blue-gray (2018)

duration

5 1/2 minutes

instruments

blue-gray is a delicate and expressive piece for marimba with melodic layers that weave in and out of each other, giving the performer many opportunities to shape the music. Moments of extremely soft dynamics create a fragile stillness that is intensified by large leaps in register, to be performed very quickly and softly. It received the Honorable Mention in the 2019 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest.

marimba

5.0 octave marimba

Deep Beneath the Ice (2015)

duration

6 minutes

instruments

Deep Beneath the Ice was written in January 2015 at Interlochen Arts Academy. In the warmer months of the year, I would sit by Green Lake on campus and enjoy being so close to nature. In winter, the lake would freeze over, sealing all life beneath a layer of ice. Similarly, the far-below freezing temperatures would keep all of the students inside. While trapped inside a practice room, I composed this piece as a reminder that even in isolation, life exists as active as ever.

marimba

5.0 octave marimba

Poeme in F-sharp Major (Scriabin, arr. Karukas) (2018)

duration

4 minutes

instruments

Description coming soon.

marimba

5.0 octave marimba

Etude in C (for the right hand alone) (2016)

duration

2 minutes

instruments

Etude in C is a short and sweet—but virtuosic—marimba etude for the right hand. In both performance and composition, this piece attempts to challenge the expressive limits created by a set of musical constraints, namely a small range, simple diatonic harmony, and the use of only one hand (two mallets) in performance.

marimba

4.0 octave marimba

Two Epilogues (2018)

duration

I. 3 1/2 minutes

II. 5 1/2 minutes

instruments

I. Little Souls is a solo glockenspiel piece that at times has up to four disparate voices, characterized by differences in timbre, range, and articulation. The left hand plays a steady chimelike pattern as the upper voices play floating melodies that only occasionally unify.

 

II. Breathing is a meditative solo vibraphone piece in which all notes ring freely between rolled chords, creating an ocean of steadily evolving harmony.

vibraphone and glockenspiel solo

vibraphone

glockenspiel

Elements (2018)

duration

7 minutes

instruments

Elements is an exciting multiple percussion solo for assorted metal, wood, and skin. Quick, turbulent passages on the drums are juxtaposed with mathematically-structured sections whose polyrhythmic layers give the illusion of multiple simultaneous tempi. Metal and wood instruments tick out displaced rhythmic groupings like broken metronomes.

multipercussion solo

3 metals, 4 wood, 4 drums, low drum w/ foot, cymbal w/ foot, staccato sound w/ foot

To Live and Die in the Wild (2018)

duration

4 to 9 minutes

(movements are modular)

instruments

Description coming soon.

multipercussion solo

kick drum, bass drum, 2 toms, snare drum, bongos, brake drum, large sizzle cymbal

Bad Number (2019)

duration

7 minutes

instruments

Description coming soon.

timpani solo

4 timpani (32", 29", 26", 23")

Presence (2016)

duration

11 minutes

instruments

Description coming soon.

percussion trio

5.0 octave marimba (shared),

vibraphone, bass drum, crotales (2 octaves), wind chimes,

32" & 26" timpani, 2 bows

I am [electric] (2016)

duration

6 minutes

instruments

Description coming soon.

marimba quartet

4.0 octave marimba

4.0 octave marimba

5.0 octave marimba (shared)

Harmonic Motion in Fluid Space (2019)

duration

11 minutes

instruments

Description coming soon.

string quartet

2 violins, viola, cello

It flows (2017)

duration

9 minutes

instruments

Description coming soon.

saxophone and marimba duet

alto saxophone

5.0 octave marimba

Three Shades of Sun (2016)

duration

5 minutes

instruments

Description coming soon.

solo violin or viola

violin or viola

Man Against Himself (2017)

duration

10 minutes

instruments

Description coming soon.

solo piano

piano

In a Breath, Ending (2018)

duration

9 minutes

instruments

Description coming soon.

orchestra

3d1, 2+1, 3, 2+cbsn - 4, 3, 2+bs, 1, timp+3perc, hp, str

 
 
 

Description coming soon.

duration

quad fixed media

Sinking (2018)

5 minutes

Description coming soon.

duration

stereo fixed media

Moon Rave (2017)

3 minutes

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