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.
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.
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.
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.
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.