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August 13-16
Parma Recordings is coordinating their release of Pendulum (SCI CD 28), which includes my chamber piece NARCISSUS/echo, with the PARMA Music Festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The four-day festival features a host of events, including a CD release party and a performance of my Of Three Minds performed by the commanding Aliana de la Guardia and Lisa Leong with me assisting at the computer.

October 16-18
Mutations, through selection from an international call-for-scores, will receive a performance by new music specialist Craig Hultgren, with me assisting at the computer, at the 2014 Electronic Music Midwest Festival at Lewis University.

November 11
In March of this year I learned that my song cycle Of Three Minds, scored for soprano, piano, and computer, received a prestigious Suzanne and Lee Ettelson Composer's Award. As part of the award Composers, Inc. will host my computer and me in Berkeley, California for a performance of the cycle with the dynamic Amy Foote and Vicki Neve.

November 27
I am currently writing music for a portrait concert at the Alte Schmiede in Vienna, Austria. Split between music for the concert hall and music for the screen, this evening will feature six of my compositions with performances by Kaoko Amano, Lisa Leong, Maiken Beer and Mac N. Tosh.

Spring 2015
Collide-O-Scope Music has invited me to participate in Waking in Altamira, a large-scale collaborative concept production inspired in part by Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams and supported by the Ditson Foundation.

Recent
Diptych, a portrait CD featuring five of my chamber compositions and the talents of Boston Musica Viva, the Clayton State Chorale, Sonic Generator, Jacob Greenberg, Lisa Leong, and Amy Williams, is now available from Beauport Classical.
 
By invitation of faculty composers Virko Baley and Diego Vega, I had the pleasure of visiting UNLV this past December as an Artist-in-Residence. Over a four-day period, my activities included performances of Mutations and Of Three Minds with UNLV faculty Michelle Latour, Timothy Hoft, and Andrew Smith, a presentation on my music and compositional philosophy, and applied lessons for UNLV composition students.

Oh, Popeye!, written for the Bent Frequency Duo Project, featured prominently in the Duo's 2014 tour, receiving 12 performances, including the Tage aktueller Musik in Nuremberg, Germany, the Interactive Arts Performance Series at NYU, and the Unruly Music Festival at UW-Milwaukee, among others.

Jan Müller-Szeraws, for whom the piece was written, gave several Northeastern premieres (Massachusetts, Maine, and New York), and encore performances of my Mutations, for cello and computer, with me assisting at the computer, during the 2013-24 concert season. In the same season, Craig Hultgren and I gave the Southeastern premiere in Atlanta for the neoPhonia Concert Series at Georgia State.

Virtuoso Scott Pool continued to champion my Blur, scored for solo bassoon and written for Scott.  He gave 9 performances of the piece during the 2013/14 concert season, culminating in the California premiere at the Festival of New American Music, hosted by Sacramento State.
 
In March of 2014 I travelled to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for the 2014 SCI Region VIII Conference which featured the premiere of This Life Glowed, an expansive work for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble, by soloists Erik Steighner, Jamie Rottle, Brady McCowan, Minna Stelzner, and the University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble conducted by Gerard Morris.
 
Matt Gillespie (Alia Musica Pittsburgh) gave his second performance and the New York premiere of my Icarus, for piano solo, at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn.
 
My colleague David Harris conducted multiple performances of my Three Psalms (SATB) by the Holy Cross Chamber Singers.  These are not easy pieces to perform, and the students really stepped up. Hats off!

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