I’m delighted to share the exciting news that I have been commissioned by the Astoria Music Project in New York City from their first call for scores, as I will be writing a new work for their “New York State of Mind” concert on 9 February, 2019. Harlem (A Dream Deferred), an art song based on the text by Langston Hughes, will be my first premiere in NYC since moving back to the US after living in England for 6 years. The Astoria Music Project consists of Stefanie Izzo (Soprano), Amanda Lee (French Horn), David Taubman (Piano), and Rachel Hauser (Violin).
I have been selected to curate a concert at the 6th Annual Oh My Ears Festival in Phoenix, Arizona, which will take place between 31 January to 3 February, 2019. On 2 February at 5pm, my Ensemble in Process (Ensemble in Loops) makes its US debut, as I will be curating a set of 3 pieces from my repertoire involving the use of a digital delay processing pedal: Fantasia on a Lament; towers, beautiful, mourning, Tuesday; and Lucid Dreaming (with Video Installation), with collaborations featuring Celka Ilona Ojakangas Olivia Erwin. Additional performers TBA. For more information, click here.
In the Spring I was selected a composer to attend the 2018 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium as part of the Vocal Fellows Program. “First they Came…”, for vocal quartet+string trio, was premiered at the Symposium on 5 July, 2018. It was my first piece involving vocalists with an instrumental ensemble, and my latest world premiere on the West Coast since 2007, when I was living in San Francisco at the time.
By Looking Down, I See Up was commissioned by Holland based musicians Belemir Baran (Violin) and Cody Takács (Contrabass), and was premiered at Podium Vocale in The Hague, Netherlands on 15 April, 2018. The title of the work is based on a pair of illustrations from Danish Astronomer’s Tycho Brahe's Astronomiæ instauratæ Mechanica (1598) depicting his understanding of the connection between macrocosm and microcosm. Excerpts from the work will be on this website shortly.