THREE NEW COMMISSIONS
I'm happy to report three new commissions are in the works. First, is a large 8 movement VESPERS work for chorus and piano. It is a work of consolation rooted in the Evensong and Vespers tradition using a mix of Latin and English texts. Duration 30'. If you're interested in the consortium commissioning this please contact me.
Second, is a consortium of high schools and colleges that are commissioning a new work for two percussion and band. Titled WU XING, it is inspired by the traditional Chinese concept of the five phases - metal, water, wood, fire, and earth. Written at the grade 3 level, premieres will begin next Spring 2016. Duration 8-10'
And last is a VIOLA CONCERTO being commissioned by a consortium organized by Dr. Matthew Schlomer, conductor at Interlochen Arts Academy. The work will be scored for viola, winds, and percussion and premiered at Interlochen in Spring 2017 with viola faculty member Renee Skerik. Duration 15-20' This consortium is just getting started and if you would like be involved please contact Dr. Schlomer at: email@example.com.
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for African Drums and Wind Ensemble
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This latest work had the first of 12 premieres at The University of Maryland on February 27, 2015 in a performance of the trilogy "Three Places in Jazz". The concert will feature Congo Square, along with its companion pieces Storyville and Minton's Playhouse. Because of the commissioning contract, it will be available to all next Spring 2016. Congo Square was commissioned by a consortium of 12 universities.
It begins by quoting an authentic Konkoba war dance in 3/4. The polyrhythms of the quartet grow in intensity. The middle section quotes Salangadou, an old Creole song about a mother in search of her abducted child. Near the end of the work an early jazz style song emerges in a stomp style as the drummer plays a traditional New Orleans "Second Line" style groove, both of which suggest the new music that will eventually grow out of Congo Square. These three musics - the African drums, a Creole song, and early jazz styles - overlap and sound at the same time to produce the emotional zenith of the work. From the point-of-view of the past, we hear that past, its present, and future music simultaneously. My hope is that it will produce a reflective moment that gives the listener a deeper understanding of the multi-layered realities of Congo Square. Duration 12'
OF SAINT ANTHONY
for Chorus and Winds
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On March 25, 2014 the Texas A&M University Commerce premiered this new work for chorus and winds titled The Temptation of Saint Anthony at the beautiful Meyerson Symphony Hall in Dallas. The work was commissioned by the music department of Texas A&M University Commerce, Phillip Clements, Director of Bands and Randall Hooper, Director of Choral Activities.
Many thanks to the 180 singers of the combined choruses of Texas A&M University Commerce Chorale & Singers, (Randall Hooper, Conductor), Kilgore College Chorale (Jim Taylor, Conductor), Richland College Chamber Singers (Michael Crawford, Conductor), and the Tarrant County College Northeast Chorale (Bobbie Douglas, Conductor) and the Texas A&M University Commerce wind ensemble led by Phillip Clements.
Anthony of Egypt (251-356) was a 3rd century hermit, saint, and father of monasticism in the early church. His life and account of being tempted and tormented in the Egyptian desert were popularized through the first hand account of Athanasius (296-373) in his book The Life of Antony. Anthony’s dramatic and supernatural reports of temptation and torment have been a source of inspiration for visual artists and writers from the 10th century to the present. The six musical sections of this work are titled by phrases I found memorable from my reading of The Life of Antony (trans. Robert Gregg, Athanasius, Paulist Press). By avoiding a direct depiction of his experiences, I’ve approached the Temptation of St. Anthony as an analogy for the process of temptation - approach, doubt, temptation, torment, relief, and joy. The music is filled with drama, sensuality, horror, and strangely enough, joy. Duration 17'
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