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Spring 2015
Saturday, Jan. 31, 17th Biennial Festival of New Music, FSU College of Music
Selected from a submission pool of over 1,100 entries, my song cycle, Of Three Minds, scored for soprano, piano, and laptop, received its Southeastern premiere with a performance by FSU faculty Marcía Porter and Joel Hastings at the FSU 17th Biennial Festival of New Music.

Thursday, March 12, Artist-in-Residence Concert, College of the Holy Cross
My colleague Jan Müller-Szeraws and I will give the US premiere of my score to Eve Heller's film Creme 21 at College of the Holy Cross in February. Written for electric cello and laptop, the score is one of three works commissioned by the Alte Schmiede for my recent portrait concert.

March 19 and 21, Diagonale Film Festival, Graz, Austria
Video 65, a visualization by video artist Dextro.org of an electroacoustic track I wrote on commission for the Alte Schmiede, will receive two screenings at the Diagonale Film Festival.

May 9, Echofluxx 15, Czech Republic
Video 65 (Dextro /Arrell), selected from an international call-for-submissions, receives its Czech premiere at Echofluxx 15, a festival of new media, visual art, and experimental music produced by Efemera of Prague.

Friday, June 5, Tenri Cultural Institute
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.

Wednesday, June 24, New York City Electronic Music Festival
The exquisite new music cellist Madeleine Shapiro and I perform my Mutations.

Sunday, July 26, Melbourne International Animation Festival
Video 65 Australian premiere at MIAF.

Fall 2014
November 27
My portrait concert at the Alte Schmiede in Vienna, Austria proved a lot of fun and a great success, featuring six of my compositions, including three new film scores, and performances by Kaoko Amano, Lisa Leong, Maiken Beer and Mac N. Tosh.

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 2
Holy Cross Laptop Ensemble (H-CLEf) opening for Sideband
Directing H-CLEf's inaugural concert (opening for Sideband!) was an exhausting but deeply rewarding experience, introducing students from across the campus to live computer music and generating significant off-campus press, including the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and CharterTV3.

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.

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 concert that will feature a performance of my Mutations.


Notable and 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.  2013 saw his 9th performance of the piece, 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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