4 for 20 began as a sketch for a concept I’m developing for my upcoming COLA IMAP performance in June, 2023. The piececreates a contemplative space through a series of gradually changing chords on 20 just-intonation chimes. These chords manifest through shifting polyrhythms connected to the frequency of each chime.
This piece continues my 8 years of making just-tuned chimes, as well as my gradual descent into the wooly world of Erv Wilson microtonality. The chimes are tuned to a 1•3•5•7•9•11 Eikosany, and each musician plays 5 of them.
I hope you can join me for the world premiere of Summits on March 20!
Summits is a new song cycle using texts I have collected over the last decade while hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains. Each song is based on entries I have documented in various summit registers (notebooks often found at the top of mountain trails). These personal chronicles from regional pinnacles portray the wisdom, humility, and humor that can only be found on a mountain peak.
Summits is written for voice, string quartet, and guitar/accordion, and I am happy to be joined by singer Joanna Wallfisch and the Koan Quartet in bringing it to life.
We will premiere Summits at the Soundwaves Concert Series on March 20 in celebration of their 50th event!
I’m very excited to announce the premiere of Polytope this coming March! Polytope is a multimedia microtonal performance for MIDI quartet. To perform Polytope, I’ll be joined by Erin Barnes, Cory Beers, and Andrew Lessoman. Performed entirely in darkness, it’s a mesmerizing dance of silhouettes of fingers over colorful glowing MIDI buttons, captured on live feed video and projected large and bright as a moving, visual score. Polytope is rhythmically charged in the vein of musical minimalists such as Phillip Glass, Steve Reich, or Arnold Dreyblatt, but harmonically inspired by the microtonal explorations of James Tenney, Erv Wilson, or Harry Partch. The multimedia style of presentation is somewhere between a string quartet, Kraftwerk, James Turrell, and an Indonesian dhalang (master shadow puppeteer). Three performances of Polytope are scheduled in March:
Automata, Los Angeles, March 18
Wayward Music Series, Good Shepherd Chapel in Seattle, March 23
Danny Holt and Molly Gebrian have recorded my Ultramarine, and it will be included in their upcoming Trios for Two album on Innova Recordings! Check out their Kickstarter campaign and consider supporting the album.
I am excited to announce my new album, Diamond Pulses! Diamond Pulses will be released by Orenda Records on September 12. There will be a release show that day at Automata. Stream the audio from Bandcamp, then pre-order your copy from Orenda Records! [bandcamp width=100% height=42 album=1844134484 size=small bgcol=ffffff linkcol=0687f5] More info soon!
I’ll have a few chamber music performances in June to announce soon! In the meantime, here’s an electronic piece I made recently. It fades in slowly, so have a bit of patience at the beginning. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/204484331″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”250″ iframe=”true” /]