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May 17, 2017

‘Of Leaks and Mirrors’ to be Performed 5/19/2017 in Washington DC

My three movement piece for flute and percussion, Of Leaks and Mirrors, will be performed by the Iktus Duo on Friday, May 19 at 7:00 PM at the Bulgarian Embassy in Washington D.C.


May 15, 2017

Off to Rotterdam!

classical-next-menuI’m heading out today to Rotterdam for the Classical Next conference where Relevant Tones is up for an Innovation Award.  Fingers crossed!   Either way it’s always an amazing time and I’m looking forward to catching up with old friends and making some new ones.


May 2, 2017

‘The Heart of the World’ Performance in Brooklyn

the-heart-of-the-world-originalMy score to Guy Maddin’s film Heart of the World is getting performed on Friday, May 12 at National Sawdust in Brooklyn as part of ACM’s Sound of Silent Film Festival!  Get tickets now!


April 3, 2017

‘The Heart of the World’ Performance in Mexico City

ACM is bringing our Sound of Silent Film Festival to Mexico City and I’m thrilled that the score I wrote for Guy Maddin’s electric film The Heart of the World, is one of the pieces to be performed.

The festival will happen on April 28 and 29 at Cineteca Nacional, Mexico City’s premiere venue for film.

March 22, 2017

Sound of Silent Film Festival in Chicago April 22nd

SOSF Poster 2017How quickly twelve years go by.  Hard to believe but on April 22nd we’ll give our twelfth annual Sound of Silent Film Festival at the Music Box Theater in Chicago.

I had the idea for this event because I love silent films but everyone seemed to be tripping over themselves to write new scores for the old classics. I mean, yeah, I love Pandora’s Box too, it’s amazing, but I don’t think the world needs me to write a score for it.

But the world does need someone actively finding new silent films, commissioning composers to score them and then playing those scores live in a venue that also sells alcohol and so that’s what we did and it’s always a lot of fun.

March 16, 2017

Late Night at National Sawdust: Chaos Theory on April 21

e885b19b-c545-4663-be67-4e2af62b9e1aI am very proud of this new series, a quarterly concert series showcasing the globality and diversity of today’s classical music.

Broadcast live on my program Relevant Tones, Late Night at National Sawdust aims to harness the power of live performance and public media (while we still have it) to update the image people have of classical music.

The theme for this concert is Chaos Theory which, in the words of writer Chinua Achebe, means “things fall apart.”

We precede each broadcast with live read-throughs of three works chosen from more than 700 submissions and many of these will make it onto future broadcasts.

February 20, 2017

My Piano Concerto “Satori” to be Premiered March 9!

150430_Aznavoorian2The fabulous Marta Aznavoorian will join the Chicago Composers Orchestra as soloist in the World Premiere of my new piano concerto Satori on Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 PM.

Satori is Japanese for the search for self knowledge and this piece is a kind of musical self portrait. It’s in four movements and each movement represents a different aspect of me, either as I am or as I aspire to be.

 Get tickets here!

February 2, 2017

Playing with Jenny Lin February 12

indexI’m sharing a bill with the fabulous pianist Jenny Lin.  She’ll play a piece of mine and new music by Stephan Wolf and a piece by Frank Martin and I’ll be playing music inspired by Barcelona architecture, the photos of Diane Arbus and also giving a sneak preview of ACM’s upcoming Sound of Silent Film Festival.

Sunday, February 12 at 8:30 PM at Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave.
Only $10
Get tickets here


January 8, 2017

‘Veil’ to be Performed January 20 at National Sawdust

W1_0598-e1447171854583The second movement of my string quartet, Veil, will be performed on Friday, January 20th at National Sawdust in Brooklyn as part of the first in a new series called Late Night at National Sawdust.

December 7, 2016

‘Half State’ to be Performed December 14

My solo flute piece Half State will be performed on Wednesday, December 14 at the studio of Ensemble Mise-en in Brooklyn at 7:30 PM.  The flutist is Hristina Blagoeva and this concert is part of the Mise-en winter new music festival.

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