Khorikos 2015 ORTUS International New Music Competition Winner
I’m pleased that my work Shirei Shirawas selected as one of nine winners of this competition. The outstanding ensemble Khorikos will perform all the winning works in NYC on June 27th (details soon here). You can listen to a recording of the winning work by C4: the Choral Composer/Conductor Collective.
POLYPHONOS National Composer Prize
I’m honored to have won the 2014-2015 POLYPHONOS Composition Competition, in the National Composer category. This anonymous competition is held by The Esoterics, directed by Eric Banks, and will result in the commission of a new work to be premiered by the vocal ensemble in October, 2015, in Seattle. I look forward to working with this talented and committed group of musicians.
Reflections on Espionage wins Boston Metro Opera Merit Award
Awarded to “works that demonstrate unusual content, a unique voice, and/or distinctive compositional talent,” this honor involves performances by Boston Metro Opera, dates tba. Below is a performance of the winning work by myself and the Pur ti Miro Quartet at Imaginary Timescapes, a concert of my music in 2013, in a version for voice and string quartet:
Choral Works Published by See•A•Dot
See•A•Dot Music Publishing Inc., a boutique publisher focusing on contemporary choral music, recently published two of my choral works: Saguaro and Maskil of David (version for women’s chorus or SSA trio). Additional versions of Maskil of David for mixed chorus and men’s chorus are forthcoming. I’m looking forward to working with See-a-Dot’s founder Fahad Siadat, who is championing exciting new music for choirs.
Opera-in-Progress The Hat Previewed by Opera On Tap: New Brew
The scene from The Hat was highlighted in a review on the blog Travalanche. NYC’s Opera On Tap presented this scene on their New Brew series at Barbès on Friday, April 4, 2014, featuring the singers Alison Cheeseman, Seth Gilman, Alex Guerrero, and Anne Hiatt; pianist Amir Khosrowpour; and myself as guest conductor. The Hat imagines the meeting of Hannah Arendt and Martin Heidegger. I’m collaborating on this project with the librettist Zsuzsanna Ardó, on whose short play (which received stellar reviews) the opera is based.
Confessions from the Blogosphere wins the New York Virtuoso Singers Choral Composition Competition
The New York Virtuoso Singers performed the piece at Merkin Hall <details here>. Hear a performance of the winning work by a vocal quartet (Phillip Cheah, Suzanne Schwing, Dennis Tobenski and myself) at Imaginary Timescapes, a concert of my works on Feb. 16, 2013, below: