Rehearsing for the premiere of Dabae and the River Beauty in Fairbanks, AK!

Rehearsing for the premiere of Dabae and the River Beauty in Fairbanks, AK!

Loggerhead Sea Turtle for solo piano

In honor of Cumberland Island National Seashore

composed for the 2016 Artist in Residency program

Teklanika: an emerald from Cantwell for string orchestra

Premiered at the Denali Music Festival July 20, 2015

 

“Pentagon Cabin” a suite for string orchestra

Pentagon Cabin was composed for the Meadow Hill Middle School, Missoula, MT in honor of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Complex for the Artist-Wilderness Connection Residency Program.  Premiered on May 28, 2015.

 

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Dabae and the River Beauty – Dabae and the River Beauty was composed during the 2013 Composing in the Wilderness Field Seminar at Denali N.P., the Yukon-Charley Rivers Wilderness Preserve, and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.
Through studies with Denali N.P.’s geologist, sound scape scientist, and an Alaskan Geographic ecologist, a romantic connection was made between the boldly present relationships between the extreme patient geological time in the Alaskan Range and the falling glacial waters trickling down to contemporary human society.”Dabae” is a native Alaskan term in the Athabaskan dialect for what we call the Dall Sheep.”The River Beauty” is a poetic name for the beautifully common river bed and mountain top plant, the Dwarf Fireweed.
2013 – Premiered at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival as part of the Composing in the Wilderness Field Seminar’s Public Recital.
Diamorpha Smalii: A Granite Phenomenom, for oboe quartetOn the outskirts of Atlanta there is a natural phenomenon completely unique to Northern Georgia and the Southeastern Piedmont Region. The Davidson‐Arabia Mountain Preserve is a hidden treasure holding the mystical environment of a Granite Rock Outcrop. Within this outcrop’s vast harshly barren landscape there are solitary islands of life whose diverse ecosystems are displayed through an immediate array of color. These solution pits house communities of tiny bulbous plants whose way of life is so unified with the micronutrients of granite they existence in no other form in any other environment on Earth. The Diamorpha Smallii is a wondrous being whose life spans an entire year coming to full bloom after the spring rains with specks of white flowers in a sea of warm red splendor. Diamorpha Smallii was composed after observing and meditating on the plant’s complete life cycle in the solution pits. At the Davidson‐Arabia Mountain Preserve, with the supportive inspiration from my friend and Preserve Ranger Robby Astrove, I have been able to witness the growing of a miniature ecosystem in a larger environment that is uniquely Georgia’s. 2013 – Premiered at “Sentience: A Compassionate Sound Wave”.
Viola Sororia: The Common Blue Violet, for string quintet – Viola Sororia, the common blue violet, the birth flower of February, is a being whose beauty springs forth from the thawing cold of winter. The little purple, blue, white, and pink flowers give us hope towards the warmth of a new year. The violet’s common resilience and subtlety allow it to hide below our sight and thoughts. It is easy to overlook such small creations for larger inspirations. But what if we were to approach small, often unwanted beings such as the violet, dandelion, or bumblebee with the same appreciation felt towards an impressive mountaintop view and ocean sunset. Wouldn’t we be able to experience the magical joys of nature right in our front yard every day? Imagine a life where we live in communion with those who provide us with our breath and food, giving back and loving as much as we take and are loved. 2013, premiered at “Sentience: A Compassionate Sound Wave”.
Elegy for the Earth, for solo viola – Elegy for the Earth arose from an empathetic appreciation towards Earth as a living being whose greatest offering is the fertile soil where the nutrients of life are sewn. Dirt is the essence of the great cycle of life. All beings and elements eventually become, have been, or coexist with soil. Viewed as an inanimate object Earth is undergoing a time of great suffering from the massive amount of destruction, extraction, and pollution by human society. I wish we were kinder to our home and lived in way that expressed appreciation towards the elements of Life provided by our Mother Earth. Elegy for the Earth began during a time when I was feeling a great need to reconnect with the wilderness from a compassionate open way. Originally written for the violin, the music began during a weeklong composing and meditation retreat in North Georgia’s Cohutta Wilderness Area. 2013 – for solo viola, premiered at “Sentience: A Compassionate Sound Wave” and 2012 – for solo violin, premiered at Georgia State University’s Student SCI Spring Concert.
The Shy Maiden: A Single Delight, moneses uniflora, for woodwind quintetThe Shy Maiden is a flower of meek existence rising only two inches above Denali National Park’s tundra floor. Far below a dense canopy of northern pines, the Shy Maiden’s aura emanates from a lush green moss carpet with a glowing white beauty. This piece was originally composed during the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival’s unparalleled “Composing in the Wilderness Field Seminar”. Submersed in the ruggedness of Denali National Park’s backcountry with a Soundscape Scientist, an Environmental Field Guide, and a Wilderness Composer; the field seminar is an intensive study into the acoustics and musical energy of Earth. 2013 – for woodwind quintet, premiered at “Sentience: A Compassionate Sound Wave” and 2012 – for mixed quartet, premiered at the “Composing in the Wilderness” Fairbanks Summer Music Festival concert.
King Fisher: for the Grizzly, the Gentle Giant of the North, for string quartet – King Fisher was one of the first chamber pieces I composed while attending the University of Montana in the magical town of Missoula. The royal beasts of the Rocky Mountains share an ever‐present existence with daily societal life. The Majesty of this wild reality, towering over all beings, is the Grizzly. Viewed with caution, fear, and love, the Grizzly’s true compassionate nature is to often obscured by its stern aggressive reign. 2013 – performed as part of “Sentience: A Compassionate Sound Wave” – 2002 – performed at The Ohio State University on my Senior Recital in partial fulfillment of a B.A. in Music Composition – 1998 – premiered at The University of Montana’s Spring Composer’s Recital.
Variations on the Theme of Alicia – Variations on the Theme of Alicia was inspired by the main theme of the Eddie Harris song “Alicia”.  2009 – Premiered at the Decatur Arts Festival as an accompanying score for a featured dance performance.
String Trio for Dance – String Trio for Dance was commissioned by OSU Graduate Students of Dance CoCo Loupe and Amiti Perry for a featured  Showcase Performance. 2004 – Premiered at The Ohio State University’s Winter Dance Showcase.
String Quintet mvmt I 2002 – String Quintet mvmnt I was premiered at The Ohio State University as partial fulfillment of a B.A. in Music Composition.
String Quintet mvmt II – String Quintet movement II was a first experiment in translating randoms sounds of nature in the quiet of night to a musical page.  The small, sparse, insect sounds were put in contrast to a the human activity in an urban nightlife. 2002 – String Quintet movement II was premiered at The Ohio State University as partial fulfillment of a B.A. in Music Composition.
Digital Transgressions A Lost Land – Digital Transgressions: A Lost Land reminisces of a time before the suburban technological comforting lifestyle began to creep across the country side over taking a lifestyle that lived “with” our Earth instead of “contrary” to our Earth. 2002 – Digital Transgressions: A Lost Land was premiered at The Ohio State University as partial fulfillment of a B.A. in Music Composition.
Digital Transgressions Cellutricity – Digital Transgressions: Cellutricity was a musical commentary on witnessing the introduction of the computer and cell phone habits into main stream society. 2002 – Digital Transgressions: Cellutricity was premiered at The Ohio State University as partial fulfillment of a B.A. in Music Composition.