"If You Are Able" from Heroes' Salute: A Musical Tribute to Veterans (2010)
Strings, Clarinet, Baritone Solo, Speaking
Text and Lyrics from WAR LETTERS: EXTRAORDINARY CORRESPONDENCE FROM AMERICAN WARS ed. Andrew Carroll, copyright 2002 by Andrew Carroll, used by permission of the editor.
"Story of the Dark World" from Heroes' Salute: A Musical Tribute to Veterans (2010)
Violins, Alto Sax, Percussion, Baritone Solo, Speaking
Text by Kim Anderson
Based on the life of Fred Burton as recorded in his memoir, GHOST: CONFESSIONS OF A COUNTERTERRORISM AGENT by Fred Burton, copyright 2008 by Fred Burton, used by permission of the author.
"Say a Woman's Name" (2010)
Solo Vocals (SSATTBB)
Interactive text painting of Austin Kleon’s blackout poem, “Say a Woman’s Name.” An expose of the idea that the legacy of monumental, influential and timeless women travels time. Similar to blackout poetry, the music is very limited; deep but succinct musical ideas ringing like bell tones at random intervals and locations as the names travel through time and space.
Conceived and composed around Easter as a meditation. The pitch content is derived from the natural overtone series of the cello (with a few alterations); the purpose is to create a very resonant color. The name refers to the halo effect I wished to portray/create and the bell-like clarity that should dominate this work.