Faculty Excellence Exhibition!

This semester I was nominated to display my creative work at the CMU Faculty Excellence Exhibition.  I’m honored to be nominated for something like that, obviously, and have about a half-dozen of my scores laid out on a table amidst a sea of poster presentations. I’ll post pictures soon. I focused on my recent electroacoustic …

Y’know what I miss?

Blogging. I used to do a bunch of it but I’ve gotten too busy to maintain my Sequenza21 blog. Then it occurred to me: this site is built on a freakin’ blogging platform. So expect some occasional blog-type blog posts in the future. Mostly about music stuff, I reckon, but I might talk about comic …

Transitions (Four Movements)

This piece is part of a collaborative music/dance project which I did with dancer/choreographer Heather Trommer-Beardslee. Heather interviewed three vets who had recently transitioned from military careers to being students at CMU. These compelling stories became the motivation for our piece. Heather and I worked independently on choreography and music and only lined up the …

Two Slow Movements

Composed for the Central Michigan University New Music Ensemble, both movements are typical of my current compositional output. Harmonies are based on the repetition of a simple interval pattern and long lyrical melodies weave their way through these chaconnes. The rhythms and colors are rather plain, unadorned, and far from ornate. The directness and simplicity …