Into The Light

Duration: 5:09

Difficulty: ★★★★☆

Released: 2018

Players: (4) soprano voice, flute, marimba, piano

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(written for 2018 Cortona Sessions for New Music)

About “Into The Light”

“INTO THE LIGHT” is a contemporary/art-pop quartet for voice, flute, piano, and marimba.

Thematically, “INTO THE LIGHT” is about the moments in pre-dawn. The first half of this piece focuses on maneuvering in the darkness before the dawn. The second half of the piece is inspired by light slowly trickling into a room through the window.

The marimba part for “INTO THE LIGHT” calls for the use of four-mallet playing and a 4.3 octave marimba. The percussionist serves many roles throughout the piece playing atmospheric style chorales, serving as the rhythmic motor, and creating minimalist textures with other instrumentalists.

“INTO THE LIGHT” is inspired by the music of Peter Gabriel, Philip Glass, and Kate Bush.

“INTO THE LIGHT” is great for students looking for a contemporary chamber piece that draws from the pop music idiom.

text is taken from “Before the Dawn” by Clark Hubbard

Before the dawn

Reach into the void

Dark house

Your walls lay creaking

And its dark outside

Slowly fades into view

And its dark outside

And it feels like floating

Reaching out into nothing

And its dark outside

Go out into the light

Skywire

Duration: 6:44

Difficulty: ★★★★☆

Released: 2018

Players: (2) vibraphone, kick drum, snare drum, 3 tom toms, ride cymbal, hi-hat

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(dedicated to Rashaad Greene, written for GreeneShark Duo)

About “Skywire”

While “SKYWIRE” is a percussion duo scored for drum kit + vibraphone, it can also be interpreted as a multi-percussion duo where one setup consists of instruments found in a drum kit and the other setup consists of keys on a vibraphone. Although the vibraphone is treated as a multi-percussion instrument, there is still a clear melodic shape throughout the piece.

The drum kit + vibraphone exchange melodic and rhythmic while each percussionist has the opportunity to function as the lead voice and accompaniment.

The drum kit part calls for the percussionist to perform grooves that utilize the entire drum kit as well as improvise. The vibraphone part calls for the percussionist to play with four-mallets and switch between playing on the center/edges of keys and the nodes to produce various colors and timbres.

“SKYWIRE” is great for students looking for a percussion duo that are interested in drum kit, vibraphone, or multi-percussion music with a jazz/pop influence. “SKYWIRE” features melodic playing, intricate polyrhythms, colorful textures, and a balance between loose/improvisatory moments and fast-paced passages.

The image on the cover of this piece is of a sculpture hanging above the streets outside of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, Norway.

Pedestrian

Duration: 5:18

Difficulty: ★★☆☆☆

Released: 2017

Players: (1-2) [2] Piano, Voice / [1] Piano + Voice

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About “Pedestrian”

The lyrics for “Pedestrian” come from the poem “Echoes” by Clark Hubbard.

Burn the flowers

go away

in the echoes of the day

become science

being there for

the dawn of effort

looking far away

bleeding airborne

flow astray

touching into tired gaze

you’re falling out for finding you parade

the coldest daylight

crossing your mainstage

traffic on highways

you’re born from daylight

from the end,

borrowed conscience

looking back on then

finding outside, that waterfalls don’t end

their firing squad

a meaning has an end

a box of letters

of dreams i haven’t sent

being outside of your name,

confidence back,

can i try again?