New Website Page for Songs
I have created a new part of this website devoted solely to my songs. Link to it right here!
Sunburst Carousel for saxophone quartet is now published and distributed by Murphy Music Press. The score can now be purchased directly from the Murphy Music Press website.
11/30/2018 – Glass Abattoir for percussion trio – Percussion Music As Revolution – University of Washington Percussion Ensemble Fall Quarter Concert – Meany Theatre, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
3/13/2019 – new work for Byrne:Kozar:Duo – Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, Louisiana
3/14/2019 – new work for Byrne:Kozar:Duo – Versipel New Music, New Orleans, LA
Selected Recent Concerts:
7/12/2018 – Sunburst Carousel – 18th World Saxophone Congress, Academy of Music, Zagreb, Croatia, Quartetto Obrigado
6/30/2018 – Fireflies Were Making Decodable Signals…, Mise-En New Music Festival 2018, Taipei Cultural Institute, New York, NY, Josh Perry – percussion, Yumi Ito – bass clarinet
05/11/2018 – Quintet – an animated graphic score collaboration with visual artist Cristina Molina – Southern Sonic Festival, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, Versipel New Music Collective
05/11/2018 – Pendula for amplified trombone, Boston Microtonal Society Call for Scores, Lilypad, Cambridge, MA, William Lang- trombone
04/26/2018 –Looking-Glass Insects, Marigny Opera House, New Orleans, LA, Hub New Music
04/25/2018 – Looking-Glass Insects, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA, Hub New Music [WORLD PREMIERE]
03/18/2018 – Sunburst Carousel – Music Teachers National Association Conference, Orlando, FL, Quartetto Obrigado
03/11/2018 – Sunburst Carousel – North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, Cincinnati, OH, Quartetto Obrigado
12/5/2017 – Liminal Bridges, Daniel Recital Hall, Furman University, Greenville, SC, Hypercube Ensemble
11/13/2017 – Sunburst Carousel for saxophone quartet, Taylor Assad DMA Recital, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, Quartetto Obrigado
10/13/2017 – Sunburst Carousel for saxophone quartet, Louisiana Music Teachers Association Conference, University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, Quartetto Obrigado, [WORLD PREMIERE]
News (Spring/Summer ’14)
I’m looking forward to some new projects for the coming months that include new works for pianist Mabel Kwan, percussionist Andy Bliss, the Astralis Duo (soprano and piano), as well as a new duo for bass clarinetist Christa Van Alstine and percussionist Michael McCurdy and a new work for flute and percussion for the Iktus Duo!
News (Fall ’13)
Monochrome Variations for cello and electronics has just been chosen to be included in Society of Composers, Inc.’s upcoming edition of thier ongoing publication Journal of Scores.
Recent Past Performances
5/11/14 – Intervals I – James Spurlin DMA Saxophone Recital, Beckwith Recital Hall, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND, James Spurlin – alto saxophone, Amy Mercer – piano
4/7/14 – Void Chapel – Cinema for the Ears, Digital Media Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
3/29/14 – Intervals I for alto saxophone and piano – College Music Society Great Lakes Regional Conference, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND James Spurlin, alto saxophone, & Amy Mercier, piano
3/27/14 – Driftwood Box Puzzle for alto saxophone, piano, and electronics – Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference – Wesleyan University, CT – Sean Sonderegger, alto saxophone & Philip Schuessler, piano
3/24/14 – Particle Fountain for percussion-piano quartet – Music at the Forefront, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH – Yarn/Wire
3/21/14 – 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
2/14/14 – Duet For Quartet for percussion quartet, College Music Society Southern/Mid-Atlantic Joint Conference – University of Tennesee, Knoxville, TN
2/8/14 – Particle Fountain for piano/percussion quartet commissioned by Yarn/Wire. University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL
2/7/14 – Particle Fountain for piano/percussion quartet commissioned by Yarn/Wire. Friday Musicale, Jacksonville, FL
2/5/14 – Particle Fountain for piano/percussion quartet commissioned by Yarn/Wire. Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
2/3/14 – Particle Fountain for piano/percussion quartet commissioned by Yarn/Wire. University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, LA
12/8/13 – Premiere of FourXTwo for four or eight performers – Composer’s Voice Fifteen Minutes of Fame: Hard Eight Concert – Jan Hus Church, New York, NY
11/9/13 – Monochrome Variations for cello and electronics – Electro-Acoustic Barn Dance Festival – University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA – Craig Hultgren, cello
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.
