News


December 2016
ALBUM RELEASE
The UK-based York Guitar Quartet has released their latest album, Landscape with Trees (2016), which includes my composition Waves Obsidian (2008) for guitar quartet. The album is available for purchase on CD Baby and iTunes.

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November 2016
COMMISSION
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in partnership with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, has commissioned Shadows Radiant, one in a series of fanfares commissioned by the TSO, in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Confederation of Canada, with financial assistance from the Government of Canada.

Visit the TSO's Canada Mosaic site for more info.
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April 2016
SUMMER FESTIVAL
Very happy to be attending the Aspen Music Festival and School this summer as a fellow of the Susan and Ford Schumann Center for Composition, with the generous support of the Williamson Foundation for Music.
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April 2016
ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE
In October, Mark Shapiro will lead the PEI Symphony Orchestra in the Canadian premiere of Arc of Horizon.
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January 19, 2016
ORCHESTRAL APPOINTMENT – Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
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I'm beyond thrilled to announce that I'll be joining the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra as its Composer-in-Residence beginning in September 2016! I look forward to working with Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate and the WSO on new compositions every year, co-curating the WSO's acclaimed New Music Festival, and participating in the WSO's excellent community and education programs.

Complete press release

January 2016
ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES
My friend Shalom Bard will perform Brittle Fracture twice this April, conducting the University of Western Ontario Symphony Orchestra.
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January 2016
PERFORMANCES
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Spokane Symphony's Winter Chamber Soirée concerts this February will include my String Quartet no. 1, Of Episodic Nature.


December 2015
AWARD
On December 9, I was awarded with the ASCAP Foundation's Leonard Bernstein Award, presented to me by Bernstein's daughter Nina Simmons at the awards ceremony in New York City.
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September 2015
COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE
Proud to serve as composer in residence for the Orchestre de chambre McGill / McGill Chamber Orchestra in 2015-16. I will be composing two new works, to be premiered on May 3, 2016 and June 7, 2016 at Salle Bourgie and Maison Symphonique, respectively (Montreal, Canada).

June 2015
ALBUM PRODUCTION
This year I will be producing the 5th studio album of Canadian guitarist Patrick Kearney, featuring all contemporary music for solo guitar, including my work Hyperion (published by Les Productions d'OZ). Tracking begins in July and post-production through Fall 2015. Release date TBD.

May 2015
COLLABORATION
In May-June of this year, I will be participating in the Quatuor Bozzini's 2015 Bozzini_Lab Vancouver. I will be composing a new work for string quartet, to be workshopped and premiered at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.

March 2015
COMPETITION WINNER
The Society for Chamber Music in Rochester has awarded Never the Same River, for 5 players, as winner of its 2015 Composition Competition (college category). Press release.

March 2015
ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCES
Brittle Fracture has been programmed by the Victoria Symphony in British Columbia for the orchestra's historical 75th season. Performances will take place on January 23 & 24, 2016, alongside Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition and Chopin's Piano Concerto no. 1.

February 2015
CALL FOR SCORES WINNER
Ensemble 212 has selected Never the Same River, for 5 players, as co-winner of its 2015 call for scores. It will be performed as part of the ensemble's New Music for Young Audiences concert in NYC on March 7, 2015. Event info.

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November 2014
CALL FOR SCORES WINNER
Musical Amoeba has selected Scent of Decay, for classical guitar and piano, as co-winner of its 2014 call for scores, along with works by Denton McCabe and Ed Martin. It will be performed by the Samadi-Keene Duo in NYC on February 7, 2015.

October 2014
ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE
I'm pleased to learn that Brittle Fracture will be performed on January 31, 2015 at Florida State University's 2015 Festival of New Music in Tallahassee, Florida.

September 2014
PERFORMANCES AND RESIDENCY
In late October I will be visiting Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Two of my works, Kritikos Horos and Suite for Solo Cello, will be performed at the faculty chamber concert on October 27, 2014, and I will be giving presentations on my music in the days before and after the concert.

July 2014
ORCHESTRAL PERFORMANCE
I'm pleased to learn that Brittle Fracture will be performed on August 13 by the Spokane Symphony in Washington, under the baton of Eckart Preu. Click here for tickets and details.

