I have been very fortunate over the past year to have a steady stream of commissions coming in and keeping me out of trouble. This spring, four of them will come to fruition in four different states.
Silent Canyons for Percussion Quintet (April 15, 2014)
Silent Canyons was commissioned by Dr. Jonathan Latta and the Fort Lewis College Percussion Ensemble in Durango, Colorado. The 7-minute quintet delves into the mysterious 13th century disappearance of the Anasazi/Hisatsinam people.
EvenStar: Lullaby for Euphonium, Tuba & Marimba (May 20, 2014)
EvenStar was commissioned by Dr. Brian Meixner & Dr. Dennis AsKew for performance at the 2014 International Tuba & Euphonium Conference at Indiana University (Bloomington, IN) this spring. The work is based on Edgar Allan Poe's poem with a similar title, "Evening Star," and will conclude a the short concert, which also features Spitfire (euphonium & vibraphone/marimba) and Samuel Adler's classic "Four Dialogues for Euphonium & Marimba."
The Dreamers of Dreams for Percussion Orchestra (May 22-24, 2014)
The Dreamers of Dreams was commissioned by Rick Minnotte and the Mt. Lebanon Percussion Program (PA) to celebrate their 30th anniversary. The title is borrowed from a line in the poem "Ode" by Arthur O'Shaughnessy, made famous by Gene Wilder's Willy Wonka – "We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams.
Black Rainbow for 6 Percussion & Band (June 6, 2014)
Black Rainbow was commissioned by Ned Smith and the Coventry High School Band (CT). The work explores the elusive and mystical moonbow – a rainbow produced by light reflected off the surface of the moon. Because it is dark when a moonbow appears, the human eye cannot detect the full spectrum of colors that are present, making the moonbow appear to lack color, thus the name black rainbow.