"Kin"

Essay for Orchestra

 

I composed this piece when I was given the opportunity to have an original orchestral work read at the Juilliard School.  Beginning with a piano reduction, I sketched out a progression of chords that would serve as the work’s general framework, and assigned them amongst the strings.  The progression used largely stepwise motion and resolution providing a near melodic, yet modern, tonality.  The work is divided into sections by passing the melody between groups of instruments, providing variations in dramatic depth and timbral color.

 

"A Revolution of the End"

for Flute, Violin and Piano

 

This trio is part of a soundtrack I created for the game, "Rosenstrasse" (game design by Moyra Turkington and Jessica Hammer, visual design by Xin Tu). 

Using an irregular harmonic language—built of chords derived from infrequently repeating intervals—I created the structure to take advantage of the flute and violin’s shared melodic range, combining and crossing them to interesting effect.  

This recording features friends and fellow composers Anne Dearth (flute), Chad Cannon (violin) and Mitsuyo Kurihara (piano).

 

"Bombardier"

for Solo Piano

 

An industrial, deliberate, often combative, sweet, indifferent and angular dialogue, the work for solo piano developed out of a simple love for the sound of the lowest D played on the piano.