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Short works for piano:

An ever-growing list of short pieces for solo piano.

Solace 2008

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Thaw 2011

An Afternoon moment 2011

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Lullaby for the Child Within 2016

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Merci Sophie 2003

A short piece written for a friend as a thank you note for letting me stay with her in Paris. (0:57)

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Piano Sonata in E flat Major 2003

A short piece in sonata-allegro form, inspired by the sonatas of Scarlatti (6:03)

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Piano Sonata in D flat Major 2004

A short piece in sonata-allegro form, inspired by the sonatas of Scarlatti (3:51)

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Piano Sonata in C Major 2004

A short piece in sonata-allegro form, inspired by the sonatas of Scarlatti (4:14)

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Cipher Variations 2013

For piano and spoken word

This piece explores the relationships between words, music, and meaning. The piece was written at a time when translation software was much less accurate than today. A spoken word excerpt from Felix Mendelssohn, which has been translated to English with one software, the result then translated into another language with a different software, then back to English with another software, then to another language. The process is repeated, and the translation degrades with each successive translation. The words fade into a theme and variations, of a Mendelssohn Songs Without Words.

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Variations on an Original Theme 2007

For piano (9:53)

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Flying Away 2007

For piano (2:21)

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orchestra

Beethoven 6.1, A Dystopian Pastorale 2014

Beethoven 6.1 is a project that was created to bring together musicians and other artists in the common goal of using art to:

  • Raise funds for environmental groups, and communities affected by climate change, resource extraction, mining/industrial spills, etc.
  • Show the communal and environmental impact of environmental abuse and destruction
  • Raise awareness of the destructiveness of unregulated or minimally regulated capitalism and the pitfalls of the commodification of everything

This work is a reimagining of Beethoven’s original landscape, altered to reflect the current sounds of environmental abuse and destruction.

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In this video, Michael Evans shares a detailed description of his work, Beethoven 6.1, A Dystopian Pastorale

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Dance

For orchestra (2:04)

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Reunion 2021

For orchestra (7:23)

Composed to celebrate our return to social life post-Covid, the music begins at, and emerges from our experiences during lockdown, including the isolation and self reflection that was a major part of our world at that time For musicians, one of the biggest impacts of the pandemic was not being able to play together. Without being able to play together, there was no need to tune instruments to one another, and that is where the piece begins.

The opening sound is the oboe playing a tuning “A”, essentially a call to others, with no response. The members of the orchestra begin playing individually, unaware of the other players, while quotes about isolation are read. When the players realize they are not alone, they begin playing the “A” together.

A contrapuntal section in which the players and their respective sections begin introducing themselves and their characters, follows; like a group gathering where everyone becomes reacquainted. Once all the instruments have entered, they embark on a set of variations based on the drinking song, “Whisky in the Jar”.

The players and their respective sections within the orchestra are reintroduced, imitating the initial contrapuntal introduction, this time, in a salsa inspired variation. Whereas the initial entry of the players was chaotic, reflecting our initial awkwardness at coming together after isolation, the salsa variation is a dance, expressing our comfort in functioning within a group and finding our rhythm or groove again.

The piece concludes with music associated with some of the various celebrations and life events that were missed during lockdown: birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc.

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Nocturne with Sunrise 2007

For orchestra (7:34)

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The Adventures of Florian 2017

For orchestra (1:44:05)

This multimedia project is a fairy tale featuring a transgender hero and a gay prince. It represents LGBT characters in a positive light, and teaches the difference between gender identity and sexual orientation. The piece is scored for full orchestra, performed by the Janacek Philharmonic Ostrava and features the stunning illustrations of Apolline Etienne. Don’t forget to follow her on Facebook

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THE ADVENTURES OF FLORIAN
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The Haunted Palace 2009

For orchestra (23:14)

Based on the Edgar Allan Poe poem, and used as a metaphor for the decline of the U.S. during the George W. Bush administration.

