Compositions

Works are listed in reverse chronological order.
Most recent compositions are listed first.

2020

basil eyes

for piano + melodica (one player)

Commissioned by and dedicated to Eunmi Ko.

Duration: ca. 5'00"

Premiere: September 25, 2020 | Tampa, FL (Virtual Concert) | Eunmi Ko, piano

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2020

Sycamore

three movements for toy piano (+ optional piano, mvt 3)

Commissioned by and dedicated to Grace Huang.

Duration: ca. 5'00"

Premiere: June 8, 2020 | Athens, GA (virtual event) | Grace Huang, toy piano

Sycamore is a three-movement work for toy piano (with optional piano accompaniment in the final movement) that is a reflection on returning home after some time, and how people and places change - or don't change - over long stretches of time.

Score available July 2021

2020

Eight Aspects

for violin + piano

Commissioned by and dedicated to E-Na Song and Koki Tanaka.

Duration: ca. 12'00"

Premiere: TBA

Eight Aspects is music that is about the moon in a symbolic sense (although, the eight “aspects” of this work could be interpreted as the eight moon phases). In this case, the moon represents illusions, the subconscious, and something divine yet ambiguous. This imagery is a common thread through the piece, though it is filtered in different ways within each movement. Different moods and characters appear, ranging from fantasy-like escapism to frozen-in-time ritual music; overflowing washes of sound to sharp and pointed textures; and circular gestures that evoke the completeness of a world itself.

Program Notes | Score available January 2022

2020

liveoak

for solo Bb clarinet

Commissioned by the 2020 Solo Clarinet Consortium

Alexander W. Ravitz, lead commissioner

Duration: ca. 10'00"

Premiere: TBA

liveoak is a work for solo clarinet that is about transience: evolving from one state of nature to another, on both micro and macro levels. As the title suggests, the piece is also meant to reflect the general shape of a tree from top to bottom. For example, the slow, longtone-based introduction, with sliding tones and quarter-tone pitches, is meant to represent the roots of a tree, buried under the earth. As the piece goes on, the pitch rises, and there is added clarity to the clarinet tone. Various melodic lines mirror the curving branches of a live oak, and delicate tremolos represent leaves of the tree.

Program Notes | Score available July 2021

2019

West of the Sun

for orchestra

3(pic).3(ehn).3(bcl).3(cbn)/2.2.2.0/3perc/pno/strings

Commissioned by Dr. William Wiedrich and the University of South Florida Symphony Orchestra

Duration: ca. 9'00"

Premiere: April 14, 2019 | Tampa, FL | University of South Florida Symphony Orchestra | Dr. William Wiedrich, conductor

The title, West of the Sun, has multiple meanings to me: most directly, it references Haruki Murakami’s novel South of the Border, West of the Sun, and more generally this piece draws inspiration from Murakami’s body of works. In South of the Border, West of the Sun, the main character’s name is Hajime (はじめ) which translates to “beginning” or “genesis” in English. The idea of genesis plays an important role in the beginning of this piece: my goal was to wholly create the sound world of the piece right from the start, as if the listener opened a door and was suddenly in a different universe.

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2018

Orchard: 50 Musical Impressions of Fruit

for solo piano

Commissioned by the 2018 Kline Piano Project Commissioning Consortium

Variable Duration: 0'45" - 68'00"

Premiere: March 31, 2018 | Tampa, FL | Selections premiered by Dr. Eunmi Ko's piano studio

An orchard is a plot of land used to plant and harvest fruit trees. This collection includes fifty pieces, ranging from 45 seconds to just over three minutes, all titled after, and, in one way or another, inspired by botanical fruit. When composing each piece, I considered the various features of a particular fruit in order to arrive at compositional decisions. So, in essence, the music takes on my interpretation of a fruit’s texture, shape, color, or flavor - either in combination or focusing on just one of those elements. To this end, given the brevity of each piece, I almost see these as “seeds” of what could be more long-form musical ideas. Each piece lasts long enough to express a specific idea - to “make a point” - and then it’s over. There’s no further development or variation, and no kind of extension into a formal pattern. My goal, then, is that when audiences listen to this music they will experience something similar to actually eating a fruit: the experience is brief, but satisfying.

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2017

Salt Veins

for horn in F + trombone + piano

Commissioned by and dedicated to Some Assembly Required

Duration: ca. 6'00"

Premiere: February 9, 2018 | Salem, MA | Some Assembly Required

Salt Veins, more or less, is a work about the ocean and the influence of the ocean on the land (and people) that it touches. In 2013, I moved from land-locked Kentucky to Tampa, FL for graduate school - a move that I expected to be a brief stop along my career path (as of writing this piece I’m still here) - and that change, both academically and geographically, has had a tremendous impact on my compositional work. This piece is a reflection on the geographic nature of that change.