Speaking of music publishing, I have co-started, along with my wife, composer Kari Besharse, a publishing company of our own called Pendula Music. Pendula is dedicated to the distribution of our works to a wider audience of performers and contemporary music enthusiasts. The company is just getting off the ground, but we will have a website up soon through which scores will be made available for purchase and perusal.
Also in the works is a nonprofit presenting organization of contemporary music concerts! More on this soon!
Finally, I am putting the finishing touches on a new work for bass clarinet duo entitled Colonel Ketchum’s Celluloid Delirium Spiral. Remind me to tell you about the title some day!
10/3/13 – Driftwood Box Puzzle – for alto sax, piano, and electronics – Faculty Recital – Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM – Rich Schwartz – saxophone, Kayla Paulk – piano
6/15/13 – Binding Song – Alia Music Pittsburgh’s An Art Happening, The Inn, Pittsburgh, PA – The Gemini Duo
5/29/13 – Monochrome Variations, Moonlight on the Mountain Concert featuring Craig Hultgren, Birmingham, AL
4/20/13 – Glass Abattoir, Ensemble 64.8 Spring Concert, Davis Concert Hall, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK
10/31/12 – Premiere of Monochrome Variations for cello with computer by Craig Hultgren – Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
11/14/12 – premiere of Binding Song for violin and horn performed by Jubal Fulks and Lauren Varley – Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
11/15/12 – Binding Song – Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS – Jubal Fulks – violin, Lauren Varley – horn
11/29/12 – Preludes (Mvmnts. I & IV) – Southeastern Composers Concert, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA, Philip Schuessler – piano
1/25/13 – Duet for Quartet for percussion quartet performed by Iktus at First Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, NY
3/2/13 – Premiere of new work Driftwood Box Puzzle for alto saxophone, piano, and tape at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 6 Conference in Orlando, FL, Rich Schwartz – alto saxophone, Philip Schuessler – piano
Fall 2012 continued
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.
On August 23rd, I had the pleasure of once again performing the work Embers for alto saxophone and piano by my talented wife Kari Besharse along with saxophonist Richard Schwartz at the Tuscaloosa New Music Collective. The concert was a great success and featured a diverse set of new works by some very talented composers.
In October, cellist Craig Hultgren will be premiering a new work for cello with computer at Southeastern Louisiana University. The work will be funded in part by a Composer Assistance Program grant that I received from New Music USA.
In November, violinist Jubal Fulks will be touring the southeast with a program featuring my new work Binding Song for violin and horn. Jubal will be making a stop at Southeastern Louisiana University for a concert that will also include, among other pieces, Ligeti’s highly acclaimed Horn Trio.
This summer has been productive for me. I will be entering the fall with four completed works, one of which (Still Life With Wave) is a winner of Duo Fujin’s Weekend Composition Competition.
April saw the arrival of the Southeastern Composers Concert at Southeastern Louisiana University. The concert, hosted on April 24th by myself and the other composition faculty at SELU – Stephen Suber and Kari Besharse, featured works and performances by both faculty and students. My work Interruptions III for alto saxophone and tape was performed spectacularly by Dr. Richard Schwartz. My wife Kari had her work Embers performed by Dr. Schwartz on alto saxophone and myself on piano. Other highlights include Greg Robin’s trombone solo S.P. and Stephen Suber’s saxophone quartet Runic Essay No. 1. A program of the work can be found here: ComposersConcertProgram
Some Spring 2012 Performances
April 26, 2012 – Interruptions II for solo piano -Recital Hour, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA Philip Schuessler – piano
April 24, 2012 – Interruptions III for alto saxophone and tape – Southeastern Louisiana University Composers Concert, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA Richard Schwartz – alto saxophone
April 24, 2012 – performing piano on Embers by Kari Besharse along with Richard Schwartz on alto saxophone for above-listed SELU Composers Concert
March 18, 2012 – Interruptions III for alto saxophone and tape – The North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ Richard Schwartz – alto saxophone (for more info, click HERE!)
