Mercy in a Pathless Land

The premiere performance by the Jack Quartet on March 6th, 2024 at the University of Iowa

The Indian philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti taught that “truth is a pathless land,” a saying intended to caution the listener against following gods and gurus. While composing this piece, I entered my own kind of pathless land. As in many of my recent works, I derived the piece’s materials from the names of the performers for… Continue reading Mercy in a Pathless Land

What’s in a Name?

The premiere recording at University of Iowa on September 10, 2023.

Most of my recent compositions have been composed using the names of the performers for whom the piece was written as seeds for the basic materials. While composing What’s in a Name? I was reflecting on the fact that all of the “name compositions” before this piece are solo works. I found that working with… Continue reading What’s in a Name?