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.
|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 quartet – On 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 quintet – The 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.|
FILM / INCIDENTAL SCORING
A science-fiction liturgy and pilgrimage to the Agion Oros – Mt. Athos, Greece.
Video, text and field recordings by Jeff Wood. wolvesdontbark.com
Original score, Yawning of the River, by Stephen Wood.
Stephen Wood Music provided incidental music for the first scene in “Accidental Dating”.
“Accidental Dating” is a short independent film produced in Atlanta, GA by HoneyPot Films
As part of Atlanta’s 48 hour Film Festival, Stephen Wood Music scored HoneyPot Films’ production “The Case of the Mistaken Murder”. This link is to the Movie Trailer. The incidental music was provided by Stephen Wood Music.
As a jazz composer, Stephen engages the entire ensemble in conversation. The musical playing field is opened for individual expression with an awareness of the ensemble through orchestration, developed formal structures, and spacial improvisation.
Stephen Wood’s Newest Exploration in Wilderness-Artist Connections!!!
Inspired by the scientific theory of Acoustic Niche Hypothesis, The “Wilderness Society” explores the sounds of Urban Wilderness by performing graphic scores representing sonic timelines.
Check out the Live Tracks from Sounds from the Underground Jazz Composer’s Showcase Series!!
|Evening – There is a moment leading up to Dusk when sentient beings seem to emanate the tensions of the sun leaving the sky! A crescendo of song, movement, and tension suddenly condenses in the singular sounds of night – Insects!!
|Pavement – concrete, asphalt, tar, gravel, rock, dirt….All travelled over by rubber with a constant monotonous rhythm.|
|The Weed Eaters – Human society has a strange incurable obsession with Weeds! The incessant groove in the air from blowers and weed eaters is about us with out concern.
|Urgency – “Humanity has come to a crossroads where we can either destroy the world, or we can create a good future. At this time, there is tremendous doubt regarding the inherent goodness and worthiness of our species. If we draw the conclusion that humanity is not inherently good—that we do not possess inherent wisdom—then what hope can the future possibly hold? In that case, it seems inevitable that the forces of fear and doubt will escalate, creating an internal environment that is detrimental to the human mind and heart, as well as to the external environment.” – Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche
Chlorophyll: A Naturalist’s Quartet
COMING SOON!! DEBUT CD RELEASE on BeHip Records! Spring of 2014!
Chlorophyll: A Naturalist’s Quartet is dedicated to the performance of music inspired by meditations on Plant Life, Earth’s Natural Processes, and our Human Relationship to our Environment.
Radiation and magnetic fields extend from all forms of life producing an energetic quality unique to their species. By understanding and absorbing these qualities, allowance is made to produce musical colors in relation to the unique personalities of environmental beings. As we receive happiness and joy from the aroma of a rose and the sight of a sunflower, we also absorb vibrations produced by those qualities. Vibrations are atomic waves of energy felt, heard, and in extreme cases, visualized by sentient beings. A sound wave is an energetic vibration with pitch, volume, attack, and decay. Energy is a mystical existence that produces vibrations of sustenance essential to all forms of life. Plants are living beings who receive energy, transform energy, produce energy, grow, move, live, and die.
As animals of ego and logic, human beings have developed to a state of extreme disconnect and apathy towards plants as sentient beings, not only as singularly responsible for our total existence, but as brothers sharing life on Earth. Through musical composition inspired by wilderness areas and natural processes, Chlorophyll wishes to participate in a re-ignition of a once existing compassionate awareness between humans and plants.
The Stephen Wood Ensemble: Inaudible
“Inaudible” is an impressive full-length record featuring an orchestrated nonet masterfully improvising over Stephen Wood’s evocative compositions.
Wood’s strengths lie in his versatility, attention to nuance, and thorough understanding of many styles and genres – from the classical to contemporary.
|Solitude: A Sweet Absence of Looks
“Hippies beware, and warier still be ye swingsters and fusionites. Postal is here to rescue us from the madness of anachronism, notalgia, and futurism.
Unlike most Hammond-keyed orchestras, Postal is neither an evangelical Big Top circus front, nor a …..”
|Direction: Expiremental Fantasy
|Direction: Theory of Chaconne