The contours of absence
String Quartet No.1
Co-commissioned by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, in partnership with The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Americas Society. Premiered September 2nd, 2016, by the 10 finalist groups at the Banff International String Quartet Competition
Both purely abstract and sonically concrete, this quartet explores virtuosic shifts between quickly contrasting modes of expression, while demanding a physical internalization of a dense thicket of activity. Escaping the agitation and frenzy are moments of melodic beauty, microtonal introspection, and a delicate fabric of time-suspending harmonics.
near mute force
for 2 sopranos, viola, piano, drumset, (aux. perc.) + amplification
Commissioned by the Women's Musical Club of Toronto. Premiered April 7th, 2016, by Stephen Dann's family at the University of Toronto.
A "family-band" piece composed for my friends, the Danns, whose unique hybrid of talents (from jazz improvisation to classically trained chamber music) inspired a contemporary take on the darker undertones of lullabies as a space to give voice to parents' inner thoughts and concerns. Based on excerpts from Rivka Galchen's book Little Labors.
for baritone, violin, cello
Written during the Creative Dialogue residency in Santa Fe (run by the Sibelius Academy & Acequia Madre House). Premiered June 11th, 2014, by William Lee Bryan, Lisa Romain, and Khari Joyner in Santa Fe
Based on Rilke's text Primal Sound and a short French poem entitled inscription by Charles Cros, The Phonograph marks the remarkable moment when sound became immortal. Part story-telling, part musical reverie, this is a nostalgic nod to the rudimentary recording mechanisms of the past and the wonder they inspired.
for amplified flute, piano, cello, and tape
Miniature written for Ensemble Pamplemousse's BLOCKS project. Premiered April 7th, 2013 by Pamplemousse at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn
for percussion quartet
Co-commissioned by San Francisco Symphony and New World Symphony. Premiered March 8, 2013 by NWS' percussionists, directed by Michael Linville at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach
A piece inspired by the Montreal "casseroles" protests (aka the Maple Spring) and a reaction to the imprisonment of Russian feminist collective Pussy Riot for their gorilla performance of Punk Prayer in a Moscow Cathedral.
Prelude: for singing bowl and megaphone
Movement I: casseroles
Interlude I: metallic resonance 1
Movement II: drum solo vs. bell carol
Interlude II: drum improvisation
Movement III: metallic resonance 2 with megaphones
Work & Day
for two percussion (2 kalimbas, xylophone, and timpani)
Homage to Zosha's teacher, Tristan Murail, in celebration of his retirement. Premiered April 4, 2012 by Talujon at the Italian Academy in New York.
for fl, ob, cl, perc, pn, vn, va, vc
Premiered April 9th, 2011 by Talea Ensemble, conducted by Yoshiaki Onishi at the Italian Academy in New York. Revised premiere December 3rd, 2012, by members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
LA FORMA DELLO SPAZIO
for fl, cl, pn, vn, vc (*alternate version also available with harp instead of piano)
Commissioned by The Banff Centre with support by Barbara C. Poole & Family. Premiered July 2nd, 2010 under the direction of Henk Guittart at The Banff Centre
Inspired by the mobiles of Lee Bontecou and Alexander Calder, this spatialized piece traces sound trajectories around the concert hall. The title is borrowed from a short story by Italo Calvino and translates to "The Form of Space."