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January 2, 2019

Manhattan Brass Quintet to Perform ‘Striations’ January 31

My new brass quintet Striations will get it’s premiere performance by the truly stellar Manhattan Brass Quintet on January 31st at the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in NYC as part of a Composer’s Concordance concert presented in collaboration with Project 142.

The concert is all world premieres of pieces commissioned for this evening and includes dance as well.

The DiMenna Center
Benzaquen Hall
450 W. 37th St.
$20 door, $15 online


December 4, 2018

‘Adrift’ to be Performed at Concept Lab December 16

I’ll perform my new piece for piano and electric guitar at Cornelia Street Café on December 16 as part of Concept Lab.  The guitarist is my friend Gene Pritsker.

The concert also includes Gene’s piece ‘Concept’ and works by William Jason Raynovich, Will Rowe, Ryan Chase, Max Graffe and Roger Tréfousse.

6:00 PM, $10 includes a free drink.

October 2, 2018

Open House Chicago is October 13

ACM’s last event of 2018 is our annual collaboration with the Chicago Architecture Center on their Open House Chicago project.  This year we’ve commissioned new pieces for two buildings, the Arts Club and the Newberry Library.

I’m especially happy about the Newberry Library as our CD recording of 1,001 Afternoons in Chicago is part of their permanent collection so it’s fun now to commission music inspired by the building itself.

We’ll be in both buildings playing the music every fifteen minutes between noon and 4:00 PM on Saturday, October 13.

September 26, 2018

Seth & Gene’s Live Score Movie Horror Show


Guitarist and composer Gene Pritsker and I are playing a Halloween show featuring live scores to silent horror movies, both real and spoof.  I’ll be playing a new score to the hilarious spoof Leatherface in Love, plus my fifteen minute rendition of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Happening and a short but scary silent film.

October 31 7:00 PM
The Delancey
168 Delancey St. New York

September 26, 2018

‘Three for Zhou B’ Performance October 10

My piece Three for Zhou B., inspired by paintings by the Zhou Brothers, will be performed on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 on the Picosa concert, Spectrum of America.

Wentz Concert Hall/Fine Arts Center
171 East Chicago Avenue
Naperville, IL 60540









September 18, 2018

Emcee Gig: NY Phil

I’ll return to Lincoln Center on September 27th to host a panel presentation for the New York Philharmonic with composer Conrad Tao, President Deborah Borda and perhaps, if we’re lucky, conductor Jaap van Zweden.




September 18, 2018

ACM Hits Doors Open Milwaukee on September 22nd

Just two days after my show at Lincoln Center I’ll be in Milwaukee with Access Contemporary Music collaborating with Doors Open Milwaukee, a citywide celebration of architecture.

We’ve commissioned three composers to write music inspired by buildings including the Gaslight Building, Pritzlaff Building and the stunning observation deck at the Hyatt Hotel called the Vue.

We’ll have musicians on site in each location to perform the music every fifteen minutes.  Videos will be posted to the ACM website shortly afterward.

September 22nd
12:00 to 3:00 PM
More info

September 17, 2018

72 Choral Project Performance

Painter Rainer Gross has made a depiction of each of the 72 Hebrew names for God and the Composers Concordance has been busily commissioning composers to write short choral pieces inspired by each of them.

I’m honored to be part of this project and was assigned the name Kaf Vav Kuf which according to my Google search means “connection to spirituality ignites sexual energy.”  So that’s the direction I took it in.

Several of the pieces, including mine, will be performed on September 25th at William Paterson University as part of their New Music Series at 7:30 PM.  I’m looking forward to hearing the other works!

September 11, 2018

‘Vanishing City’ at Lincoln Center on September 20

In his book Vanishing New York, Jeremiah Moss argues that gentrification and rising income inequality are causing the city to slowly lose its soul.

Join Seth Boustead, composer and host of WFMT Chicago’s Relevant Tones, for a live broadcast exploring the issue’s impact on music with Moss, Open House New York executive Director Gregory Wessner, architect and author of A Country of Cities Vishaan Chakrabarti, and NewMusicBox co-editor Frank J. Oteri.

Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect, members from Opera on Tap (Kamala Sankaram, Kristin Gornstein, Kannan Vasudevan, Matthew Curran), and conductor Mila Henry will perform music by New York composers who flourished in a bygone, some say golden, era. On the program: music by cellist, composer, and pop music phenom Arthur Russell; a New York City–premiere choral piece by Julius Eastman (The Moon’s Silent Modulation,) a gorgeous string quartet by Ben Weber, and a forgotten gem by Tui St. George Tucker.

Thursday, September 20 at 7:30
David Rubinstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

August 28, 2018

‘Songs About Buildings and Moods’ is Monday, September 10


Songs About Buildings and Moods features music commissioned by Access Contemporary Music over the last several years to be performed in various and sundry historical, offbeat, interesting and generally awesome spaces in Chicago as part of the Chicago Architecture Center’s Open House Chicago project.

All of the pieces will be performed live with video accompaniment showing the buildings in their glory. Videos are by Kimberly Schlechter.

September 10, 7:00 PM
Davis Theater
4614 N. Lincoln Ave.
$20, $12 seniors and students

Union Station Women’s Lounge
– Music by Timothy Corpus

Mies van der Rohe’s Carr Chapel
– Music by Katrina Burton

Sedgwick Artists Studio
– Music by Roydon Tse

Elk’s Memorial
– Music by Elizabeth Start

International Museum of Surgical Sciences
– Music by Michael Miller

Original Sears Tower
– Music by Amos Gillespie

Colby Abbott Building (Milwaukee)
– Music by Cristina Spinei

Casa Mas de Miquel (Barcelona)
– Music by Seth Boustead

Performed by:
Alyson Berger – cello
Magalena Sustere – cello
Cory Tiffin – clarinets
Arianne Urban – violin
Trevor Patrick Watkin – flute
Jeff Yang – violin

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