Over the last couple of years, my focus was primarily on my first opera The Bird Lady, which evolved from a two art song set of the same name and was premiered on February 27, 2018 by soprano Lauren Alfano-Ishida on a concert of the New York Composers Circle. Although the lyrics for the art songs were penned by Linda Marcus and Julie I. Meyers, the libretto was written by Germaine Shames who developed the story while incorporating these two songs. The Bird Lady is a two-act chamber opera with three main characters - Annabelle (soprano), Marcus (tenor), and Percy (baritone) - with a chorus of four, and a small chamber ensemble of ten - (1 each) flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, piano, 2 violins, (1 each) viola, cello, and contrabass. I completed the opera on April 15, 2021, and on October 31, 2021, a premiere preview was given in a semi-staged presentation at the National Opera enter in New York City. Tamara Cashour of OperAvant produced the opera with Carrie Wesolowski directing. You may view the video, as well as the scores and libretto by clicking on the Opera tab above.
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Other projects this year have included a big band arrangement of Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, an big band arrangement of a movement from my orchestral suite Kid's Play, and a commission for a violin-cello duet. In addition to the two big band arrangements, I went through my entire catalogue of big band scores (25 in all) and did some maintenance and clean-up of the scores, and I created higher quality sound files for demo purposes. I recently discovered the NotePerformer sound library, which uses AI (artificial intelligence) to generate more realistic sounding playbacks (as much as that is possible) than most computer-generated sound playbacks. The brass in particular are much better than Finale's Garritan library, which has been my main staple for playback purposes. Of course, these are all simply for the sole purpose of sending out demos to potential performers. I do highly recommend NotePerformer though! The big band scores may be viewed HERE.
The violin-cello commission was a pleasant surprise and came from a couple of friends I met through the Mostly Modern Festivals in Saratoga Springs over the last two summers. Dan Qiao (violin) and Carolyn Regula (cello) contacted me to invite me to write a piece for their upcoming recording project called Mirror 2 Mirror. So, in October 2020 I wrote for them Mirror Mirror, a three-movement work that focuses on different mirroring techniques using 12-tone tonalities. I am very much looking forward to their performance and recording of the piece in early 2021. Good luck ladies, and thank you for including me!
Recent & New Works in Progress
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