Residency at Eastern Michigan University and “Songs of Informality #4”

This past Monday I was a guest at Eastern Michigan University.  In December, EMU saxophone student AJ Pratt commissioned me to compose a piece for alto sax and fixed media. On Monday he gave a stellar premier of Lament for alto sax and fixed media. His quartet also gave a wonderful performance my piece A Dance Not To Be Danced To. The saxophone studio at EMU are definitely friends of new music. Thanks to AJ and Woody Chenoweth for having me!

Speaking of friends of new music, I found another ally yesterday. Dr. Casey Robards, the professor of collaborative piano at Central Michigan University, has commissioned me to write her a piece for piano duet. We had a long chat yesterday, throwing around ideas and discussing the state of contemporary classical music. I am very honored to have someone of her caliber interested in my music. Stay tuned for updates on this project!

Last order of business- here is a recording of my piece Songs of Informality #4 performed by Trio Insurgent.