Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra
Performed by the University of Southern California Thornton Symphony; Eric Guinivan, Percussion; conducted by Donald Crockett.
Since my earliest years as a percussionist, it had always been a dream of mine to compose and premiere a work for percussion solo and orchestra. I realized this dream when Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra was premiered in February 2008 by the University of Southern California Thornton Symphony under the direction of Donald Crockett. It has since been selected as a winner of the 2008 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and has upcoming performances in Oviedo, Spain (August 2010) and Seattle, Washington (May 2011).
Mie: Caprice for Eight Musicians
Performed by the University of Southern California New Music Ensemble; conducted by Case Scaglione.
Mie is a highly intense and emotional pose struck in traditional Japanese Kabuki theatre that signifies the height of tension and drama. A mie pose typically involves swinging the head, taking a large step forward, spreading the arms, and often, crossing the eyes. The actor strikes the pose and then freezes briefly, at which point all other actors on the stage also stop their movements; the full attention of the audience and actors alike is focused on the mie pose. Mie: Caprice for Eight Musicians is a piece of musicological fiction inspired by the capricious gestures and poses of Kabuki theatre. The influence of Kabuki is realized through moments of focus and repose intertwined with gestures that blossom slowly and others that flourish rapidly.