(an electronic sequence)
Figment was created as an electronic foreword to Olivier Messiaen's Quartet For the End of Time. It uses a composite of live sounds meant to transport the listener back to when Messiaen's staggeringly beautiful quartet was first performed at a concentration camp in 1941 on decrepit instruments in the pouring rain. Figment was premiered in November 2015 on the Love Every Note ‘Ora Mistica’ program and has since served as a precursor for performances that include excerpts or single movements from Messiaen’s famous Quartet For the End of Time.
Pauses & Puddles (8/2015)
Pauses & Puddles is an evolving collection of words and music, scored for solo cello and, at times, the performer’s own voice. These miniatures are abstract expressions drawn from remembrance, nature, physicality, and time’s fluidity. The performer may choose how many are played and what order they are heard. Pauses & Puddles was premiered in August 2015 on The Tank’s series “Call & Response”, a performance and discussion forum developed for composers to share new works with curious musicians and audiences. Pauses & Puddles has also been arranged for trumpet/cello duo and was performed on Love Every Note’s BENEFIT ORLANDO concert on July 28th, 2016.
Item Eight (2/2015)
Commissioned by the Nouveau Classical Project in 2015, Item Eight is a piece composed for small ensemble and electronics. It calls for the players to use extended techniques and has lengthy spouts of improvisation and vocalization throughout, and is layered with a fixed electronic track. Item Eight was first premiered in March 2015 at Juanita College in Pennsylvania by the Nouveau Classical Project during a collaborative production with Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky.
Based on Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s 100 years of Solutide, this piece depicts the essence of the novel’s character Remediós as she struggles to evolve past her generational and periodic misfortunes. Remediós was commissioned by dancer/producer Andrea Murillo in November 2014 for the Gowanus Art + Production Showcase and was premiered in November at the Green Building in Brooklyn, NY.
Eland is an electronic soundtrack made from composed and improvised sounds on the cello. This piece is based on a mysterious journey through a hidden portal, awakening in a place strangely familiar, but with oddities and peculiarities all its own. Incorporating bits from the first pieces I learned to play lovingly penned in hand for me by my teacher David Cole, I developed their contemporary and advanced counterparts. This track serves as an audio-trailer for a story book which includes beginning to advanced level pieces for solo cello, aimed to emphasize the foundations of improvisation and extended techniques in early education.