The UNLV Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dave Loeb, premiered my composition Seattle Skies in April at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. This is one of three versions of the piece: There is one version that has woodwind doublings, and the other is for bass clarinet, marimba, bass, and drums. Here is a video recording from the premiere.
Monday night, May 4, 2015 I conducted my composition Out of the Shadows (2012, orig. titled “Splash”) at the UNLV NEXTET concert. It was such a wonderful experience working with my musicians on the piece, and they played beautifully!
I’m excited to share that my composition Out of the Shadows (orig. titled Splash (2012)) this Monday, May 4th, 2015 in Doc Rando Recital Hall at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as part of the final NEXTET concert of the season! Also on the program is a piece for violin and viola by my colleague, composer Joshua Fishbein, a piece by student composer G Liu, and two pieces by composer-in-residence Michael Hersch.
Out of the Shadows was written for jazz trumpet, string quartet, vibraphone, piano, bass, and drums. Here is a list of the performers:
Jorge Machain, trumpet
Sammi Ciarlo, violin I
Tammy Hung, violin II
David Chavez, viola
Lindsay Johnson, cello
Caleb Pickering, vibraphone
Otto Ehling, piano
Summer Kodama, bass
Colin Woodford, drums
I feel so fortunate to have such talented musicians playing my piece!
I had the pleasure of attending the Las Vegas Philharmonic concert last night at the Smith Center with my friend composer Michael Torke. Under the direction of conductor Donato Cabrera, the concert featured pianist Joyce Yang who performed the Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, and two other pieces: John Adams’ The Chairman Dances (Foxtrot for Orchestra), and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, Op. 64.
Before and after the concert, we grabbed drinks and snacks at Mundo restaurant. I had so much fun catching up with Michael, meeting pianist Joyce Yang and conductor Donato Cabrera for the first time, and also re-connecting with friends who played in the orchestra.
Photo with composer Michael Torke
The UNLV Jazz Ensemble 1 gave a beautiful performance of my composition Seattle Skies at the jazz ensemble concert April 22, 2015 in the Black Box Theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The concert also featured UNLV trumpet artist Allen Vizzutti who played with all three UNLV jazz ensembles that evening. I was very happy to have the opportunity to conduct my piece that evening, and grateful to receive such positive responses after the performance. I will post a video recording soon, but in the meantime, here are some photos from the concert!
Today, I finally finished my new composition Bordello Nights for wind orchestra featuring a small jazz ensemble (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, piano, bass, and drums). The piece was commissioned by Tom Leslie for a premiere by the UNLV wind orchestra (University of Nevada, Las Vegas.) I’m very excited to introduce the piece at the wind orchestra readings in a couple of weeks!
On Wednesday April 8th at 8PM, the Eastman New Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Dave Rivello premiered new big band piece Seattle Skies along with a revised version of my first big band piece Overdrive. This version of Seattle Skies is scored for woodwind doublings and features Colin Gordon on soprano saxophone. I wish I could have been there to hear the performances live – they did an amazing job!
And, finally, here are some fun photos of all of us from the weekend: At the Max Richter concert and at brunch selecting the photos!