Realizations for Horn and Piano
I had written “Realizations” for a friend’s son, Carlin Krause, and it began with the notion of seeing a particular circumstance a certain way when young, and arriving at a different point of view after the passage of time. I had tried a technique of adding attacks, one after another for subsequent phrases, starting with three, and eventually arriving at twenty five.
Colloquies: Moon, Rain, Sun, Wind, for solo guitar
This is a work in progress to discover a serious conversation with a subject and guitar. I do this to create a tension between what I present and how it will become or relate to a subject such as the moon and then I go from there while playing my guitar to listen to what is there.
Here is a link to a video of me playing in the Seattle Guitar Orchestra, an excerpt of Elegy for a church in Seattle in 2017: http://youtu.be/9J4RcJPLMac
Ghost Story, for piano four hands
The germ for my piece happened one morning when I found myself in Capitol Hill with a free hour. I ventured into Quest Bookshop. After browsing for a while, I settled on a book about ghosts by author and medium James Van Praagh. Upon reading it I became fascinated with his accounts of ghosts haunting people’s houses. Van Praagh claims he is able to communicate with the haunting spirits and convince them to leave their earthly haunts and journey to the spirit world. This led to me imagining how this scenario could be illustrated with music.
My composition, Ghost Story, is a programmatic piece about a ghost trying and eventually communicating a message to living human beings before it continues its journey to the spirit world. Ghost Story is the most scripted work I have written and I am really interested to hear what people’s experiences are listening to it!
Kyrie eleison from the God Helmet; for guitar, soprano, and flute
I wrote this a piece a while back. The premise of the text is that a woman, a reporter doing a story on a device that gives you the sense of talking to God. As a skeptic, she is offered a chance to experience it. She doesn’t believe in God and is curious about this, tries it and in fact has a profound experience and is able to give other a people a sense of calm, peace and a sense of the divine. However for all of the good that comes from this ends as she starts to get seizures and is going to die, due to the increased neural activity and her inability to process it. So this song is her singing to this new found God saying that she is not ready to leave this realm, earth. This God must wait. She is a new mother and must attend to earthly matters, God must wait.