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Akropolis Reed Quintet’s Web Premiere of Elegy

I am thrilled to present Akropolis Reed Quintet’s Web Premiere of Elegy.

In its original form, Elegy is the second movement of my Duo Sonata for clarinet and alto saxophone, which was composed in late 2001 for saxophonist Timothy McAllister and clarinetist Alan Woy. I composed this movement in the span of about 2 hours on a Sunday in November that year. It was the first bit of music I composed after 9/11 (two months earlier). It wasn’t until about 4 or 5 years ago that I began acknowledging that the Elegy might be a reaction to the events of that horrible and tragic day.

I like to think of Elegy now as an opportunity for listeners to use on their own terms: perhaps to remember a loved one lost – or just to simply listen.

Here is Akropolis Reed Quintet’s beautiful and moving performance:

The Web Premiere Event, which took place on 27 September 2017 was preceded by a short interview with Matt Landy of Akropolis via Facebook Live. I had a little trouble connecting at the beginning, but after about three minutes, we finally managed to chat. We discussed Elegy in its original form and this new version for reed quintet, and discussed my upcoming album to be released in Spring 2018 on PARMA Recordings. I hope you enjoy this bit of insight!

New Album Coming in Spring 2018

Since PARMA recordings has just announced my status as a New PARMA Artist, I am thrilled to finally announce my forthcoming CD release with PARMA Recordings, light and shadows, waves and time, to be released in Spring 2018. I have been fortunate over the past twenty or so years to have collaborated with several of the… Continue Reading

A New Review of “The Space Between Us”

Hey, hey! I’m thrilled to share this wonderful review by Joshua Kosman, the classical music critic for the San Francisco Chronicle: By turns frenetic and soulful, the five pieces on this new release plunge a listener sharply into the world of the Akropolis Reed Quintet, a sharp, sleek ensemble out of the University of Michigan.… Continue Reading

Protect the National Endowment for the Arts

The Arts, as a single entity, defines society. From Architecture to Music (and all points in between), all nations are easily identified by their artistic styles and their modes of expression. The Arts are quite simply those things that define WHO WE ARE as human beings. Indeed, there was a time where freedom of expression… Continue Reading

Laude! New Music for The Holidays.

Laude! is my latest collaboration with my friend and partner in crime Garth Bardsley. Approximately 23 minutes in duration, Laude! celebrates celebrates Peace and Hope during a time of emptiness and despair. The work borrows melodies and words from the 13th century Italian Codex Laudario di Cortona with the addition of profound and beautiful contemporary words by Garth Bardsley. Laude! is… Continue Reading

A preview of The Space Between Us!

The Space Between Us   The Space Between Us was commissioned by the amazing Akropolis Reed Quintet to be the title work for their March 2017 release on the Innova label. Here is a trailer for Akropolis Reed Quintet’s forthcoming album featuring my music (the title track) in the background: Recorded in May 2016 in Ann Arbor, this album features music… Continue Reading

Collaborating with Akropolis Reed Quintet

My new work The Space Between Us was commissioned by the amazing Akropolis Reed Quintet. It is the title track for their third album they are recording in May for release in Fall 2016. Check out my interview with them in their blog. And even though (as Frank Zappa is believed to have said) “Talking about music is like dancing about… Continue Reading

About “of Light and Shadows”

of Light and Shadows is my second sonata for alto saxophone and piano. Composed fifteen years after my first, deus sax machina, the piece is in two contrasting movements that reflect on the interactions between light and light’s shadow-creating obstructors. The first movement, Luminant Shadows, is a slow and sustained nocturne in arch form. The… Continue Reading

While it’s still the Christmas season…

… stream Stella Nuova from the WPBS production of “Festive Celebration: The Crane Candlelight Concert 2014” This concert also features two works by my friend and teacher William Averitt: All Through the Night (at 7:05) and Alleluia, The Mother Sings (at 33:26). My Stella Nuova, with words by Garth Bardsley, opens the concert (at 1:19).… Continue Reading

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