Large-scale, performer-specific collaborations. 

2018-2019 | Miki Sawada | A Kind of Mirror

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A Kind of Mirror, created with pianist Miki Sawada and directed by Daniel Pettrow, is a unique and experimental take on a piano concert that reflects “who the audience is" every evening. Through theatrical prompts and audience interaction, the performance is continually transforming to reveal a deeper connection with the music. Combining classical repertoire and my original compositions, A Kind of Mirror creates a dreamlike atmosphere which reveals the poetic life of the audience. 

In October, Miki gave 13 performances of "A Kind of Mirror" in small towns in West Virginia as part of Gather Hear Tour, which explores the idea of the piano as a central object of a gathering place - how we as humans can't help but be drawn to a piano to sing, play, and listen - and also explores the social possibilities of classical music when taken out of a concert hall and into community gathering spaces.

Created with support from New Music USA, and a residency from Avaloch Farm

Tour Vlog:


Performance History:
12.14.2018 | House Concert [New York, NY]
11.29.2018 | Classic Pianos [Portland, OR]
11.29.2018 | All Classical Portland [Portland, OR] broadcast archive (starts at 25’)
11.14.2018 | University of Central Missouri [Warrensville, MO]
11.8.2018 | The River House [Capon Bridge, WV]
11.7.2018 | Calhoun Middle/High School [Mt. Zion, WV]
11.6.2018 | Heartwood in the Hills [Grantsville, WV]
11.4.2018 | Riff Raff [Princeton, WV]
11.5.2018 | The KeyNote [Williamson] 
11.3.2018 | The Grove [Fayetteville, WV]
11.2.2018 | Hawk Knob [Lewisburg, WV]
11.1.2018 | Parkersburg Art Centre [Parkersburg, WV]
10.30.2018 | West Virginia Public Broadcasting [Charleston, WV]
10.29.2018 | Preston Community Arts Centre [Kingwood, WV]
10.28.2018 | Purple Fiddle [Davis, WV]
10.27.2018 | Claymont Society [Charles Town, WV]
10.12.2018 | Old Stone House of Brooklyn [Brooklyn, NY]

2018.02 | Exceptet | Episodic Memory (learning to hurt)

Episodic Memory (learning to hurt) is a work in three sections that reflects the way our brains process trauma and learn from mistakes. The piece grows out of subtly shifting polyrhythms that emerge from the psychoacoustic effects of microtonal inflections of a single pitch. These rhythms are gradually picked up by the ensemble, transformed and focused, and finally gathered together in a huge, oscillating mass of sound.

Commissioned by Sarah Goldfeather and Justus Schlichting for Exceptet: Chuck Furlong, clarinets; Sarah Goldfeather, violin; Evan Honse, trumpet; Daniel Linden, trombone; Allison Nicotera, bassoon; Evan Runyon, bass; David Stevens, percussion.

Performance History:
10.24.2018 | Short North Stage [Columbus, OH]
10.22.2018 | Brooklyn Waldorf School [Brooklyn, NY]
2.18.2018 | Roulette Intermedium [Brooklyn, NY]

2017.06 | DITHER | Dynamics of Vanishing Bodies

Dynamics of Vanishing Bodies is about forces exerted on us by objects and people that are not physically present. It is built around five ‘missing’ musical elements, which are perceived by the ear and brain but not directly articulated by the performers. These elements, created via a combination of psychoacoustics, extended techniques, and technology, act as singularities around which the rest of the music orbits. 

Created with support from the Jerome Foundation for New Music and Roulette Intermedium for Dither: James Moore, Josh Lopes, Taylor Levine, Gyan Riley.

Performance History:
4.21.2018 | New Music New College [Sarasota, FL]
6.20.2017 | Roulette Intermedium [Brooklyn, NY]