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push pins for alto sax (2021)

One day I was walking back to my office when my colleague John Nichol (whose office was right next door to mine at the time) stopped me and said “Look at this. Isn’t this kind of nice?” and he pointed to the arrangement of thumbtacks on my bulletin board. There wasn’t a particular pattern or …

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 …

Quartet No. 3 “Four too many” for sax quartet (2011)

This composition is a single movement that continually spins out from the opening spiky punctuations. The entire quartet has an organic sense of growth as it takes different motives from the beginning and winds through various incarnations of that material. This material is reinterpreted, recombined, twisted, stretched, and generally toyed with until everything coalesces again …