I recently performed two interesting solo trombone works at Miller Theatre at Columbia University -- Berio's Sequenza V and Francesconi's Animus I. The NYT covered the concert in this review.
Ballet Austin II: Season of Innocence
I wrote the score for the new Ballet Austin II production of Season of Innocence, an inspired retelling of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.
Nick Kepley created the breathtaking choreography and the talented videographer Farid Zarrinabadi made the video. You can watch the video here.
I wrote a piece for trombones, didgeridoos, and sine waves for the James Turrell Skyspace at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. Commissioned by the Artosphere Festival, the premiere was June 21st at dusk on the Summer Solstice.
Here is the trailer.
I'll be Artist-in-Residence at the Asian Arts Initiative in Philadelphia. I'll working with their Social Practice Lab, which focuses on "Philadelphia’s Chinatown North as a dynamic neighborhood site for local and national artists to explore contemporary visual and performing arts that forge alliances to encourage neighborhood development and positive change within the community."
Our next SoundSpace program at the Blanton Museum is an exploration of unusual timbre and the novel processes used to create it. Featured are a premiere by Travis Weller and his consort of hand crafted instruments, Sam Cusumano of Electricity for Progress / Data Garden, Dan Lippel of the acclaimed International Contemporary Ensemble, Chris Cogburn, curator of the No Idea Festival, and bassist extraordinaire Damon Smith.
Installation at Austin City Hall
Recycled Sounds is a project that creates novel, recycled instruments and installs them in unexpected public places. Over a series of workshops with students and faculty from Austin SoundWaves, we explored improvisation, composition, and acoustics. The project culminated with a downtown performance and several large-scale instrument installations in collaboration with Travis Weller and Jebney Lewis. These instruments will be on display for the next thirty days at the the Austin City Hall Parking Garage. Austin American Statesman article Austin 360 video
Austin Critics' Table Award
SoundSpace won the Austin Critics' Table Award, thanks to the many musicians and artists that performed. Stay tuned for the next show on Oct 21st, which will feature Henry Brant's mesmerizing work, Orbits, for 80 trombones, organ, and soprano.