(Commissioned by Claire Niederberger + The Post Cortona Premieres Project)
About “Light Cycles”
“Light Cycles” is a 17 movement work written for and commissioned by my friend Claire Niederberger. I asked Claire to send me a list of 10-20 specific colors and she selected each shade primarily based on the name of the color. While I composed each movement, I was primarily influenced by the visual hue of each color. My goal, when developing this work, was to create a flexible and customizable performance piece. “Light Cycles” is designed to accompany a wide array of programming settings. As many or as few movements can be performed in a given performance as the performer desires, the movements can be played in any order, and the movements can be performed continuously or scattered throughout a given setlist.
(commissioned by the Oasi Trio + The Post Cortona Premieres Project)
About “Different Lenses”
“Different Lenses” was composed in 2019 and commissioned by Oasi Trio as part of the Post-Cortona Premieres Project. This piece is scored for violin, clarinet (Bb), and piano.
I first met the members of Oasi Trio (Claire Niederberger [violin], Kathryn Vetter [clarinet], and Magnus Villanueva [piano]) at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy in the summer of 2018. We quickly became friends and shortly after the Sessions, they formed the Oasi Trio. Once the Trio decided to begin commissions and tours, I was fortunate enough to have them ask me to compose a piece for them.
“Different Lenses” is arranged in five short sections, with each depicting a scene of what you might see through each different type of lens.
“ALTITUDE” is a quintet for vibraphone, violin, Bb clarinet, tenor saxophone, and piano inspired by the music of Socrates Garcia, Bob Brookmeyer, and Nashville jam-band Dynamo. The work contains two movements that may be performed in succession or independently.
“ALTITUDE” is based thematically on two dramatically different types of mountains I had visited in years prior to composing this piece: mountains at high altitudes in Colombia + mountains (fjords) at sea level in Norway.
I. Mountains (Colombia)
This movement is upbeat and festive, inspired by the grassy mountains and wonderful people in Santa Rosa de Osos and Medellin, Colombia.
II. Fjords (Scandinavia)
The second movement has a soft nature and humble joy that encapsulates the beauty of the Scandinavian landscape and people. While this movement still draws some influence from jazz, it is also inspired by the music of Peter Gabriel.
“ALTITUDE” is great for students looking for a chamber piece that covers the musical spectrum from fun + upbeat to fragile + beautiful all in a harmonic language accessible to any audience.