Evolving work, pieces added as they're completed
Colorprints is a personal platform for producing short, electronic musical ideas. These ideas are experimental and most importantly, they're an incredible amount of fun for me to write. They're like musical drawings. Sketches.
Electronic Composition, 2016
Mosaic incorporates electronic sounds, hindu rhythms and symmetrical modes into a diverse sequence of sonic colors – Mosaic is music for music's sake, abstract, with a focus on rhythmic, harmonic and formal freedom.
The three primary ideas in Mosaic are (1) my love for Messiaen's incredible writings on music theory and art, (2) my love for color, abstract art and (3) my experience with creating music digitally. Once I decided that the piece was going to be digital only, the possibilities for how I was going to express 'a sequence of sonic colors' all of a sudden became unlimited.
Whenever I look, listen or watch a piece of art, the quality that strikes me the most is the piece's ability to create its own world. A piece which can create its own world can move through time and stay whole while the world around it changes. Mosaic is born out of simple love for composition and it's a step closer to that wholeness.
The cover art is a photo of a mosaic created by Gaudi, in Barcelona.
Rhythm and Color
Electronic Composition, 2015
The primary aesthetic aspiration of the work is driven by Messiaen's unparalleled illustrations and teachings on the subject of rhythm and color. He often mentioned colors in the works of Max Ernst, Felix Labisse and, especially (my favorite) Robert Delaunay -- the conceptual foundation is rooted in Messiaen's "torrents of color."
Personally, this work represents a going back to my musical beginnings. When I started writing music back in high school, I composed to create something that was my own. Having spent four years working frantically as a freelance composer, and since moving to a more stable, non-musical day-job -- it feels incredible to go back to the beginning, and compose only to create.
Characters for Chamber Orchestra
Premiered by Inscape Chamber Orchestra on May 18th, 2014
The music is built structurally and thematically as a collage. The themes, or characters, are short, playfully twisted ideas that are developed throughout the work into ever-changing textures. To be premiered by Inscape on May 18th.
Seed for String Orchestra
Recorded by Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra
Character for Solo Cello
Premiered by Tim Thulson on June 8th, 2014
Atlas Performing Arts Center, Wash. D.C.
Three Dances for Piano
Three Dances were inspired by Messiaen's Analyses of the Piano Works of Maurice Ravel and Tome VI of Treatise on Rhythm, Color and Ornithology, which is dedicated entirely to analysis of Debussy's music -- the first two of Messiaen's books I came across.
Callot, Jascques. The Dance. c. 1622. etching. French, 1592-1635. National Gallery of Art.