"Drina y Carmelo"
Violin, Bassoon, Piano, Percussion
"Drina y Carmelo," like my "Luisa y Alejandro," was inspired by my time as concertmaster in an Argentine Tango orchestra, and the many Tango Nuevo pieces I fell in love with during my undergrad.
"Your Little Boy" for String Quartet (2018) was commissioned by the Nightingale String Quartet of the University of Nevada, Reno. The performance here is a recording of the Converge String Quartet at the University of Michigan.
The title of the piece, Night Nihilism, was inspired by the many moods and thoughts, swarming, which tend to occur only at night. Through a wall of dissonance, the many violas war for prominence.
Flute, Clarinet, Percussion, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass
The story of Luisa and Alejandro.
Inspired by my many years performing as concertmaster of an Argentine Tango orchestra, and an exploration—for the string players—in the extended techniques required of Tango orchestras.
My masters thesis. Performed by members of the prismatx ensemble in Austin, TX.
"Moonrise" for Clarinet Quintet*
Clarinet, and String Quartet
*This recording is from its premiere. Since then, it has seen a number of edits.
Piano, Vibraphone/Crotales, Electric Bass, Violin I, Violin II
(5:30); 2016; Wind Ensemble
"Koliadka" for Wind Ensemble was premiered at the "Pale Blue." Winter Wind Ensemble Special Event 2016 in Austin, TX.
This piece was inspired by a koliadka — a Ukrainian Christmas carol. The one I chose tells of how three doves created the world. There are many different versions of this koliadka, and ethnomusicologists date its creation back to more than one thousand years ago (a version has been documented in the Chronicles of the Kyivan Rus’ state from the tenth century AD).
The inspiration to use some sort of folk song (which led to my choosing a koliadka) was itself inspired by another inspiration of mine: the Shigir Idol. The Shigir Idol is the most ancient wooden sculpture in the world, made during the Mesolithic period, having been carved around 11,000 years ago. It is currently displayed in the Sverdlovsk Regional Museum of Local Lore in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
(2:40); 2013; Violin, Symbolic Sound Kyma (sound design language)
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