Prairie Logic

  The Debussy Project will premiere this week on October 1 & 4 in Kansas City. In this video, Scott discusses the project and his piece, Prairie Logic. Watch and you’ll catch a sample of the music. The concert is presented by FuseBox New Music. Performing are Christina Webster, flute; Jessica Nance,viola; & Tabitha Steiner, harp. The event is … Continue reading

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KC Metropolis previews FuseBox

Over the past year, Zane Winter, Ted King-Smith, and I have been working toward advocating for new music on our terms. The result isFuseBox New Music. FuseBox champions composers through providing commissions, performances, recordings, and collaborative opportunities. Since launching in 2015, we have commissioned five composers and earned support from the ArtsKC and the KC Municipal Arts Commission. … Continue reading

Interview for “Listen Local.”

Recently, I was interviewed for Johnston County Library’s “Listen Local” series. In the interview, conducted by Bryan Voell, I discuss new music advocacy, composing, and my upcoming work for “The Debussy Project.” You can read the whole article here.  

The Garden of Forking Paths, for Orchestra

After five years of exclusively writing chamber music, I have dedicated this spring to composing a new work for orchestra: The Garden of Forking Paths. I sketched a plan of the whole piece back in March and have spent the past few weeks realizing it one passage at a time. While the end of the … Continue reading

Music with Friends

Many of my friends are composers. Music making is, for many of us, a communal activity. I want to take a moment to celebrate their accomplishments. Below you will find information on upcoming performances of their music. Please feel free to explore the numerous links and discover their music. *** February 3, percussionist Lisa Pegher … Continue reading

Composer’s Circle

Composer’s Circle features one composer everyday. Today, I am the featured composer with my piece Conversations w/ Ligeti & Heidegger & (Mom in the Background) performed by Trillium Ensemble. I am grateful for the work of Eric Guinivan, the website’s curator, in his advocation for new music. Please support Eric’s work by subscribing to Composer’s Circle or liking … Continue reading

What music do you write?

“Oh, you’re a composer. So, what kind of music do you write?” I’m often asked this question when meeting new people. It’s usually either preceded by, “so, what do you do,” or if they know I’m involved with music, “what instrument do you play.” To the latter, I usually playfully respond, “I play the composer.” “What … Continue reading

10 Favorite Books

Recently, I was asked to list 10 books that have left an impression on me. Many of the writers in the list are connected through common interests and influences. Rushdie, Eco, and Calvino were all influenced by Borges and are magical realists. Some have concerned their writings with expressing moral and social issues. They have not been afraid to … Continue reading

Uqbar: Confessions Part I (of II)

I often find myself charmed by olde things. I owe the discovery of Uqbar to the conjunction of a mirror and an encyclopedia. Late one night, as is often the perfect time for fantastic discoveries, I happened upon an obscure, lost country while searching articles on Mirrors. (The Mirror is an ongoing artistic fascination/project of mine. … Continue reading

Expanding the Repertoire: Glockenspiel Solos

Recently, I received a recording of my solo glockenspiel piece, the situation is…, performed by the commissioner of the work, Brett Dietz. Inspired to expand the repertoire, he has commissioned new glockenspiel works from many composers, including one of my former teachers David Stock. Brett’s mission is bold. As he stated in an article he recently wrote … Continue reading