Projects

A somewhat daunting ambition, one of the goals of my incessant music making has been to record the music I write and share it. On this page, you can learn about my upcoming recording projects – and, of course, if so inclined, please consider making a donation to help bring these projects to life. Thank you for supporting my music!

The Covid Project

A recording of vocal chamber music works reflecting the world’s experience during pandemic. The recording is planned with Camerata Philadelphia with guest artist Kyle Engler. Scheduled for Spring 2022.

Back in May 2020, stunned by the NY Times front page headline, An Incalculable Loss, followed by a listing of the then nearly 100,000 Americans killed by the coronavirus, I wanted to do something. Reaching out to the poet Richard Leach, with whom I had collaborated previously, he promptly sent me Missing Voices, which I set to music the following day. Somehow, a duet between voice and cello seemed right for his moving words. These are not statistics but individual humans with all of their connected friends and family – and this must be acknowledged, even as we struggle to fathom the depth of such loss.

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The Bridge

A recording of The Bridge by the Czech Chamber Orchestra Pardubice, conducted by Maestro Marek Štilec. Scheduled for October 2022.

A small, blue edition of Hart Crane’s masterpiece, The Bridge, has been living in my library for decades. The thought of doing something musically with it popped into mind now and then, but I never quite mustered the courage to do anything with it. However, during these days of coronavirus driven isolation, when the importance of human connectedness, so aptly symbolized by the image of the bridge, has been hammered into our consciousness, the time had come.

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Ahimsa

A recording of Ahimsa by the Czech Chamber Orchestra Pardubice, conducted by Maestro Marek Štilec. Scheduled for May 2022.

The older I get, the more I find myself thinking about the concept of ahimsa, which in its simplest sense, means not to inflict harm on others through thought, word or action. An ancient concept, yet one which has not caught on sufficiently in our troubled world. Humankind is not only in endless violent conflict within itself, but by and large we fail to recognize that we are part of all of life on this earth and all that life is a part of us. Thus, we inflict the same violence, if not worse, on the innocent lives of all Earth’s creatures, as we do upon ourselves.

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