Commission and OAC Grant for “Djed”

I am honoured to have received a Music Creation Grant from the Ontario Arts Council for the composition of Djed, a forthcoming work for solo marimba and percussion trio.  The work is being written for Gerald Noble (Dayton Philharmonic/Wright State University).

Djed is the ancient Egyptian symbol of a pillar meaning ‘stability.’  This is represented in the piece with structural pedal tones in the solo part being resonated by instruments in the percussion trio.

The djed is also a prominently featured sculptural symbol in Matthew Barney’s Ancient Evenings performances and film, River of Fundament. My experiences performing in these projects serve as an inspiration as I continue writing the music.  I look forward to sharing the completed score for Djed in the near future!


Petal for Piano

I wrote a short piano piece in December as a “Secret Santa” gift.  It’s called Petal, a short mood piece that draws upon core material from a Benny Golson tune.  I’ve included the score here, if you’re looking for something to work on your ledger line reading!

Petal for Piano

CMC Concert Band Reading

On February 13, I will be conducting the University of Windsor Wind Ensemble as they present 6 Canadian band compositions with the composers and members of the Canadian Music Centre in attendance.  Works by Eddington, Coles,Carovillano, Fawcett, Harley, and Pearce.  The band and myself are honoured to host the 2018 CMC Concert Band Reading session.