Very excited to be involved with the inaugural season of the Maryland Wind Festival, taking place this summer in Frederick, Maryland!
The Maryland Wind Festival is a new chamber music project created by bassoonist and conductor Tyler Austin that seeks to unite talented musicians in bringing professional quality wind music to Western Maryland and the surrounding region. The MWF Team is committed to expanding wind repertoire, particularly through commissioning pieces for wind soloists and chamber ensembles. As part of the festival’s inaugural season, they have commissioned me for a new saxophone and double wind quintet to be performed by saxophonist Don-Paul Kahl. I have worked with Don-Paul in multiple capacities before, and am thrilled to be working with him again.
You can donate online at their KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN, where you can also find more detailed information on MWF and its goals.
Beyond excited to have been commissioned by the New World Symphony, for a work for DJ and orchestra in collaboration with DJ Panic Bomber! The work will be premiered on Friday, November 14, as part of their “Pulse” night at New World Center in Miami, FL. More info and tickets here.
Super, super honored to have received a Jerome Fund for New Music Grant from the American Composers Forum, to write a piano and electronics piece for Vicky Chow! Read more about the grant and its recipients here.
Ridiculously excited and honored to be apart of the always-incredible Bang on a Can Marathon this year, held at the World Financial Center on June 22. The fabulous violinist Adrianna Mateo will be performing my violin + electronics piece, Lean Back and Release, alongside other great groups such as Contemporaneous, Dawn of Midi, Roomful of Teeth, and of course the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
Click here for the full line-up and set schedule.
Thrilled to be previewing a new collaborative work, Garden Box, with the wonderful choreographer Carlye Eckert next Friday & Saturday (June 6-7) at CAVE, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! Carlye and I have been working for the past year on our new work, and are incredibly excited to present an excerpt of it for the first time on the SOAK Festival.
The performance features recordings by harpist Emily Hoile, violinist Mariam Machaidze, and film by David Fishel, and you can preview the music for it below:
Super honored to be have been commissioned by the Quanta Saxophone Quartet, to write a new work for their Australian tour in August 2014!
The Quanta Quartet, based in Paris, is a cross-continental collaborative project established by American saxophonists Don-Paul Kahl and Jacob Kopcienski, and Australian saxophonists Ali Fyffe and Matt Hinchliffe. I have worked with quartet member Don-Paul Kahl in various capacities before, as almost two years ago he commissioned a solo saxophone work from me, and has since been an important collaborator in my musical career.
To help cover the expenses of the tour such as venue hire, promotion, flights, and instrument costs, the group has a fundraising goal of $2,200.
You can donate online at their POZIBLE CAMPAIGN. The link also has more detailed information on Quanta and its goals.
Beyond excited to be working with the New York Youth Symphony next season! I’ll be writing an orchestra work which will premiere on May 24, 2015 at Carnegie Hall.
Joel Sachs, conductor of the New Juilliard Ensemble, recently wrote a great article in The Juilliard Journal about the April 1 concert, featuring music by Valentin Bibik, and premieres by Michael Ippolito, Robin de Raaff, and yours truly. Check it out HERE!
I answered some questions for Juilliard’s December 2013 Student Spotlight!