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concerto

Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 2009

For piano and orchestra (27:00)

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Misery 2014

Anti-concerto for bassoon and orchestra (40:00)

This work is based on Anton Chekhov’s short story of the same name. The plot revolves around a Russian sled driver, (represented by the bassoon), whose son has recently died. The piece utilizes what is usually perceive of as a weakness in the bassoon: it’s ability to get swallowed up by the orchestra. The soloist must hold a single pitch for several minutes or longer multiple times throughout the work, using an incredibly difficult technique called circular breathing. This represents the idea that; when in the midst of grief, sometimes the most difficult thing to do is to stay present and keep breathing, even though it appears that the person is doing nothing, or fading into the background.

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small ensemble

2 Poems by Carl Sandburg 2014

(9 to 10 minutes)

These are musical interpretations of 2 Sandburg poems: “Lost” scored for: flute, clarinet, and vibraphone, and “Dreams in the Dusk”, scored for: violin, viola, and cello. This piece is essentially an extended cello solo with violin and viola playing tremolo throughout, (representing the dusk).

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5 Variations on Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier 2008

for cello and piano (4:05)

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All Aboard 2022

for clarinet, viola, cello, and piano (5:42)
This is a short work that is meant to evoke images of rail travel.

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Into the Woods 2014

for flute, oboe, bassoon, percussion, harp, and strings (6:22)

This is a dance from an early attempt at a ballet. It is a dance to celebrate a festival where young people would go into the woods at night and seek a mate.

Performances:
Carnegie Hall, 04-15-2018
Subotičkoj Filharmoniji, Serbia 12-12-2019

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Sunshower 2007

for flute and piano (2:17)

The Prince Charming 2017

for flute, horn, bassoon, violin, viola, cello, piano, soprano 70:00

An English translation of the Renée Vivien’s famous lesbian love story serves as the libretto for this opera for solo soprano and chamber ensemble.

The Story of an Hour 2016

for oboe, clarinet, horn, cello, percussion, marimba, piano (23:00)

A composition based on a short story by Kate Chopin.

Trio No. 2 2007

for flute, cello, piano (19:44)
Inspired by walks along the Potomac and tow path of the canal

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string quartet

String Quartet 1, The Music of Erich Zann 2015

for string quartet (1:10:57)

This work is based on the H. P. Lovecraft story, and specifically composed for electric string quartet. Looper, octaver, and reverb pedals are combined alternately with traditional acoustic playing to convey the otherworldly sounds described in the story.

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String Quartet 1, The Music of Erich Zann
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opera

A Fine Agitation 2018-2021

(2:40:00) The title for this work, an opera in 2 acts, is derived from one of Susan B. Anthony’s letters to Elizabeth Cady Stanton, regarding her voting in an election on November 5th 1872. In it she states, “we are in for a fine agitation on the question”.

Scheduled for recording in November of 2022, the first act is based on Susan B. Anthony’s letters and journal entries regarding her voting, subsequent arrest, and trial.

The original and complete trial transcript of the trial serves as the libretto for Act 2 of this work.

spoken word

13 Seconds 2019

for spoken word with audience participation (duration: indefinite)

This work was created as a way to acknowledge and confront the words of hate, bigotry, and intolerance, and dissolve them with the music of love. The inspiration for the piece was the chants of “send her back” that occurred at a campaign rally on July 17, 2019, and the sexist and homophobic text messages of the Governor of Puerto Rico.

It is a piece that can be performed anywhere, by any group, without the need for specialized musical training or equipment. The concept is simple: by chanting or speaking the hateful words, we acknowledge that they and the hate exist. It is only through accepting the problem, (in this case, the existence of hate) that we can then resolve it.

The resolution comes in the form of singing the word “Love”. Although the chanting is performed only by the performing group, the singing of the word “Love” incorporates the audience as well, to represent the concept that love is universal and more powerful than hate. The words only last for 13 seconds each, while the singing continues for at least 2 minutes and 49 seconds, (13×13) and possibly indefinitely, since love should be limitless.