chamber music

Entries link to recordings, ordering music, and points of interest.

Recordings can be more easily browsed on my Soundcloud account.

Chamber Ensemble

A Perfect Focus

For flute, clarinet, cello, and piano.
Duration approximately 15’00.

My first work for chamber ensemble turned out to be an ambitious piece performed by the indomitable Nu:BC ensemble; wild colors and a tall structure breaking out over bedlam and then a sumptuous denouement.

Loonie Tunes

For flute, oboe, clarinet, and viola.
Duration approximately 3’00.

A friend of mine approached me and asked me to write something for her bizarre chamber music collective. I replied that I would be absolutely happy to and that, as inspiration for the piece, I’d like each member to pick a favourite cartoon character from their childhood.

I then proceeded to make each movement be about one of these cartoon characters suffering some sort of elaborate and grim demise.

Patrick Stewart Bakes A Cake

For string quartet (2 violins, viola, and cello).

Duration approximately 7’00.

Regal, joyful, boisterous, sentimental, beautiful, sensual, hilarious, and inclusive; the title of this piece isn’t REALLY meant to sonically narrate the famous actor baking a cake – though it certainly could I suppose – I was more interested in the feeling I would associate with such a baker caper, how it makes me smile, and how this piece does much the same.

The Tragic Nature Of Being Ugly

For flute, oboe, clarinet, trombone, viola, bass, and narrator.

Commissioned by OperaFeHk in 2012.

Duration approximately 12’00.

This piece was born out of true happenstance: Once upon a time, while drooling through one of my theory classes, a friend of mine engaged me in a story writing game…

Chamber Solo

Around The Fire, After The Dance

For high voice and piano.
Duration approximately 3’00.

My first piece of written down music – it should deserve a special honour but I don’t know what that would be save to say that this piece remains one of my favourite little gems from my catalogue.

Jazz Surgery

For clarinet and piano.
Duration approximately 5’00.

I love that a title can set up the audiences expectations in a way that makes smashing them into smithereens more rewarding. There is a flavor of blue and comedy about this piece but it retires unexpectedly into something serene.

The Trombone Is Not A Vacuum Cleaner

For tenor trombone and piano.
Duration approximately 5’00.

A flippant title, but the idea of the piece is to replace the undeserved comedy of our beloved slide instrument with something sexy and somber.