eighth blackbird performing Hand Eye

eighth blackbird tours Hand Eye in its 2015-16 season
(photo credit: Krista Schlueter)


  • I had an exciting and fulfilling time out in L.A. for the premiere of Ripple the Sky, on L.A.'s first 21c Liederabend installment at Disney Hall. Hoping to make a recording of the piece with Theo Bleckmann soon.
  • Things have been busy for Sleeping Giant. We recently had two New York premieres of  big projects--Hand Eye for eighth blackbird and Ash for cellist Ashley Bathgate. Here's a Times article that discusses both and our collective in general; and here's a review of the Hand Eye show at Carnegie. It was a blast to see the output of the work we've all done! Check the "events" page for more performances of each piece.
  • I've received a grant from Chamber Music America to work with Mobius Percussion. Excited to have my first percussion quartet be for these guys!
  • I recently finished a piece in two parts for The Living Earth Show, which will be part of their evening-length ballet "Do Be."  They've played each part a few times now, but the premiere of the full ballet arrives in August 2016--in the meantime, check out this crazy promo photo:
Living Earth - Do Be
  • Silver Threads was featured on Q2's "Best of 2014: New Music" show at the Greene Space. The album has also received some end-of-the-year love from NewMusicBox and WNYC, and we had a couple great performances of the cycle at Portland's 3rd Angle last April. 
Silver Threads album cover
  • The Carmina Slovenica Choir performed Stabat Mater Dolorosa as part of their show Toxic Psalms on the 2015 Prototype Festival in New York. The Slovenian group had previously performed my work a bunch abroad, and it was a thrill to finally get to hear them live. See the New Yorker preview, and the Times preview and review.
prototype logo
  • Mellissa sang selections from Silver Threads at her recital on Lincoln Center's American Songbook series last March--kudos to Mellissa for the great LC debut!
Am Songbook
  • I spoke about contemporary electronic music on NPR's Here and Now--check out the story here.




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