April 2014
WORLD PREMIERE
Very excited to be taking part in the American Composers Orchestra's 2014 Underwood New Music Readings! The symphonic adaptation of my piece Brittle Fracture will be workshopped over the course of three days in June with mentor composers Julia Wolfe, Derek Bermel, Olly Wilson, and Robert Beaser, with the public reading to take place on June 7. More info on NewMusicBox.

April 2014
FESTIVAL RESIDENCY
This June I will be attending the June In Buffalo festival, where my sextet Kritikos Horos will be performed by the Swedish ensemble Norrbotten NEO (on June 5). Details forthcoming.

February 2014
CALL FOR SCORES WINNER
TEMPO New Music Ensemble has selected Never the Same River as winner of its 2013-2014 call for scores. It will be performed at the University of Maryland on April 28, 2014. See press release for all selected works.

February 2014
CONFERENCE PERFORMANCE
The University of Iowa SCI Chapter has selected Never the Same River for performance at its annual conference on April 6, 2014.

January 2014
WORLD PREMIERE
Esther Diaries, with text by Ellen Frankel, will be premiered by soprano Sharon Azrieli with conductor Boris Brott and the McGill Chamber Orchestra at the Maison Symphonique (Symphony Hall at Place Des Arts) in Montreal.
The performance takes place on June 10, 2014. Click here for tickets.

November 2013
CALL FOR SCORES WINNER
The Association for the Promotion of New Music (APNM) has selected Memento Mori as one of the winners of its 2014 call for scores. It will be performed in New York City in the fall of 2014.

October 2013
WORLD PREMIERE
Very excited to be collaborating with Architek Percussion on the development of a new program, featuring the work of 12 composers. The new set, Zig Bang: Readings and Meditations (The Suitcase Show), will feature pieces by:
Ashkan BEZADHI
Sophie DUPUIS
Fjòla EVANS
Chris GODDARD
Hugo Arne HARMENS
Patrick HART
Lukas LIGETI
Greg SAMEK
Jason SHARP
Stine SORLIE
and myself.

Looking forward to performances at the Cluster Festival and in Montreal in March 2014!

09 / 23 / 2013
The concert schedule for the 2013-2014 season is up, with performances of my works lined up across the US and Canada. See Performances.

08 / 25 / 2013
The live recording of my recent chamber work Never the Same River is finally up! Have a Listen. The recording is taken from the world premiere by the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and NMOP performers, held at the University of Vermont in Burlington on June 15, 2013.

08 / 09 / 2013
Pleased to announce that selected works from my catalogue will now be available for purchase in digital and printed form (scores and parts) on ScoreStreet, a new service that caters to self-published composers! Head over to the site to see what's up!

08 / 09 / 2013
Join Untitled|Collective for their fourth performance at the Ailey Citigroup Theater (NYC). They will be performing excerpts from "Bird Study", choreographed on my Suite for Solo Cello, on August 16 and 17. See my Calendar for details.

07 / 04 / 2013
The lovely Kate Maroney will be singing the US premiere of my Keats Cycle, along with pianist Michael Rose. The concert will be shared with soprano Amy Justman. It will be held at the Greenwich House Music School on August 28, 2013 at 7pm. See my Calendar for details.

06 / 28 / 2013
Even more excited to announce that I have been granted a three-year Doctoral Fellowship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada to pursue my doctoral research into aspects of rhythm and metre in progressive metal music, and the application of this research to my own concert music.

06 / 28 / 2013
Very excited to have been awarded two more SOCAN Foundation Awards for Young Composers this year. Brittle Fracture has received a Sir Ernest MacMillan award for large ensemble, and The Metal and the Flower received my second Godfrey Ridout award for vocal music. View the press release here.

06 / 28 / 2013
My piece for guitar quartet, Waves Obsidian, will be performed by the York Guitar Quartet at the York Guitar Festival in York, UK on July 20, 2013 at 7:30pm.

05 / 30 / 2013
My piece for guitar quartet, Waves Obsidian, will be given its UK premiere by the York Guitar Quartet in Helmsley, York on June 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm.

05 / 30 / 2013
My piece for saxophone quartet, The Sharp End, will be performed at the SCI Region IV conference at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY, held on October 17-19, 2013.

04 / 09 / 2013
I am very happy to announce that I will be joining the music faculty at the City College of New York in the fall as adjunct lecturer. Looking forward to training the next generation of talented musicians!