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2017

ghost is born

for clarinet + bassoon + harp

Commissioned by and dedicated to Jessica Pollack (Chamber Music with Friends).

Duration: ca. 5'45"

Premiere: January 5, 2018 | Rockledge, FL | Jessica Pollack (clarinet), JJ Sechan (bassoon), and Haley Rhodeside (harp)

The primary overarching concept of ghost is born is the idea of something that is not real emerging from what is real. This is represented musically by the sound in between the actual music happening: sound that is perceived, but not necessarily intended. 

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2017

The Rainy Season

for clarinet in Bb + euphonium + percussion

Commissioned by and dedicated to Jake East.

Duration: 9'00"

Premiere: July 19, 2017 | Hazard, KY | Amanda Martin (clarinet), Jake East (euphonium), and Gloria Yehilevsky (percussion)

In The Rainy Season the percussion is the primary voice which informs the content which the other performers play. Each of these percussion interludes focus on a distinct texture, ranging from more sparse musical content (such as at the beginning of the work), to more pulse-oriented music. Each section features a kind of crescendo, then decrescendo, and the piece repeats this pattern a number of times, as if emulating the rains which come each day in a rainy season.

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2017

The Wind Carries Relics

for euphonium + piano

Commissioned by and dedicated to Aaron Campbell.

Duration: ca. 6'00"

Premiere: May 10, 2018 | Tallahassee, FL | Aaron Campbell (euphonium) and Valerie Trujillo (piano)

Involuntary memory refers to a type of memory that occurs when a cue in everyday life evokes recollections of the past without any deliberate effort. This concept was first acknowledged by French novelist Marcel Proust, in his novel In Search of Lost Time, in which he famously describes an episode of involuntary memory after tasting a madeleine dipped in tea. This idea of Involuntary, or Proustian, Memory is the central concept behind The Wind Carries Relics.

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2017

Stillness left from empty husks

for flute + clarinet in Bb + horn in F

Commissioned by the 2017 Woodwind Trio Consortium

v3n Trio, lead commissioners

Duration: ca. 10'00"

Premiere: TBA

Stillness left from empty husks evolved from the idea of creating a multi-movement and multi-character work that straddles the line between what is familiar and what is alien. The title of the piece comes from a short poem, and much of the textural, gestural, and narrative aspects of the work draw from the imagery the title evokes. This concept focuses on stillness vs. unrest, micro- and macro-level memory, and extended sounds utilized in a programmatic fashion.

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2017

Fragments: Set II (winter)

for solo euphonium

Commissioned by Jake East

Duration: ca. 8'00"

Premiere: May 4, 2017 | Tampa, FL | Jake East (euphonium)

Winter Fragments is the second set in an ongoing series called Fragments, for solo euphonium. Each set of Fragments focuses on a particular season, and consists of 8 miniature movements (approx. 1 min each), The title and character of each movement is taken from a fragment of a Matsuo Basho haiku.

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2016

Loam: concerto for tuba and percussion ensemble

for tuba + piano + 5 percussion

Commissioned by Robert McCormick and the McCormick Percussion Group

Duration: ca. 28'00"

Premiere: November 5, 2017 | Tampa, FL | Joseph Alvarez (tuba) and the McCormick Percussion Group | Robert McCormick, conductor

Metaphorically, the general arc of Loam is that as living beings we are born from the earth and then return to it. In this way, the piece could be viewed as a musical meditation on death. There is a duality throughout the concerto between reality and un-reality (or, perhaps, living and dead), which is often represented by the switching between low-pitched textures and high-pitched textures. In other words, lower-sounding music metaphorically represents something being grounded, and higher-sounding music is more dream-like.

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2016

Collapsing Geography

for oboe + marimba

Commissioned by Ursula Sahagian

Duration: ca. 12'00"

Premiere: January 26, 2017 | Seattle, WA | Ursula Sahagian (oboe) and Melanie Voytovich, marimba

Collapsing Geography is a work in three movements for oboe and marimba, commissioned by oboist Ursula Sahagian. The title refers to the overall arc and texture of the piece on macro and micro levels. For example, the piece seems to “collapse” over the course of the three movements, moving from a rigid texture in the first movement to a more free and rubato texture by the third movement. Similar processes also occur within each movement.

