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Structured Improvisation #1.19 (2019)

for 6 or more performers

sounds (2019)

for voice, clarinet, violin, piano

commissioned by Vibrant Matter

area:object:draw:listen (2018)

for two participants

commissioned by nY/Samuel Vriezen

study (2018)

for Hojo's 'Unfinished Descriptions' project on Yoko Ono

for 2 performers, one able-bodied, one to hum

commissioned by Tomoko Hojo

inter (2018) 2.5'

Commissioned by Amy Williams

for prepared piano as in John Cage's Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano

for generations (2018)

for Gerhard Stäbler's 'PRESENTS'

for 5 or more performers

communications (3): language (2018) 10-12'

for 6 or more performers

commissioned by ELMS

collections for Juliet (2018) 10-15'

a recording piece for voice

commissioned by Juliet Fraser

sounds for Jeff (2018) 19'

for flute, bass clarinet, piano

commissioned by Jeff Kimmel

sparsely placed (2018) 20-25'

for voice, violin, cello, vibraphone/auxiliary instruments, piano(keyboard)

commissioned by Ordinary Affects for the Standing Waves series

portals for .Punkt (2018) c. 20-25'

for 3 performers

commissioned by .Punkt

long, after (2017) 12-20'

for 4 or more performers

commissioned by ELMS

all are above us (2017) open duration

for 4 or more performers

commissioned by mumei edition SIX, Heather Frasch and Ryoko Akama

SLOW SD (2017) 18'

for fixed media (an installation or tape piece)

commissioned by Erik Carlson for Slow SD Festival

for Collect/Project (2016) 11'

for soprano, bass flute, electronics

commissioned by Shanna Guttierrez for Ear Taxi Festival

collections for Erik (2015) 12'

a recording piece

commissioned by Erik Carlson

communications (2) (2015) 48'

for 15 players and 2 optional soloists

commissioned by Greg Stuart/USC

for Iktus (2015)  16'

for saxophone, guitar, piano, percussion

for Hypercube (formerly Iktus combo)

Layers for Piano (2015) 12'

two groups for Dog Star for 10 or more players (2015) 10'

Commissioned by Michael Pisaro and Dog Star


communications for a.pe.ri.od.ic for 8 players (2015) 15'

Commissioned by Controlled Indeterminacy in Text Scores project


TRANSLATION: a conceptual chamber opera (2015) 20-40'

Commissioned by The Industry


Structure for layered flute (2014) 14'

Commissioned by Janet McKay


Four Voices for any 4 voices (2014) 14'

Trio for guitar, piano, double bass (2014) 10'


Independent: Relational: Reactionary for solo violin (2014) 13'


towoke (2014) a ringtone for string quartet 30”

Commissioned by Spektral Quartet, Premiered: Constellation, March 2014, Chicago, IL

Combine, Juxtapose, Overlap, Delayed Overlap for 4 or more players (2013) 7-20'

Commissioned by the Experimental Music Yearbook

For Eleath for solo piano (2013) 3'

Commissioned by Joann Cho


For Eliza for solo prepared piano (2013) 12'

Commissioned by Eliza Garth

RwO Minute for 3 voices (S/S/B) (2013) 4'

Commissioned by Rhymes with Opera

A Human Sound Sculpture for 10 performers (2012) 48'

Commissioning Prize by The Old Town School of Folk Music


Text Series for 4 or more voices (2011) 40'

for Cage99 for 2 or more performers (2011) 3'

Written for Ensemble Décadanse

Pillars and Glisses for fl, cl, vln, vc, elect gtr, pno, 2 soprano (2012) 13'

Commissioned by Wild Rumpus Ensemble


Trio for violin, cello, piano (2012) 11'

Commissioned by Billie Howard


Sound for the wulf. for 4 writers and 4 whistlers(2011) 14'

commissioned by Colin Wambsgans

Sextet for flute, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, piano (2011) 22'

Written for Ensemble SurPus Schloss Solitude

For Tenor and Six Percussion (2011) 14'

Commissioned by the New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble

Untitled, “Blush: red#40” for solo cello (2010) 3'

Commissioned by Katinka Kleijn, CSO cellist, for the Chicago Humanities Festival 2010


Mandolin, Guitar, Harp (2010) 10'

Commissioned by Noble Fowl Trio

Music for Four Strings (2010) 19'

Vibraphone Miniature for solo vibraphone (2009) 3'

Commissioned by Joe Bergen for the “For Semy” vibraphone repertoire project

Percussion Quartet (2009) 11'     

Commissioned by Ed Harrison, Lyric Opera Timpanist


Two Flutes and Tape (2009) 10'

Commissioned by Janet McKay


Solo for Large Ensemble for 33 players (2008, rev. 2009) 16'


Trio for flute, cello, piano (2008)

Commissioned by Shanna Gutierrez


Notes for Marti for solo piano (2008) 9'

Commissioned by Marti Epstein


Lullebiye for solo guitar (2008) 3'

Commissioned by Aaron Larget-Caplan

Solo for piano (2007) 10'

Commissioned by David Kalhous

Solo for Vibraphone, Mallets, and Bow (2007) 12'

Commissioned by Joe Bergen

[Untitled] for flute, violin, guitar, piano and percussion (2007) 12'

Premiere: International Contemporary Ensemble, Chapel, April 2007, Evanston, IL

Music for Seven Instruments and Voice for fl, cl pno, vln, vc, sop, vibr, mrmba (2006) 8'

Commissioned by Bang on A Can Festival 2006


Blueprint for solo guitar (2006) 12'

Commissioned by Seth Josel

This Too Shall Pass for percussion sextet (2006) 10'

Commissioned by Frank Epstein and the New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble


Music for 4 Strings, Piano and Clarinet (2005) 10'

Wind Quintet (2005) 9'

Commissioned by the 5 Degrees Northwest Wind Quintet

Flute and Guitar (2005) 14'

Commissioned by Steven Lin

Music for Orchestra (2,2,2,2/4,1,2,0/perc/stgs) (2004) 14'

Commissioned by the Northwestern University Chamber Orchestra

Winner, Northwestern University Orchestra Composition Competition

Evolution: Organization: Progression… for solo piano with slide whistles (2004) 3'

Violin and Piano (2004) 7'

Piano and Soprano (2004) 13'

Music for Viola (2004) 8'

Trio for piano, violin, and cello (2004) 12'

Written for Eighth Blackbird


Im Ein Ani Li Mi Li for SATB (2003) 5'

Commissioned by La Schola Cantorum

Till for solo piano (2003) 9'


Closure for 2 viola, 2 cello (2003) 15'

Ouvert for solo guitar (2003) 7'

Commissioned by Steven Lin

Unsere Befreiung for a cappella SSAATTBB (2002) 5'

2nd place winner of Cantemus Choral Composition Competition


Primary Colors for orchestra (2,2,2,2/4,1,2,0/perc/stgs) (2002) 15'


Dickinson Songs for soprano and piano (2002) 8'