02 / 24 / 2013
Proud to announce a commission from the Providence Premieres New Music Festival to compose a new work for soprano Blythe Walker, violinist Alexey Shabalin, and harpist Hyungjung Choi. The piece will be premiered at the Providence Premieres inaugural concert on April 19, 2013 @ 7:30pm at the Governor Governor Lippett House in Providence, RI.

02 / 24 / 2013
I will be composing a new chamber work to be premiered by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) at the New Music on the Point Festival at the University of Vermont in Burlington this June. Details forthcoming.

12 / 12 / 2012
My new piece for 14 players will be premiered by The Contemporary Music Ensemble (CUNY), with whom I will be composer-in-residence. Conductor/composer Whitney E. George will lead a wonderful concert that will also include Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, Charles Ives's Central Park in the Dark, and a world premiere by my fellow composer-in-residence Austin Shadduck.

The concert will be held in Elebash Hall in Midtown Manhattan on May 8, 2013 at 7:30pm.

11 / 24 / 2012
More exciting news: my Suite for Solo Cello has been selected as one of seven works to be choreographed and performed with contemporary dance. Ian RT Colless, artistic director of Untitled | Collective, will create the choreography for my piece. It will be performed by cellist Hiro Matsuo at Roulette in Brooklyn on February 17, 2013.

Also on the program will be works by my fellow composers Jonathan Howard Katz, Mary Kouyoumdjian, James Holt, Whitney E. George, Robert S. Cohen, and Dana Dmitri Richardson, and choreographers Sarah Mettin, Leigh Schanfein, Alisa Fendley, Sean Hoskins, and Shanna Daly.

11 / 23 / 2012
Kritikos Horos will be performed by the American Modern Ensemble, under Robert Paterson, at the 2013 Composers Now festival in New York City. The concert will be held in Elebash Hall in Midtown on February 19, 2013 at 8pm.

11 / 22 / 2012
Hard at work on The Esther Diaries for soprano and nine musicians. We're looking at a Fall 2013 premiere.

10 / 17 / 2012
I am pleased to announce that Kritikos Horos will be performed by the American Modern Ensemble, under Robert Paterson, at the 2013 Composers Now festival in New York City. The details will be announced shortly.

09 / 15 / 2012
Today is my second appearance on the Composers Circle website, which features one living composer every day. Check it out!

09 / 07 / 2012
The Metal and the Flower can now be streamed on the Media page. This live recording is taken from the premiere performance in NYC this past May.

06 / 14 / 2012
My chamber sextet Kritikos Horos received an Honorable Mention for the 2012 Brian M. Israel Prize in composition.

05 / 31 / 2012
Some new recordings are up on the Media page, including the Mivos quartet's live premiere performance of my second string quartet, In Flames, and my sextet Kritikos Horos. I hope you enjoy!

05 / 20 / 2012
Today I'll be one of the first composers featured on the new Composers Circle website, designed by my friend and award-winning composer Eric Guinivan to help promote a new generation of contemporary concert music.
Check out my profile, and visit every day for a new featured composer: http://composerscircle.com/

05 / 05 / 2012
My thanks to my friend, the composer and photographer David Adamcyk for the keen photos that appear on my website.

3 / 24 / 2012
My new work, a setting of P. K. Page's The Metal and the Flower, will be performed in Elebash Hall in New York City on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. The performance will be given by tenor Nils Neubert, pianist Soyeon Lee, and the multi-faceted Red Wierenga on accordion.

3 / 15 / 2012
The Concordia Guitar Quartet will be performing Waves Obsidian (2008) at the gala concert of the Montreal International Classical Guitar Festival. The concert is on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 8pm in D. B. Clarke Auditorium (Montreal), and features the CGQ and Jeffrey McFadden. For details visit the festival's website: http://guitaremontreal.com/
2 / 29 / 2012
The Feb. 27 Composers' Alliance concert - in which Kritikos Horos was performed with Carl Bettendorf at the helm - received an excellent review by Seth Gilman of the Examiner: read the review

2 / 28 / 2012
The American Academy of Arts and Letters has announced this year's music awards, and I am proud to say that I have been awarded the prestigious Charles Ives Fellowship. Congratulations to my fellow Music Awards recipients!
For more info, here's the press release.
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2 / 11 / 2012

Kritikos Horos for mixed sextet will be performed on February 27 as part of the Composers Now Festival in New York City.
There will be a repeat performance on March 12 at the
Composers’ Alliance first concert of 2012. The piece will be conducted by Carl C. Bettendorf. For details see the Events page.