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Prophets for Virtual Choir (Fall 2020)
Written in memory of two beloved friends and fellow Austin musicians who were killed in a highway accident while on tour in 2016. Original setting for SATB choir using text from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. The video features 32 singers from 7 different states and the UK.
Loud Songs Five new "one-man quartet" instrumental pieces, this time inspired by my love of heavy music and sweet riffs. Written and recorded in June/July 2020 at Beardhaüs in Austin, TX.
Two collections of instrumental pieces for "one-man quartet", where I'm playing drums, bass, guitar, and piano, while also acting as recording engineer, editor, and mixer. The idea original idea here was this: in late 2018, some friends asked me to house-sit and watch their dogs over a long weekend. They had a nice piano, so I decided to use the time (and piano) to quickly compose and record some cool instrumental stuff that ranges in style from funk to surfy-waltz. The second volume was completed over a week at the Wee Hoose artist's retreat in Alpine, TX, in spring of 2019, and gets ever broader in genre.
In addition to six original instrumental compositions, I've also included a cover song written by my dear pal Mitchell Vandenburg and a co-write with my neighbor/brother Ben Ballinger
Indie Orchestra Night Panoramic Voices / Carson McHone. (Spring 2016)
Full orchestra & choir arrangements written to accompany Austin songwriter Carson McHone and her band. Selections include "Desert", "Only Lovers", and "Sad".
Tambour Brutale for timpani solo & soundtrack. (Fall 2014)
Commissioned by Morgan Minor, to be performed at her senior percussion recital at Northern Kentucky University in spring 2015.
Nu-Timba for multi percussion solo & soundtrack. (Summer 2014)
Commissioned by Alex Hisle, to be performed at his senior percussion recital at Northern Kentucky University in spring 2015.
The Great Gate of Kiev
for french horn quartet. (Spring 2013)
My arrangement of an excerpt from Mussorgsky'sPictures at an Exhibition. Written at the request of a teaching colleague, to be used as the bridal entrance music at her wedding.
Entrance of The Gods into Valhalla
for french horn quartet. (Spring 2013)
My arrangement of an excerpt from Wagner's Das Rheingold. Written at the request of a teaching colleague, to be used as the groom entrance music at her wedding.
Sweetly Turning Sour
for bassoon duet and extremely inconsiderate audience. (Fall 2012)
Commissioned by Bill Jobert and Nora Snow on behalf of the Wright State University Bassoon Studio. Debut performance scheduled for November 17, 2012, and will be included in the Wright State Double Reed Festival in December 2012.
Three or Maybe Four?
for multi-percussion trio and soundtrack. (Summer 2012)
Commissioned by Colleen Schabell for her senior recital at Northern Kentucky University. Debut performance on November 18, 2012.
Festival of Light
for concert band. (Fall 2011)
A medley of traditional Chanukah music, commissioned by the Boone County High School Wind Ensemble. Excerpts from: Oy Chanukah, Hevenu Shalom, Ner Li, The Dreidel Song, Light One Candle, & Ma'oz Tsur.
Return of the Son of Leroy Salisbury for solo multi-percussion and soundtrack. (Fall 2010)
Composed for my senior percussion recital, this piece was premiered on April 6, 2011, in Greaves Concert Hall at Northern Kentucky University. Dedicated to my old basset hound, Leroy Salisbury.
Piano Sonata No.1 in C Major for Solo Piano. (Fall 2008)
This piece was my final project for a music theory course at NKU.
St. James Infirmary Blues for Jazz Ensemble. (Spring 2011)
My arrangement of a traditional blues tune. Commissioned by the Colerain High School Band in Cincinnati, OH.
Math for 11 for Mixed Ensemble. (Fall 2007)
This piece was written as a final project for a math class at NKU. The assignment was to take one or more mathematical concepts, and convey the idea in a creative way.
Some of the math within the piece includes the Fibonacci sequence (found in the rhythm of the opening phrase, as well as interval relationships between pitches in several melodic lines), prime numbers (number of instruments, rhythmic motives), and chaos theory (ending phrase).