WINDS (Band, Sax Choir, Flute Choir)

Bordello Nights (2016)

for wind ensemble featuring jazz band (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, electric guitar, electric bass, and drums)

Duration: approximately 18 minutes
PDF Conductor Score: $60

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Finalist, 2016 The American Prize

Fanfare magazine praised it as being a “terrific piece of big-band jazz.”

Recorded with the UNLV Wind Orchestra featuring:
Eric Marienthal, alto saxophone
Colin Gordon, soprano saxophone
Mitch Forman, piano
Kevin Axt, electric bass
Bernie Dresel, drums

In Bordello Nights, the tango-like rhythms throughout juxtaposed with the ensemble of jazz improvisers intertwined with a dark, film noir-like fabric paints a historical picture of the types of music that were often performed in bordellos in the early twentieth century.

According to The History Of Jazz by Ted Gioia, New Orleans jazz pianist Jelly Roll Morton (1840-1941) was hired to perform in these venues, which held a substantial place in the music business in the early 20th century: “More than any other major New Orleans jazz artist, Morton’s apprenticeship in the music business took place largely in the bordellos of Storyville (although Morton worked mainly in the white bordellos where few other jazz players could follow)…His great-grandmother expelled him from home when she learned of his activities in the District, and before long Morton started on the peripatetic freelancing that would occupy most of his life.” – Gioia, The History of Jazz

The composer Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) composed tango music for the concert hall with the mission to bring tango from bordellos to other venues. For example, his composition Histoire du Tango, specifically his first movement titled “Bordello, 1900,” brings to the concert hall music that was associated with bordellos in Buenos Aires.

Bordello Nights was commissioned by Tom Leslie and the UNLV Wind Orchestra for premiere March 10, 2016 at UNLV featuring Eric Marienthal (alto saxophone), Colin Gordon (soprano saxophone), Mitch Forman (piano), Kevin Axt (electric bass), and Bernie Dresel (drums).

A shortened version of Bordello Nights was composed for the UNLV Wind Orchestra performance at the Festival des Anches d’Azur in la Croix Valmer, France June 26, 2016:

Duration: 8 minutes
PDF Conductor Score: $30

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Querencia (2016)

for wind ensemble featuring vibraphone

Duration: 6 minutes
PDF Conductor Score: $25

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A recording will be available soon.

Commissioned by James Doyle and the Adams State University Wind Ensemble for premiere January 26, 2017 at the Colorado Music Educators Association Conference. The commission was funded by a grant that encourages art based on the culture of the San Luis Valley here in Colorado.


North Star: A Listener’s Guide to the Flute Choir (2016)

for flute choir and narrator (composition can also work without narrator)

Duration: 7 minutes
PDF Score: $20
PDF Parts: $15
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MIDI realization:

Commissioned by Sirocco Flutes and the Nevada Jackpot Grant
Composed late in 2016 “North Star” seeks to illuminate the ranges, timbres and sonorities of the five different size flutes via narration and musical nuance created by individual and group interaction.
Premiered Sunday, April 2, 2017 at Clark County Library, Las Vegas


Skylark Lullaby (2014)

for saxophone ensemble (3 soprano sax, 3 alto sax, 3 tenor sax, 3 baritone sax, 1 bass sax)

Duration: 11 minutes
PDF Score: $40

PDF Parts: $20

Selected for performance at the Seventeenth Biennial Festival of New Music at Florida State University
Winner of 2015 IAWM Judith Lang-Zaimont Prize
Semi-Finalist, 2015 The American Prize

Skylark Lullaby(2014) was written for the Eastman Saxophone Project, under the direction of Chien-Kwan Lin, and was premiered at the North American Saxophone Alliance (NASA) in March 2014.


Electric Vortex (2013)

for wind ensemble featuring a jazz combo (alto sax, tenor sax or trombone; electric guitar; electric bass; drums)

Here is the score and recording featuring tenor sax:

Duration: 7 minutes
PDF Conductor Score: $20

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This is a live recording from the performance by the Eastman Wind Ensemble under the direction of conductor Jared Chase.

Electric Vortex(2013) was written for consortium of 10 ensembles. I enjoy writing music for both jazz and classical musicians, and many of my compositions over the last three years have showcased these musicians performing together. When conductor Jared Chase approached me summer 2012 about writing a piece for both the Eastman Wind Orchestra and the Nazareth Wind Symphony to perform, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to write a piece for wind ensemble featuring the local jazz band, Bending and Breaking led by drummer Aaron Staebell. I envisioned writing a wind ensemble piece featuring Aaron’s band ever since he premiered my composition Uprising (2012) with the Eastman Wind Ensemble. Bending and Breaking features: Wills McKenna, tenor saxophone; Wendy Eisenberg, electric guitar; Matt Krol, electric bass; and Aaron Staebell, drums.Additional members who performed with Bending and Breaking for the Nazareth College premiere were: Jake Wark, tenor saxophone; Matt Bevan-Perkins, vibraphone; and Tori Valente, congas. I wrote Electric Vortex to showcase this collaboration.

Inspired by powerful images I found online of an electric vortex, I envisioned the improvisation group to be the ‘eye’ in this powerful whirlwind.

Electric Vortex was also performed at California State University East Bay featuring Mitch Butler on trombone. Here is a score with that instrumentation:

Duration: 7 minutes
PDF Conductor Score: $20

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Here is a score with instrumentation featuring alto sax:

Duration: 7 minutes
PDF Conductor Score: $20

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Uprising (2012)

for wind ensemble featuring jazz drumset

Duration: 10 minutes
PDF Conductor Score: $40

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Finalist, 2015 The American Prize

Uprising (2012) was premiered by the Eastman Wind Ensemble September 19,2012 under the direction of Mark Scatterday, featuring Aaron Staebell on drums. It is the wind ensemble version of my piece Overdrive for big band. The second performance was on March 3, 2013 by the University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Ensemble under the direction of James Miller, featuring Tom Giampietro on drum set.


Celestial Surroundings (2009)

for organ, brass sextet, and glockenspiel.

Duration: 7 minutes
PDF Score: $15

PDF Parts: $10
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Celestial Surroundings (2009) was premiered by organist Nicole Marane and brass players from the Atlanta Symphony at Peachtree United Methodist church in Atlanta, GA February 8. 2009.