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2016

Flay

for trombone + viola

Commissioned by Justin Croushore and Emma Hughey

Duration: 5'00"

Premiere: July 17, 2016 | Waterville, ME | Justin Croushore (trombone) and Emma Hughey (viola)

flay

     verb

            to peel the skin off (a corpse or carcass).

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2016

honeycomb

for piccolo + piano

Commissioned by Brittany Primavera

Duration: ca. 5'00"

Premiere: January 22, 2019 | Tampa, FL | Francesca Arnone (piccolo) + Eunmi Ko (piano)

honeycomb is a work for piccolo and piano that uses a cyclical pitch-set system to create a musical environment for the two instruments to interact within. Like an actual honeycomb, this cycle is based off of a hexagonal shape: the six sections of the piece consist of six tetrachords that are transposed in alternating intervals. These tetrachords are occur in three sets of two, moving from an open to closed interval structure.

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2016

blood moon

for clarinet in Bb + piano + violin + cello

Commissioned by the Phoenix Quartet for their "Time Deconstructed" project

Duration: ca. 4'00"

Premiere: January 31, 2016 | New York City, NY | Phoenix Quartet

Blood Moon is a work composed in 2015 as part of the Phoenix Quartet’s Messiaen+ Project. The work is based off of, and, in many ways, deconstructs Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. Much of the harmonic material throughout Blood Moon is taken directly from Quartet for the End of Time and the overall form of the work is proportional to non-retrogradable rhythms found throughout Messiaen’s piece.

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2015

render

for trombone (tenor or bass) + fixed media playback

Commissioned by the 2015 Trombone Commissioning Consortium

JD Handshoe, lead commissioner

Duration: ca. 9'00"

Premiere: December 12, 2015 | Lexington, KY | JD Handshoe (bass trombone)

The word “render” has a variety of meanings: to provide, to become (or cause to be), or, as a noun, the first coat of plaster applied to a brick or stone surface. render draws on these multiple meanings indirectly and could represent any or all of them. The overall development of the work invokes the act of becoming,  slowly transforming from a more drawn-out beginning to a pointed, rhythmic middle section - and back to ethereal.

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2015

Fragments: Set I (summer)

for solo euphonium

Commissioned by Jake East

Duration: ca. 7'00"

Premiere: October 20, 2015 | Morehead, KY | Jake East (euphonium)

Fragments takes its name from the nature in which the piece is constructed, or, rather, deconstructed: the work consists of eight miniature movements titled after lines from two different Matsuo Basho haikus and may be performed in any order at the discretion of the performer. The work is intended to express a particular sonic idea evoked by each fragment of poetry as concisely as possible in each movement. Because of this, musical material often goes beyond melody and harmony, utilizing various extended sounds that can be created on the euphonium as a central focus.

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2015

become/decay

for flute + horn in F

Commissioned by Jennifer Cooper and Zach Cooper

Duration: ca. 6'00"

Premiere: November 8, 2015 | Lexington, KY | Jennifer Cooper (flute) and Zach Cooper (horn)

Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic principle that is centered on the acceptance of the natural cycle of growth, decay, and death. In visual art and design, this is often reflected through wear and tear:  rugged and aged, but never sloppy. This concept has become a focus of my compositional work, as it reveres simplicity, authenticity, and imperfection. become/decay is my first work to acknowledge this principle and derives its name and material from the idea of Wabi-sabi.

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2015

fastigia

for bass clarinet + fixed media playback

Commissioned by choreographer Sarah Walston

Duration: ca. 8'00"

Premiere: April 22, 2015 | Tampa, FL | Alex Ravitz, bass clarinet

fastigia was originally composed as music to accompany dance, commissioned by choreographer Sarah Walston. The work was composed after much of the choreography was completed, and because of this, formal structures and musical gestures were directly influenced by the existing dance.

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2015

Raissa

for piano + violin + double bass

Commissioned by Strings & Hammers

Duration: ca. 5'00"

Premiere: April 6, 2018 | Tampa, FL | Eunmi Ko (piano), Sini Virtanen (violin), and Lloyd Goldstein (double bass)

Raissa is a short work comprised of a single melodic thread that runs through the entire work and is passed around the ensemble, similar to the German klangfarbenmelodie (sound-color melody). This melodic thread is veiled for almost the entirety of the work, and is done so through the use of various extended sounds and dynamic contrasts. Structurally, the work consists of fragments of this thread that frequently come to a rest (at fermatas) before continuing again.

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