like a blossom unfolding
clarinet, piano - [8'30] - 2018
alto saxophone, piano - [8'30] - 2015
Commissioned by Wally Wallace, saxophone
In Schenkerian theory, "unfolding" is a technique of melodic prolongation where vertically-aligned pitches are presented horizontally so that a simple voice-leading pattern can be extended over a longer period of time. This stretching of small materials into larger, more complex structures reminds me of how a blossoming flower opens itself up to the sun. I am often mesmerized by time-lapse videos of these flowers' movements, and I would like to imagine that like a blossom unfolding is a musical representation of this process, beginning introspectively but unfolding over time to reveal hidden beauty. Additionally, several melodic fragments are direct quotes from actual Schenkerian graphs.
clarinet, alto saxophone, piano - [7'] - 2015
If I asked you to imagine a musical representation of a computer crash, I guarantee that you would not imagine anything at all resembling this piece – and that is precisely the point. external drive represents instead a computer crash from the perspective of the virus causing the crash. Follow its plight through firewalls and security checkpoints, knowing that a successful mission will also cause the virus to cease existence.
flute, chamber ensemble - [10'] - 2014
flute, piano - [10'] - 2011
III. To New Shores
Chamber Ensemble: clarinet in A, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, 2 horns in f, double bass
The undulating feeling of push-and-pull found in river and ocean waters extends into every aspect of Currents: rhythmic vigor, metrical drive, harmonic tension, and melodic fluidity. Inspired by the interconnectivity of all bodies of water, Currents follows a coursing river in its downhill surge, where it reaches a placid sea before flowing on "to new shores."
saxophone quartet - [5'] - 2014
What would happen if blues music was put into a blender and homogenized with chromaticism, changing meter, and a secret quotation? Probably something like this piece of music. How will the secret quotation come to life in the midst of a true "bluster" of sound? Will you catch the quotation before it catches you? When it reveals itself, will you realize that's is been there, lurking, all along?