Upcoming Concerts!

Lots of great stuff lined up for the beginning of next year!

Upcoming Concerts:

2/3/14 – Particle Fountain for piano/percussion quartet commissioned by Yarn/Wire. University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA [world premiere]

2/5/14 – Particle Fountain for piano/percussion quartet commissioned by Yarn/Wire. Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA

2/7/14 – Particle Fountain for piano/percussion quartet commissioned by Yarn/Wire. Friday Musicale, Jacksonville, FL

2/8/14 – Particle Fountain for piano/percussion quartet commissioned by Yarn/Wire. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

2/13/14 – Duet For Quartet for percussion quartet, College Music Society Southern/Mid-Atlantic Joint Conference – University of Tennesee, Knoxville, TN

3/20-23/14 – Driftwood Box Puzzle for alto saxophone, piano, and electronics – North American Saxophone Alliance National Conference – University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana, Urbana, IL – Richard Schwartz, alto saxophone & Philip Schuessler, piano

3/27/14 – Driftwood Box Puzzle – Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference – Wesleyan University, CT – Sean Sonderegger, alto saxophone & Philip Schuessler, piano

3/29/14 – Intervals I for alto saxophone and piano – College Music Society Great Lakes Regional Conference, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

5/2014 – Rube-Goldberg Variations [world premiere] for tuba quartet commissioned by Dr. Brian Gallion – International Tuba-Euphonium Association Conference, University of Indiana

Performance of Glass Abattoir by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia student performers – [exact date, time, and location TBA]

Kickstarter for “Embers”

The forthcoming studio project entitled Embers is set for release on the Centaur label and features contemporary chamber music for saxophone, piano, and electronics. Saxophonist Richard Schwartz, along with pianists Kenneth Boulton and Philip Schuessler, perform the works of Kari Besharse, Ray Pizzi, Schuessler, and Stephen Suber. This collection represents a diversity of styles and approaches to saxophone composition and performance practice.

We just went live with a Kickstarter site to help raise funds for the project. Please circulate the link to your heart’s content:

Embers Kickstarter



Summer News

Happy summer!

This summer, I have had the pleasure of working with Richard Schwartz, both as composer and performer, on a new recording project that is being set for release later this year on the Centaur Label. The project is a collection of chamber works for alto saxophone along with piano and computer generated sound in various combinations by composers Kari Besharse (my lovely wife!), Stephen Suber, Ray Pizzi, and myself. Recording engineer Bill Kelley and I are currently working on editing the recordings. It has been an incredible experience; I’ve been learning a great deal about the recording process along the way.I think that one will find this album to be a very refreshing mix of works by composers of diverse voice and direction, and I very much look forward to the release!

In other news, I’m pleased to announce that the score for my work Still Life With Wave for flute and alto saxophone has been published by Potenza Music. Potenza has shown great support for my music, and I am grateful for their publishing of it. The work was written for the Duo Fujin 2012 Weekend Composition Competition, and it continues my fascination with tightly-wound rhythmic structures that interlock and collapse in various ways.

Glass Abattoir in the Studio


Some very dedicated performers take on Glass Abattoir for three speaking (and drinking!) percussionists. This studio session was recorded for a radio broadcast at KSUA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks by Ensemble 64.8 (Kaylee Bonatakis, Chris Lennard, and Matt Roberts). This work combines narratives about three very different political conflicts from three different time periods of the United States. Follow the water! Enjoy!

Driftwood Box Puzzle

Driftwood Box Puzzle for alto saxophone, piano, and computer generated sound receives its premiere on Saturday, March 2nd at the North American Saxophone Alliance Regional Conference at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Richard Schwartz will be playing alto saxophone, and I will be playing piano.

The work intersperses free sections with tightly-wound components. The free sections have each instrument working through independent pitch cells moving at different rates, drifting in and out of “phase,” while the stricter sections unify the cells temporarily before a new “drift” begins.

Promo Video for Iktus Concert (on January 25th)

Iktus prepares for Music At First from Iktus Percussion on Vimeo.

Duet For Quartet Performance in Brooklyn by Iktus

On Friday, January 25th, my Duet for Quartet for percussion quartet will be performed by Iktus Percussion at First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, NY along with works by six outstanding composers based in and around New York. If you are around New York next week, consider attending this concert!


Iktus Percussion Music at First Jan 25

New Website Stuff

Lots of new stuff up on my website, especially in the “Works and Audio” section!

Check it out!

Fall Premieres and Performances

What an amazing semester this has been!  I have been fortunate to have premieres of two new compositions here at Southeastern Louisiana University by guest performers. In October, cellist Craig Hultgren premiered my work Monochrome Variations with live electronics. You may find an excerpt of the work on Soundcloud:

The following month saw the premiere of Binding Song for violin and horn, commissioned by University of Alabama faculty Jubal Fulks and Lauren Varley as a part of their program of new works for violin, horn, and piano. You may find an excerpt of this work on Soundcloud as well:

Lastly, I am very excited to revive a couple of movements from an older work, Preludes for piano, as part of the Composers Concert program here at Southeastern Louisiana University on November 29th. These Preludes were originally written for my wedding ceremony and dedicated to my wife, composer Kari Besharse.

Binding Song excerpt

A three-minute excerpt of my new work “Binding Song” for horn and violin performed by Lauren Varley (horn) and Jubal Fulks (violin). Lauren and Jubal gave a guest recital along with pianist Kevin Chance at Southeastern Louisiana University on November 14th.

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