for clarinet and live electronics
“Darl” is named after the character from William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying.” A well spoken, soul searching character, Darl’s frustration over the way his family copes with his deceased mother leads him on a downward spiral, culminating with his confinement in a state mental institution. The piece features high pitched, jarring, accented sections indicative of his turmoil, coupled with a transcendental ending built off an electronic looping structure that spectrally shimmers with the aid of several flangers. In addition, the patch uses pitch shifting, noise, delay and ring modulation; the clarinet writing features microtones and trills that utilize alternate fingering.
for trumpet and bassoon
EP is a set of three duets for trumpet and bassoon, with a final movement Daddy for bassoon alone. This piece has been performed twice; I played the trumpet, and Melissa Birkhold on the bassoon. Its second performance took place at Highlandtown Elementary School in inner city Baltimore.
for brass quintet
Rust Belt is about an region of the United States and its culture. I wrote Rust Belt for the Meridian Arts Ensemble to perform at June in Buffalo in 2015. I was inspired to write the first movement, Waterfront from sitting by the harbor, listening to oil tankers and feeling the wind brush up against my face. In Trucks, I also explore the sounds of machinery, assigning each player a limited amount of pitch variation, but ask the players to create pulses at different tempi.
Men and Music have a contrasting feeling. Unlike the minimalism of the first and third movements, these selections are busy and densely polyphonic, with fast, chromatic runs, glissandi, and occasional tonal sections.