About 'Spandrels': "From the
delicate tones of the work’s opening onward we find ourselves
in a different sound world to that of the preceding
music. The score is both modernist and romantic in tone
displaying throughout the performance complex rhythms, rapid
passagework and tonal purity as well as superb ensemble. The
audience was duly appreciative... it was by far the longest
and most rewarding segment of a short but substantial evening
of new music." ~Gerard Fisher, Chicago Classical Review
About 'Prelude and Scherzo': "Brooding,
apprehensive, atmospheric cinematics built matter-of-factly to
an anguished flute cadenza, then backed away and the process
repeated itself; the Scherzo cleverly took the wary
introductory theme and disguised it with a jaunty bounce which
the group built to an unexpectedly triumphant ending."
~Alan Young, Lucid Culture NY
"Taylor’s Watercolors (also a New York premiere) launched spaciously and dreamily and then vaccillated for awhile before being pulled out of the ether with considerable, welcome oomph by flutist Jessie Nucho, oboist Perry Maddox, clarinetist David Valbuena, french hornist Kalyn Jang and bassoonist Tyler Austin." ~Alan Young, Lucid Culture NY
Welcome to my website. Thank you for your interest in my music!
June 9, 2014: I'm proud to announce that 'Chiaroscuro', for chamber orchestra, has been the recipient of the a 2014 BMI Student Composer Award and the William Schuman Prize.
February 6, 2014: Doyle Armbrust, madly talented violist of Spektral Quartet, interviewed colleague Igor Santos and me ahead of their performances of our works at Constellation this weekend. You can check out the first part of the interview on Spektral Quartet's blog.
February 5, 2014: New audio for a new piece: after a successful premiere with 'Inside the Composer's Studio, I've attached a live recording of my new duo 'Apparitions of Snow' for violin and viola. Chicagoans who missed that concert will have another chance to hear it as part of Spektral Quartet's upcoming concert at Constellation on Sunday, February 9th. More details can be found on the Performances page.
July 2, 2013: After far too much procrastination, the Listening section of the site has finally been revamped! Composition titles now lead directly to information about pieces as well as full recordings. Complete performances of 'Metamorphosis' and 'Prelude and Scherzo' are now available instead of samples. In addition, more recent performances of 'Incandescence' and 'Spandrels' have now been added. Go check them out on the Compositions page!
April 2, 2013: This
week, I will be collaborating with the Dutch-based ensemble Duo
X (Naomi Sato, shō, and Laura Carmichael, clarinet/bass
clarinet) who are in town for a weeklong residency at U Chicago,
culminating in a concert on Saturday, April 6th. We will be
workshopping and rehearsing my newest (and shortest) piece,
'Hāgâ' for shō and bass clarinet, in preparation for the
concert. More info about the group can be found on
their website. In addition, check out Duo X in this stunning video
playing Ken Ueno's 'Two believers, on opposite sides of the same
ocean, transcribing the same sky, at the same time, one at
sunset, the other at sunrise' for clarinet and shō. Ueno's music
will also be featured on this concert, as will works by my
colleagues Andrés Carrizo, Yuan-Chen Li and Francisco Castillo
February 12, 2013: News on some upcoming premieres in the Chicago area can be found on the Performances page. My newest work, 'Spandrels' for string quartet and percussion, will be debuted by both of U Chicago's dazzling in-house quartets. It will receive a partial debut (the second movement, for strings alone) on February 16th by the Spektral Quartet, while the full premiere is slated for May 10th with Pacifica Quartet and percussionist Doug Perkins.