composition—the debut performance of “Crystallization”—is first on the program; don’t miss it! 😜

This unique program curated by pianist Marta Brankovich features women composers from different parts of the world, all with works released on Navona Records and produced by PARMA Recordings. Brankovich, whose works War and Victory are also included in the program, says, “I have never experienced more diverse, eclectic, sensible, and New Age music in the same repertoire. Composers I have chosen have left a very personal mark on me as a classical pianist and composer. Each of these artists have incredible stories, fantastic musical journeys, and have made a huge impact on the 21st century composing process that I am happy to share.”

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Presenting, “Nevermore”!

The first new work for 2019!

Running at just over 4 minutes, this dramatic, challenging chamber work for solo viola and piano recounts the emotions that course through Edgar Allen Poe’s classic poem, “The Raven,” with modern, neoromantic flair.

As of right now, I only have a midi demo; please take it with a grain of salt. 🙂 Soon, however, I should have at least a video of its live debut performance…

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#NewTuneThursday: The Reluctant Carnie

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday!

This piano miniature was composed just last year, in 2017. I originally wrote it as part of a larger set of background music for a bingo game app developer. While the rest of the album consists of electronic tunes, I just had a hankering for pulling out this little song for piano in an almost spoofed, pastiche-ed way.

I mean, just look at this opening tempo marking; it has so much attitude, full of dramatic imagery!…

By the time it was all done, it had a weird charm that I absolutely fell in love with. I just always grin when I hear it… ? Pianist extraordinaire Mike Jung has played it live, and had a super awesome compliment for it: it’s fun as hell to play! ?

Enjoy this digital representation below (hopefully I’ll get the chance to record Mike’s rendition of it someday!):

“The Reluctant Carnie” can be performed by an advanced soloist. Get the sheet music here! And stay tuned for our new work of next week…

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#NewTuneThursday: “I Know What Death Sounds Like” from Music for The Book of I

Welcome to #NewTuneThursday!

“You’re not really listening. Can you hear the angular melodic twists?”

“That’s what death sounds like, I know… It’s like a leitmotif; it keeps coming back to my mind.”

This track from Music for The Book of I was actually the first track I completed when working on this OST. So in this work for string orchestra and solo violin is where I birthed all that would comprise the themes of our main character, Teaston, and his trials.

I sought out a sense of haunting poignancy and drama in this work… angular in shape, mysterious, beautiful and grotesque, all at once… it’s truly a unique piece and one that speaks well to the main character, I think.

At one point, artist Liselott Johnsson also combined her striking visuals with this track and excerpts from Jorge Armenteros‘ writing to create a stunning artistic response to The Book of I.

Enjoy both the video and the audio track below!

“I Know What Death Sounds Like” can be performed by an intermediate-to-advanced ensemble. Get the sheet music here! And stay tuned for our new work of next week…

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Watch the Live Debut of “Fever Pitch”

Last night violist Charlotte Van Houten debuted the unaccompanied solo I wrote for her — and it was just amaaaaaaazing!!!

Enjoy this video I grabbed from the performance…and look forward to an official studio recording of it, with Charlotte again on the solo, coming soon!

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Fever Pitch, for Unaccompanied Viola

I cannot tell you how many violists have come up to me over the years, asking me for a feature solo for viola. Well, the wait is finally over!!

It took the contagious enthusiasm of a sweet and talented violist I’ve had the pleasure of working with many times to give me the kick-in-the-pants I needed to complete this unique challenge!

This brand new, unaccompanied solo for viola offers the daring artist a “fever pitch” of drama, melody, and virtuosity! For approximately six minutes, the violist is set free to explore a mystifying world of Dream and Thought, flitting between the sounds of Celtic melancholy, J.S. Bach, and George Gershwin with simply their imagination and instincts to guide them.

 

Right now on the product page, I’ve posted a little, raw recording of me playing the opening of this work, but it gets challenging after that point, and, while I can play it, it’s a little messy right now, haha! I’d rather wait until I’m (or a certain marvelous violist is) ready to properly record this for you all. 🙂

It’s a ton of fun to play in the meantime, though! Enjoy!