Category Archives: Music

Faster Than a Speeding Bullet, Performance Video

I have posted a low quality video of the dance performance at the Faster Than A Speeding Bullet reception this last Friday, September 25th. Other than being a rather cramped space for dancers to perform in, I think it all went rather smoothly. Click here, or the picture below for a video featuring the entire performance and soundtrack.  Enjoy!

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There Are No Words Here

After months of being side-tracked with projects (very worthwhile ones, I might add), I have finally got around to editing the video and audio recordings of ECCE’s ANIMA concert that occurred in May of ’09.

Besides being the artistic director and curator, my own contribution to the program was a piece for solo viola, with choreography by Kyle Sorensen of somebodies dance theater. Our work is titled There Are No Words Here. Viola is played by Kate Rogers. The dancers are Mara Bateman, Jessica Goodburn, and Reanna McCurdy. Link to video below.

Brett Banducci also performed this piece (without choreography) at the 2009 Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium.

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ECCE-:-ANIMA

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As the director of the Eugene Contemporary Chamber Ensemble (ECCE), I am thrilled to announce its latest production: ANIMA.

A concert of new compositions and choreography created in collaboration between graduate students of the School of Music and Dance at the University of Oregon.

Two showings, May 29 and 30th @ 7:30pm in the newly constructed multimedia and rehearsal space in the School of Music, “The Cube” (Rm 190).

Repertoire includes multimedia installations, video projections, electronic music, and a wide variety of chamber music played by live instrumentalists, combined with contemporary choreography, lighting, and production.

FREE ADMISSION is made possible by the generous support of the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance.

See you there!!!

Rapture and the Agon

I have now posted a recording my of recently performed piece for flute choir, Rapture and the Agon. You can read more about it and listen to the recording on its own page.

Although this piece isn’t necessarily a typical departure from what might be called “proscenium-style” concert music (in the sense that there is no additional multimedia or performance element) I most certainly consider the work a collaborative effort. Early in 2009 Molly Barth, phenomenal flutist and chair of the flute department at the University of Oregon, began working with Robert Kyr, the chair of the composition department. Their efforts came to fruition via a collaborative pairing of flutists and composers in a concert of new and original music titled “The Oregon Composers Forum: Flute Music for the 21st Century.” 

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to write a piece for nearly the entire flute studio (10 flutes), including 2 piccolos, 5 soprano flutes, 2 alto flutes, and 1 bass flute. It was a welcome and very satisfying experience, and I have all of the flute players in Molly’s studio to thank for coaching me through the process and ultimately giving the piece a public reading on the concert this April.

Having trouble imagining what 10 flutes might sound like? Go give it a listen.

This piece is dedicated to Molly Barth’s flute studio of Spring 2009.

Performances, April 17th & 18th

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Next weekend, April 17th and 18th, two of my works will be performed as part of the UORDC’s spring concert: The More We Get Together, a collaboration with choreographer Valerie Ifill, and After Hours in The Parlour Room, a collaboration with Alex Taylor.

Come see the work of the University of Oregon School of Music and Dance Faculty along with works by the two graduate students mentioned above.

Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, 8 p.m.
Dougherty Dance Theatre
$5 student/senior, $10 general admission