Iowa Performance

Nine Coins will be performed this Saturday at the University of Iowa as part of the Exchange 0f Midwest Collegiate Composers. The performance will take place on 4/17/2015 at 4pm at UCC Recital Hall.  The piece opens with a cello solo, which will be performed by Esther Seitz. Luiz Viquez will play clarinet, and I … Continue reading

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Uqbar: Confessions Part II (of II)

The first Uqbar post was written in an earnest tone. Now, I will confess: Uqbar is a fiction. Literature is one of my main nonmusical influences. The foundation of my approach to musical form is rooted books like Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse V (look for a post on Vonnegut and form coming soon). It was Jorge Luis Borges who initiated my fascination with … 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