Circle Limit III

Circle Limit III, commissioned and premiered by Los Angeles Electric 8 at Disney Hall. Photo by Carl Pocket
Circle Limit III is a guitar octet commissioned by the Los Angeles Electric 8, and premiered on November 18 at Walt Disney Concert Hall as part of Noon to Midnight. Below is some of the press from that event. A recording of Circle Limit III is coming in 2018, so stay tuned!
    • Mark Swed, LA Times ” … a stunning wall of sound as aural complement to Gehry’s steel.”
    • Sequenza 21 “…Circle Limit III, by Daniel Corral, gracefully flowed outward in a warm ambient wash. The piece was never static… with the sound rising, falling and slowly shimmering in the bright afternoon sunshine. The harmonies were lush and comforting and worked to subvert the frenetic sounds of traffic out in the street. Circle Limit III was perfectly chosen for the sidewalk and fully captured the imagination of the crowd – listening and looking down Grand Avenue became a strangely calming and unexpectedly peaceful experience.”
    • KPFK Concert premiere promo

Fall materializing!

It’s been a hectic summer, and fall concerts are slowly materializing. Much more info will be coming soon, including a performance of Refractions on dublab.comDiamond Pulses performance at Ham and Eggs, some shows in the bay area, and more!

Diamond Pulses at Boston Court, July 9

Diamond Pulses, cover art by Eron Rausch
Diamond Pulses, cover art by Eron Rausch

On July 9, Aron Kallay and Vicki Ray will perform a 2 keyboard arrangement of Diamond Pulses at Boston Court as part of DuoFest!
Diamond Pulses was originally a solo multimedia electronic piece that was released as an album on Orenda Records in 2015.
I hope to see you there!

If you’d like to hear the original version, I will be peforming it at The Island of Misfit Toys Vol. 31 (at La Cita in downtown LA) on July 4!


I’m very excited to announce that my new album Refractions will be released by Populist Records!
Refractions features performances by guitarist Jeremy Kerner, the Isaura String Quartet, and myself.
I hope you will join me on the evening of May 6 for an album release show at Automata!

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Refractions cover artwork by Joyce Nojima

Refractions album release show
8pm, May 6
504 Chung King Court
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Ticket info coming soon!

Refractions is a 44 minute electro-acoustic chamber piece that expands on my 10 years of exploring the sonic and sculptural possibilities of music boxes. Composed for string quartet, electric guitar, and electronically processed music box, Refractions combines ethereal ambient electronics with contemplative acoustic timbres.
On May 6, Refractions will be performed live by guitarist Jeremy Kerner, the Koan Quartet, and myself.
I am also thrilled to have Rahman Baranghoori (vocals and violin) and Timothy Maloof (violin) perform a duo set of improvisations and songs based on Persian Mugam and Arabic Maqamat (modes).

The album features fantastic performances by guitarist Jeremy Kerner, the Isaura String Quartet, and myself.
The artwork is by Joyce Nojima, with graphic design by Jennifer Bewerse.
Refractions was recorded and mixed at Catasonic Studios, and mastered by Mulholland Music.

Refractions artwork by Joyce Nojima
Refractions artwork by Joyce Nojima

Performances in March

On March 16, Wendy Richman will perform my Diasporic Music #1: Home at Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA as part of an event organized by the Boston Microtonal Society.
Here’s a recording of Andrew McIntosh playing Diasporic Music #1: Home at the wulf.
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The next day on March 17, Oakwood Brass will premiere Circle Limit II, at Pasadena Presbyterian Church at 12:15pm. Circle Limit II was commissioned by Oakwood Brass.

Goodbye, 2016

Here’s a sort of threnody for 2016, which I made on Black Friday, thinking about Pauline Oliveros.
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One Line sketch

Here is a sketch of an electronic piece I’m currently working out. It uses a 7-note just intonation scale from a Lou Harrison book (basically a JI Dorian).
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Trios for Two Kickstarter

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.