After performing both Graphic Contents 1 and 2, percussionist Alex Richard asked me to create another graphic score for her that would add on to my Graphic Content Series. This is by far my favorite one to date! Her artistic influences helped shape these ideas, and I look forward to hearing what she does with this material! Photo is an excerpt of the complete graphic score. Created with a fountain pen and acrylic paints.
“Teacher of the Week” Interview on WREX News
So grateful that a student nominated me for “Teacher of the Week” through WREX News. Here is the interview from when they visited my school! Thanks to my students for all their hard work and for the recognition!
Here’s a great recording of Murmuration from the Northern Illinois University New Music Festival on November 1, 2017. Performers include Monica Kim (harp), Michael Lockler (flute), Claire Wright (viola), Alex Fraga (marimba), and José Piedra (vibraphone).
Members of the NIU New Music Ensemble will be performing “Murmuration” on Wednesday, November 1st as part of the 7th NIU New Music Festival. “Murmuration” is written for flute, viola, harp, marimba, and vibraphone, and was originally composed for Percussia of Queens, New York. Looking forward to an excellent performance!
Arcomusical’s album, MeiaMeia, has made it to the ballot round for the 2018 Grammys! This news is so humbling; I am constantly reminded of how special Arcomusical is and how fortunate I am to be a part of this incredible project. Fingers crossed that our album makes it to the next round!
For more information about MeiaMeia and Arcomusical, click here!
I am so excited to announce that “Sacred Spirits: Forces of Nature” has been selected for performance as part of the Aries Composers Festival at Colorado State University! Not only am I honored by this opportunity, but this is a very special event for me because this brings me back to my home in Colorado. I will be able to share this event with my brother, who currently attends CSU, as well as other members of my family (and my nief-norf family! Shoutout to Douglas Hertz for also being selected!) For more information about this festival, please visit their website here!
Arcomusical is back at it for our 2017-18 season! On top of premiering commissioned works by Elliot Cole and Kyle Krause, my newest berimbau trio will be programmed. “Ondulação” (or “Ripple”) is the first berimbau-only chamber piece that I have written since the MeiaMeia album (see “Aqui no meu jardim” for a duo that I wrote for berimbau and mbira). I have always been so humbled by the opportunities that Arcomusical has allowed me to have as a composer and performer, and I look forward to another incredible season. For more information, click here!