Other News and Notes
New pieces are in the works! I have been asked to compose a new work for cello and live electronics for cellist Craig Hultgren in anticipation of his guest visit Southeastern Louisiana University in the fall.
I have also been asked to write a duo for violin and horn for violinist Jubal Fulks, and I will be writing a trumpet quartet next year’s National Trumpet Competition.
On December 10th and 11th, the dance troupe Cleave performed two works setting my compositions Monochrome Variations II for Simplified Violin and Abstractions I for violin and piano. Brandon Shaw choreographed the performance entitled tip of the tongue which was held at K77 Studio in Berlin, Germany. Recordings of performances of the works by Eric km Clark (Simplified Violin), Louella Alatitt (violin) and Yi-Heng Yang (piano) accompanied the dance works. A video of one of the performances (featuring Abstractions I) is provided here:
The beginning of November brings about two exciting performances, one here in Hammond, Louisiana and the other in Berlin, Germany:
On Wednesday, November 2nd, the Southeastern Louisiana University Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Alissa Rowe, will perform my work Ghost for SSAATTBB chorus at the First United Methodist Church in Hammond, LA.
On Saturday, November 5th, Ensemble Progress, led by Sylvia Hinz, will perform my work Five for five instruments as part of Klangwerkstatt-Berlin Festival of New Music (info at http://www.klangwerkstatt-berlin.de/2011/)
In past news, last March brought about the premiere of my new work Interruptions III for alto saxophone and tape. The work was written for and premiered by Richard Schwartz at the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 6 Conference at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, FL on March 19th.
The same conference saw the premiere of Embers, a work for alto saxophone and piano written by my wife Kari Besharse. The piece was premiered by Richard Schwartz (alto saxophone) and myself (piano) on March 19th.
- 3/25/11 – Interruptions II for solo piano – College Music Society Regional Conference – Rocky Mountain Chapter, Ramada Denver Midtown Hotel, Denver, CO, Philip Schuessler – piano
- 3/19/11 – Interruptions III for alto saxophone and tape [WORLD PREMIERE] – North American Saxophone Alliance Region 6 Conference, University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL, Richard Schwartz – saxophone
- 2/17 – 20/11 – Pendula for amplified trombone [WORLD PREMIERE] – Cross-Linx Festival, Utrecht/Eindhoven/Groningen/Rotterdam, Netherlands, Benjamin Lanz – trombone
- 7/28/10– One More Moment for piano trio – Smith Recital Hall, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL Casey Dierlam – piano
- 7/28/10 – Interruptions II for piano solo – Smith Recital Hall, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL Casey Dierlam – piano
- 7/1/10 – Omega Loops for violin, guitar, and piano – St. Mary’s Church of England, Aylesbury, UK – Penbridge Trio
- 6/27/10 – Omega Loops for violin, guitar, and piano – Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, UK – Penbridge Trio
- 4/15/10 – Ripple for electric guitar quartet and percussion quartet – The Tank, New York City, New York – Mantra Percussion and Dither Guitar Quartet
- 3/31/10 – Ripple for electric guitar quartet and percussion quartet – Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY – Mantra Percussion and Dither Guitar Quarte
- 3/27/10 – Supercell for percussion and electronics – New York City Electronic Music Festival, CUNY Grad Center, New York City, NY – Michael McCurdy, percussion
- 3/19/10 – Splintered Refrains for viola and piano – College Music Society Great Lake Regional Conference, Ball State University, Muncie, IN – Philip Tietze, viola Ray Kilburn, piano